High School Teaching Requirements in Ohio

Read the following steps for helpful tips about becoming a secondary school educator in Ohio. Find out what is required of future educators and how to complete all the necessary steps toward certification.

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Hopeful secondary school educators in the state of Ohio can apply for the Resident Educator License in order to take the first step toward teaching. Once a student decides on a subject area, he or she can follow all the steps required to become a certified educator.

Ohio Salary Information and Requirements

Average Salary for Secondary Teachers in Ohio (2017)* $60,810
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Education, content area
Testing Requirements OAE Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Adolescence to Young Adult (7-12); subject exam

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Part 1: Graduate with a Bachelor's Degree

Future secondary school teachers in Ohio are going to need to pursue a degree in the content area they hope to teach, like math, English, or a world language. They will also need to enroll in an approved, accredited teacher preparation program at their university of choice. This program gives students access to mentors in the field and provide them with a strong basis of pedagogical knowledge. The Department of Education offers a searchable database for students looking for suitable programs. All approved programs must include Reading in the Content Area or similar coursework that shows future teachers how to help improve students' literacy regardless of the subject area of the class. Examples of courses include:

  • Teaching Assessments and Evaluations: a course like this would explore how assessments can be tailored for different atmospheres and learning styles
  • Educational Technology Applications: teachers learn how to use different programs and tools in the classroom
  • Planning and Instruction for High School: this type of class would work with teachers' styles to help them create the best approach for instructing students

A student teaching internship lasting at least 12 weeks is also part of the degree program.

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Part 2: Take All Required OAE Exams

Next, teachers will need to take the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) exams. The two applicable exams are the Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Adolescence to Young Adult (7-12) and the subject exam necessary for their endorsement area. First, the Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Adolescence to Young Adult (7-12) test is a 3-hour exam made up of 100 multiple-choice questions, 1 case study written question, and 1 work product written portion. Students need to score at least a 220 on the test. The test covers student development and learning, assessment and instruction, the professional environment, and more. The test costs $105.

Next, teachers need to take the right content exam. This will be different for every subject area, but there is a helpful breakdown of all available tests on the official OAE website. Most assessments cost around $105.

Part 3: Turn in the Online Certification Application

After all OAEs have been completed, teachers are ready to begin the certification application. Ohio uses an online system called CORE through which applicants upload all required materials. A background check is required, though the fee varies by location. Teachers will also pay a $160 fee for their Resident Educator License. When all transcripts, test scores, and any additional documents (such as those specific to certain certification areas, such as world languages) have been provided, teachers will be eligible for licensure.

Study Resources for Future Ohio Secondary Teachers

Take a look at the resources below for study tips and guides for the Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Adolescence to Young Adult (7-12) and all content exams. Discover all the hints you'll need for the OAEs.

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