How to Become a Health Teacher in Ohio

Health teachers can work at all grade levels. To become a health teacher in Ohio, a candidate must complete a number of education, training and testing steps. Once these steps have been overcome, candidates may apply for licensure and a health endorsement.

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Health teachers play a vital role in educating learners of all ages about wellness. To perform this role, prospective teachers must acquire the relevant knowledge and the ability to apply effective teaching methodologies in the classroom. The pathway to becoming a health teacher in Ohio involves obtaining an initial teacher license and an endorsement in health.

Health Teacher Certification Requirements in Ohio

Average Salary for Teachers in Ohio (2017)* $59,950 (Elementary), $59,850 (Middle), $60,810 (Secondary)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Health education
Testing Requirements Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) Professional Knowledge Assessment (Pedagogy) and Content Assessment: Health (023)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Earn a Degree

Aspiring health teachers in Ohio should first obtain a bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college. In concert with this, candidates should also complete an approved educator preparation program which usually forms part of a bachelor's degree program.

During their educator preparation program, candidates must satisfy the following initial licensure requirements:

  • Complete 100 hours of supervised field experience prior to the student teaching internship for initial licensure.
  • Complete a 12-week student teaching internship.
  • Complete the three-semester hour reading requirement.

Heath education educator preparation programs generally require candidates to complete about 24 hours of coursework which will typically consist of classes which introduce topics such as epidemiology, health program planning and health evaluation. The program will also include a practicum.

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Step 2: Pass All Required Testing

When initial teacher licensure education requirements have been satisfied, teacher candidates need to pass the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) exam. This exam comprises two sections: a pedagogy assessment and a content assessment.

The pedagogy assessment is the OAE Professional Knowledge Assessment (004): Multi-Age (PK-12) test. The fee to take the test is $105. This test is computer-based and is structured in the following way:

  • 100 multiple-choice questions
  • One case study written assignment
  • One work product written assignment

Candidates have three hours to complete the test and the minimum pass score is 220.

Once the pedagogy testing element has been successfully completed, candidates will need to pass the OAE Content Assessment: Health (023) test. This test is also computer-based and consists of 100 multiple-choice questions and nothing else. Candidates have two hours to complete the test. The fee is once again $105.

Both tests are administered by Pearson Vue and candidates should register for the tests through the Pearson Vue website.

Step 3: Apply for an Initial Teacher License with Endorsement

Once the pedagogy and health content area tests have been completed, candidates can submit an application for an initial teacher license. The initial teacher license in Ohio is called a Resident Educator License. The license is issued for four years and is non-renewable.

Candidates should submit their applications electronically using the Ohio Department of Education's Security Application For Enterprise (SAFE) online portal. The Resident Educator License application fee is $160. A further $20 is charged for the addition of a license area.

Once an application has been accepted, Resident Educator License holders should complete the four-year Resident Educator Program which helps newly qualified teachers with mentoring and professional development. When this program and the associated Resident Educator Summative Assessment have been completed, teachers may apply for a Professional Educator License which is issued for five years and can be renewed.

Ohio Health Teacher Certification Resources

Please click on the following links to access our resources for assisting health teacher candidates in Ohio with studying for their licensure exams:

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