How to Become a High School History Teacher in Ohio

Find out how to take the first step toward becoming a certified history teacher in the state of Ohio. Discover how to complete all educational requirements, tests, and the steps in the certification process.

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As of 2017, Ohio is experiencing a shortage of social studies and humanities teachers. Any students interested in becoming a history teacher in the state of Ohio can complete the requirements and become certified.

Ohio Teacher Salary Information and Requirements

Average Salary for Elementary Teachers in Ohio (2016)* $60,810 (Secondary)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Education with a concentration in Social Studies or History
Testing Requirements OAE exams: Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Adolescence to Young Adult; Integrated Social Studies

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Graduate with a Bachelor's Degree

The first step for all future secondary social science teachers is to graduate from an approved, accredited teacher preparation program with a degree in social studies. These programs will cover several areas of study including history. Students may later be able to specialize in history specifically at the secondary school level, depending on the requirements at the school district they teach in. However, there is no specific history education degree, so teachers will need to learn about several subject areas. Teacher preparation programs will cover multiple areas, like political science and economics, in order to prepare students for their Integrated Social Science license. Students will be expected to complete student teaching during their preparation program, as well. Each program will vary from school to school, but most will include classes like:

  • American History
  • Politics & Government
  • Educational Psychology
  • Principles of Education

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Step 2: Take All Required Tests

The next step for future teachers is to take all required Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE). First, teachers will take the Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Adolescence to Young Adult exam, which is 3 hours long and made up of 100 multiple-choice questions, 1 case study written assignment, and 1 work product written assignment. Teachers need to score a 220 or higher, and they will pay $105 in fees. Teachers will then take the Integrated Social Studies test, which is also 3 hours long and requires a score of at least 220. This test is made up entirely of 150 multiple-choice questions.

Step 3: Complete the Certification Application

After all OAE testing is complete, teachers can begin the application process. Applicants need to fill out the online application for licensure on the Ohio Department of Education's website. Teachers will need a copy of all test scores in addition to the $20 fee for each subject endorsement. When all required documentation has been submitted and forms have been completed, teachers will receive their Resident Educator License, which is valid for 4 years in the state of Ohio.

Study Resources for Future Ohio Teachers

Material is available online for students who want to start studying now for the Ohio Assessments for Educators. Take a look at the guides below for helpful tips and practice problems.

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