International Education Verification
An International Education Evaluation is a comparison of the professionals’ academic accomplishments to standards in the United States. The International Education Evaluation Report is used for internal Ohio Professional Registry (OPR) use only and cannot be transferred to another employer, registry, or academic institution. A completed and verified evaluation may allow an education document to be verified in the Ohio Professional Registry and may count towards a Career Pathway Level if found to be US equivalent.
International Education Verification FAQs
No, OCCRRA does not provide translation services.
High School or Equivalent Education If required, a literal translation for high school or equivalent can be completed by the original document holder or another person/agency and does not require a notary or a certified translator to complete. The translation must be word for word translation and not a general subjective translation of the entire document.
College or University Education If required, a literal translation for college or university needs to be completed by a third-party (not a relative of the applicant) and does not require a notary or a certified translator to complete. There are times the OPR may request the professional to obtain a certified translation from a translation company or to provide a notarized statement of authenticity and accuracy from the translator.
A professional who has completed education outside of the United States that is now working in the State of Ohio Early Childhood System will need to have their education records evaluated to United States Equivalency for use in the Ohio Professional Registry. For high school education, the document will be reviewed to determine if an evaluation is needed. All college education will need to have an evaluation completed.
A professional seeking to have their academic records evaluated for US equivalency can obtain an International Education Evaluation in one of two ways:
- The Ohio Professional Registry International Education Evaluation
- Obtain an education credential evaluation by a third-party agency
The International Education Evaluation completed by the Ohio Professional Registry is provided at no cost. Please note, this evaluation is only accepted in the OPR and may not be accepted for any other purpose.
Third-party evaluations costs vary. Refer to the third-party evaluation information section on page five of this guide.
An International Education Evaluation Report is completed by the OPR staff in order to determine equivalency. It is a rubric form to document the information received from the professional and to document information found in the evaluation resources. These resources are industry standard trusted resources used by the major credential evaluation services. Every educational achievement will be accompanied with the International Education Evaluation Report outlining the results of the evaluation. This report will also be provided if the OPR is unable to evaluate for U.S. equivalent.
The International Education Evaluation Report is only used for internal Ohio Professional Registry use. This evaluation cannot be transferred to another employer, registry, or academic institution. A completed evaluation showing U.S. equivalency will allow an education document to be verified in the Ohio Professional Registry and will count towards a Career Pathway Level.
If, after every attempt to complete an evaluation, enough information was not provided or there are no resources available to determine equivalency, the OPR staff member will mark the application “Unable to Verify” which means the application was denied and we cannot process an evaluation. A note will be provided as to why the evaluation application was denied.
A professional can always obtain another evaluation report from a third-party agency and resubmit the education documents with the third-party report to their registry profile for review. The guidelines for a third-party evaluation can be found below.