Teaching Endorsement

PK-12 Computer Science

The SoIT is offering a teaching endorsement licensing option for professional educators seeking additional credentials. The Computer Science Endorsement allows a teacher to become certified within the state of Ohio to teach computer science subjects at the grades PK-12.

Our Early IT Graduate Certificate of Information Technology is an online competency-based program that offers flexibility and scheduling convenience. Completing the Early IT Graduate Certificate can also lead to an Ohio teaching credential. 

The program has been approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) and satisfies the requirements the Ohio Department of Education's (ODE) Computer Science Endorsement.

An endorsement is a supplemental credential that can be added to an existing Ohio teaching license. It gives the flexibility to teach computer science in PK-12 grade levels, which can provide additional value as an educator.

To be eligible for the Computer Science Endorsement, a candidate must:

  • Possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited university.
  • Hold a valid, Ohio, standard teaching license. Individuals who hold substitute or alternative licenses are not able to obtain endorsements per the ODE.
  • Must complete all 18 semester credit hour IT graduate certificate coursework. See the Graduate Certificate of Information Technology curriculum.
  • Candidates in the Graduate Certificate Program will have their transcripts annotated noting this certificate was completed.
  • Successful completion requires receiving a minimum grade of B minus in each of the required coures.
  • Must complete required ODE compliance modules.
  • Acquire and document a minimum of 50 clock hours of field experience beyond the initial license.
  • Provide evidence of a passing score on the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) exam (054). See Ohio Assessment for Educators exam
  • The School of Information Technology will recommend eligible candidates who successfully complete the course of study and pass the OAE for the Ohio Computer Science Endorsement. 

Each state is responsible for its own certification licensure requirements, which may change without notice to the university’s certification or licensure officer.  Therefore, if you are seeking to add the Computer Science Endorsement, you must consult interstate agreements to determine if this credential is accepted by a state outside of Ohio, and if other requirements must be met.

Districts and schools are eligible to apply for $2,000 from Ohio TechCred for anyone wishing to earn a technology credential.

For questions about enrolling in the Information Technology Graduate Certificate Program, please contact our Assistant Director of Graduate Programs, Lauren Kirgis.

For general questions about the Computer Science Endorsement, please contact our School of Information Technology Academic Specialist, Tracy Collins.