How to Become a High School Math Teacher in Ohio

Find out exactly what the state of Ohio requires for certification of future secondary school math teachers. Read about all required educational experience, OAE testing, and the application process.

The state of Ohio endorses teachers to instruct secondary students in integrated mathematics. Since the state has experienced a math teacher shortage for the last few years, any interested teachers can take the steps to become certified and teach in the state.

Salary Information and Requirements for Ohio Teachers

Average Salary for High School Teachers in Ohio (2016)* $60,810
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Math Education
Testing Requirements 2 OAEs: Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Adolescence to Young Adult (7-12), Mathematics

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Obtain a Bachelor's Degree

In order to become a certified math teacher in the state of Ohio, students will need to graduate from an approved, accredited teacher preparation program in the state with a degree in Math Education. There are several programs in the state that suffice, so students should be sure to consider all available options before enrolling. Most programs will likely start out with general education courses required for every major at the college or university. Every program will emphasize mathematical principles in addition to teacher education. All programs will vary slightly, but most will include classes like:

  • Calculus
  • Geometry
  • Human Development
  • Classroom Management

All students will participate in a student teaching program toward the end of their degree. This aspect of the degree program will enable them to test the skills they've learned in a classroom setting.

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Step 2: Pass All Required OAE Exams

Once all educational requirements have been met, future math teachers can sign up to take all applicable Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAEs). First, teachers will take the Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Adolescence to Young Adult (7-12). Teachers need to score at least a 220 on this 3-hour test. The exam is made up of 100 multiple-choice questions, 1 case study written assignment, and 1 work product written assignment. The test costs $105. Next, teachers will take the Mathematics exam, which also requires a 220 or higher and costs $105. The exam is 4 hours and 15 minutes long and is made up of 150 multiple-choice questions.

Step 3: Complete the Application for Certification

Finally, after all educational requirements and testing is complete, students can begin the application process. The state of Ohio uses a streamlined process through the Department of Education, so teachers can complete everything online. Teachers will need their transcripts, test scores, and an FBI background check in order to receive their Resident Educator License. Additionally, teachers will have to pay $20 per subject endorsement area. When all application requirements have been met, teachers will receive their Resident Educator License, which is valid in the state for four years.

Resources for Future Ohio Teachers

There are many different online resources for students looking to start studying for OAE exams. Check out the guides below for practice problems and support.

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