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Alternative Resident Educator

The BGSU alternative resident educator graduate certificate lets current teachers under the initial alternative resident educator (ARE) certificate program qualify for the coursework element of the Professional Teacher License from the State of Ohio.

If you are an Ohio teacher currently teaching in Ohio schools and have completed the Intensive Pedagogical Training Institute (IPTI) or the Alternative Resident Educator Institute (AREI), this flexible, online post-baccalaureate certificate program is for you.  

Self-paced, online and competency-driven, the ARE Certificate can be completed in under one year.

Successful graduates will meet the coursework requirements of the professional teaching license in Ohio. See ODE for additional requirements.  

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Pathway to your professional teaching license

The alternative resident educator program (AREP) is being offered to respond to the State of Ohio’s need for licensed teachers to fill immediate vacancies.

The competency-driven curriculum improves your knowledge of high-quality, exemplary classroom practice, like new ways to communicate with, engage and accommodate students in the classroom.

Tuition is personalized and self-paced with our high-quality online learning system. Additionally, all courses are supervised by faculty from the BGSU Education masters classes.

Another benefit, you can apply credit hours to the Master in Education degree.

Your degree, your way

Flexible online learning means progressing your career can adapt to your work schedule. Students can complete the BGSU alternative resident educator program in under one year.

The BGSU College of Education and Human Development is nationally ranked by US News & World Report as one of the top programs for education. The college offers masters and doctoral degrees as well as specialist qualifications and endorsements, certificates & licenses.

Career opportunities

Professional teaching licensee holders contribute to the direction of the profession in Ohio and the nation. As well as expert classroom facilitators, they are lifelong learners.  

An alternative resident educator graduate certificate is one step towards the Master Teacher designation. This experience-led designation is required for the Senior Professional Educator License and one of the pathways to the Lead Professional Educator License.

This clear-cut pathway to management and leadership roles and increased responsibility and higher earnings is facilitated by the range of qualifications available from the College of Education and Human Development at BGSU.

Career paths

  • Intervention Specialist
  • STEAM Elementary Teacher
  • Head Band Director
  • Virtual High School Teacher
  • Educational & Instructional Support Services
  • Teacher of the Blind/Visually Impaired

Advance your career

Committing to your professional development as a teacher will make you stand out in job applications, prepare you for a master’s degree, or doctorate and make you a more confident professional in the classroom.

  • Develop your academic credentials
  • Build your professional expertise
  • Strengthen your management and leadership skills
  • Sharpen your critical thinking and communication skills


Six core courses make up the required learning for the alternative resident educator graduate certificate. Students explore, among other topics, professional responsibility, family communication and engagement with a broader learning community. 

In classroom teaching is enhanced with conscious reflection on past practice and examining new ways to create a positive and engaging learning environment. 

Other classes look at ways to create effective classroom procedures and manage student behavior, learning and design and implement assessments.

Elective courses in literacy and phonics round out this thorough professional development course for active teachers.  

Required courses

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Sample courses

  • Classroom Management & Learning Environments
  • Assessment Design & Implementation
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Phonics and Word Study
  • Planning & Preparation
  • Disciplinary Literacy

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BGSU College of Education and Human Development

The Alternative Resident Educator graduate certificate is a program in the College of Education & Human Development

Updated: 04/12/2024 01:21PM