The Alternative Resident Educator graduate certificate is an eCampus program of the College of Education & Human Development

An Ohio Alternative Resident Educator teaches an elementary school class as a part of the professional teaching license.
  • Certificate/Endorsement Available
  • Offered Online
  • Certificate/Endorsement Available
  • Offered Online

Graduate Certificate - Online

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.  

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.


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.    


Easy enrollment

  1. Complete an application form online for the Alternative Resident Educator online program. Note: There is a non-refundable application fee of $45.
  2. Submit official transcripts. High school or college or both If you have less than 30 semesters or 45 quarter hours.
  3. Student Orientation. You will receive an email from the Admissions office when your application has been processed and is complete. Near the registration date, you will be invited to participate in an online, telephone, or in-person Student Orientation, Advising, & Registration session, where all your questions will be answered. 

STAND OUT in courses like

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

The online, competency-driven format encourages students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in the areas of teaching through narratives, artifacts and classroom videos.


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.

Stand Out in courses like

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

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BGSU is the only Quality Matters Online Learner Support certificate that recognizes our commitment to online student success. You can be confident you'll receive the same support as our on-campus students. All BGSU student and academic services are fully accommodated online, from accessing the University Libraries materials to academic advising to remote sessions for technical support.

Program Information

Students taking the alternative resident educator graduate certificate undertake 15 credit hours - (12 hours core, 3 hours reading elective).   

The program is personalized and self-paced, however, modules are supervised by BGSU education masters faculty.

Application Requirements


Submit Your Graduate College Application Online

For Area of Study, select “Certificate” AND “Workforce Education" - Certificate (eCampus)

Note:  All graduate level programs use the same Graduate College Application. A $45 nonrefundable application fee is assessed for domestic applications. The international application fee is $75.


Submit Transcripts

Submit scanned copies of official or unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended to the Graduate College. Upon admission, final official transcripts from each degree granting institution must be submitted.

Request official transcripts be sent to:

Graduate College
200 University Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403


Applicants must also submit test scores from either the GRE or an OAE content test in an appropriate content area.

International applicants are also required to submit scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTEA), or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Successful completion of ELS 112 will also be accepted for this requirement.

You will be enrolled in and receive your graduate certificate from the College of Education & Human Development.

College officials are welcome to send links to secure site delivery to   If you need to mail admission documents, please send them to:

Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
Graduate College
200 University Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403

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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

Nontraditional and Military Student Services (NTMSS)

Bowling Green State University has once again been named one of the top universities in the United States for veterans by the Military Times in its Best for Vets: Colleges 2020 rankings.

The BGSU NTMSS service is available in-person or remotely. It provides assistance to support you as you make career and educational choices. Beginning, returning to, or continuing your college education can pose a variety of challenges.  

The NTMSS staff are familiar with the issues facing nontraditional and military students and can be a resource as you plan and complete your program.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the ARE graduate certificate, students are expected to exhibit competency and critical reflection in the following areas:

  • Professional Responsibility, Principles & Practices of Teaching
  • Classroom Management & Learning Environments
  • Student Development & Learning
  • Assessment
  • Planning & Preparation
  • Instruction

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

More information on accreditation and educator outcomes data.

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The alternative resident educator program does not lead to professional licensure.

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The alternative resident educator program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.

Updated: 03/14/2023 03:20PM