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Teacher Certification Made Simple!

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Ohio Teacher Certification



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To become a certified teacher in Ohio, you will need to fulfill all prerequisite coursework, teacher preparation, and testing requirements.

Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible, and we are dedicated to updating the site with new information on a regular basis. To stay up-to-date with the latest in teacher certification, please complete the form in the right sidebar.

Certification Requirements

Candidates seeking teaching certification in the state of Ohio must meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited institution
  • Completion of a state and regionally approved teacher education program
  • Passing scores on all Ohio Educator Assessment (OAE) tests
  • Background check and fingerprint clearance on both a state and federal level. Visit Ohio DOE’s Background Check FAQs to find out more about the background check process.

Ohio Teacher Prerequisite Coursework

All states require that licensed teachers at a minimum have a Bachelor’s degree. Coursework for teacher licensure in Ohio varies with different state-approved teacher preparation programs, but generally involves subject matter mastery and basic pedagogical theory and practice.

There are several different types of Ohio teacher licensure and the Ohio Department of Education offers a nice summary of their requirements in PDF format.

Ohio Teacher Preparation

Teacher preparation includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program.

Alternative Certification

Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree was not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements. Click here for information on Ohio Alternative Certification

Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often includes instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (or the art and science of teaching), and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and an internship. The Ohio State Department publishes a list of state-approved teacher preparation programs.

While the involvement in an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of financial resources specifically for teachers exist around the country. For more information on this, visit our page on scholarships for teachers. For more scholarships for teachers exclusive to the State of Ohio, visit our Ohio Teacher Scholarships page.

Ohio Required Tests

As of September 2013, all Praxis series requirements have been replaced by Ohio’s new test series, Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE). Under the OAE, all teaching applicants must complete and pass a Pedagogy Assessment and a Content Assessment.

Early Childhood (PK-3) Certification

OAE Content

OAE Pedagogy

License Type

Early
Childhood
Education
(012)

Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Early
Childhood

Early Childhood Education (PK-3)

Middle Childhood (Grades 4-9) Certification

All candidates seeking certification in Middle Childhood are required to take and pass the OAE Pedagogy Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Middle Childhood, along with the Content Assessment required for their subject area.

OAE Content

License Type

Middle Grades English Language Arts (028)

Language Arts & Reading

Middle Grades Mathematics (030)

Mathematics

Middle Grades Science (029)

Science

Middle Grades Social Studies (031)

Social Studies

Adolescence to Young Adult (7-12) Certification

All candidates seeking certification in Adolescence to Young Adult are required to take and pass the OAE Pedagogy Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Adolescence to Young Adult, along with the Content Assessment(s) required for their subject area.

OAE Content

License Type

English Language Arts (020)

Integrated Language Arts

Mathematics (027)

Integrated Mathematics

Integrated Science (024)

Integrated Science

Integrated Social Studies (025)

Integrated Social Studies

Chemistry (009)
Physics (035)

Physical Science (Chemistry & Physics)

Chemistry (009)

Physical Sciences: Chemistry

Physics (035)

Physical Sciences: Physics

Biology (007)

Life Sciences

Biology (007)
Earth & Space Sciences (014)

Life Sciences / Earth Sciences

Biology (007)
Physics (035)

Life Sciences / Physics

Biology (007)
Chemistry (009)

Life Sciences / Chemistry

Earth & Space Sciences (014)

Earth Sciences

Earth & Space Sciences (014)
Physics (035)

Earth Sciences / Physics

Earth & Space Sciences (014)
Chemistry (009)

Earth Sciences / Chemistry

Multi-Age (K-12) Certification

All candidates seeking Multi-Age certification are required to take and pass the OAE Pedagogy Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Multi-Age, along with the Content Assessment(s) required for their subject area.

OAE Content

License Type

Computer Information Science (010)

Computer Information Science

Dance (011)

Dance

Theater (048)

Drama/Theater

*There is no OAE assessment for World Languages. Applicants are required to complete
the following: ACTFL, Oral Proficiency Interview, and Writing Proficiency Test

Foreign / World Languages*

Health (023)

Health

School Library Media (041)

Library/Media

Music (032)

Music

Physical Education (034)

Physical Education

English to Speakers of Other Languages (021)

TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers
of Other Languages)

Art (006)

Visual Arts

Intervention Specialist (Special Education) Certification

All candidates seeking Intervention Specialist certification are required to take and pass the OAE Pedagogy Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Early Childhood PK-3 or Multi-Age K-12 (depending on grade level), along with the Content Assessment(s) required for their subject area.


OAE Content

License Type

Early Childhood Special Education (013)

Early Childhood Intervention Specialist (PK-3)

Special Education Specialist: Deaf/Hard of Hearing (044)

Hearing Impaired (PK-12)

Special Education (043)

Mild/Moderate Needs (K-12)

Special Education (043)

Moderate/Intensive Needs (K-12)

Special Education Specialist: Visually Impaired

Visually Impaired (PK-12)

Ohio Certification Reciprocity

Ohio will accept some teaching credentials from the following states. Contact the Ohio Department of Education to inquire about your specific situation. Please see our interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.

Alabama

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Illinois

Indiana

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Ohio Teacher Salary

  • Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: Ohio provides differential pay support for teachers teaching in high needs schools and teachers teaching in shortage subject areas
  • Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: Ohio Four Year Resident Educator Program
  • Average Elementary Teacher Salary: The average elementary school teacher in Ohio makes $54,180

  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: The average secondary teacher in Ohio makes $55,870

  • Teacher Salary vs. State Average Salary: The average teacher in Ohio makes 151% of the salary of the average worker in Ohio
  • Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: The average teacher in Ohio receives 15 weeks of vacation per year

Teacher Certification Information & Links

Ohio Substitute Teacher Requirements

Please click here to learn more about how to become a substitute teacher in Ohio.

Contact Information

      Ohio Department of Education

      Office of Educator Licensure

      25 South Front Street, Mail Stop 105

      Columbus, Ohio 43215

      516-466-3593- Contact

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