Applying for and Obtaining Endorsements

The steps below outline how to apply for and obtain the K-12 Reading Endorsement and/or the TESOL Endorsement. Applicants are encouraged to wait to take the examination until after all courses in the endorsement program have been completed. Heidelberg's School of Education will not submit the licensure application until all courses and requirements have been completed and test scores have been received. For questions on this part of the process, please contact the School of Education at 419-448-2125 or the program director, Dr. Karen Jones at 419-448-2130.

  1. Take the Required Content Examination

    Beginning Sept. 1, 2013, a new test series, Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE), replaced the Praxis II series as the required Ohio educator licensure tests. Testing will be offered on computer and will be available by appointment at test centers in Ohio and nationwide. Additional information about registration for the assessments is available on the OAE website.

    To determine what assessments you will need to take for licensure, please look over the "What Assessments Do I Need to Take?" portion of the OAE website. Most tests are offered year round, by appointment. Please check for your test's availability here. Be sure to have your scores sent to Heidelberg University as well as the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).

    Note: If you have already passed the PRAXIS II specialty area test, "Introduction to the Teaching of Reading (#5204 or #0204)," your scores will still be accepted by ODE. You do not have to take the new test.

    The state-mandated OAE exam(s) for the Reading (PK–12) endorsement are:

    • K-12 Reading Endorsement - 038/039 Reading (Subtests I & II)
    • TESOL Endorsement - 021 English to Speakers of Other Languages
  2. Notify Heidelberg

    After you have completed all of the courses in the endorsement AND taken the tests, notify Heidelberg’s School of Education that you have completed the requirements by sending in the Endorsement Clearance Request Form. Please do not submit this form any earlier.

  3. Apply for Licensure

    Submit a licensure application to the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) via online, by creating a SAFE Account and follow the directions below:

    • Click on ODE CORE.

    • In the My Credentials box, select to Renew in the drop down box, and then Add Area.

    • Choose correct endorsement area: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language PreK-12 [050275] OR Reading [059902]


Congratulations on finishing your license endorsement at Heidelberg.  We were glad you choose Heidelberg to advance your career. Good luck with everything and if we can help you in the future, please let us know at or 419-448-2062.