How to Become a History Teacher in Ohio

Read about all the requirements needed to become a certified social studies teacher in Ohio. There are multiple steps a teacher must fulfill prior to getting licensed to teach history, including graduating with a degree, passing all OAEs, and completing the application process.

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If you have a passion for history and education, you might want to become an endorsed social studies teacher in the state of Ohio by receiving your Resident Educator License. Social studies teachers will be endorsed to teach students in grades 4-9 or grades 7-12. Take a look at the state's requirements for obtaining this license.

Ohio Social Studies Teacher Salary Information & Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in Ohio (2017)* $59,850 (Middle), $60,810 (Secondary)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Social Studies Education
Testing Requirements OAE Assessment of Professional Knowledge, Social Studies subject test, Foundations of Reading (for middle grades, only)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Earn a Bachelor's Degree

The first step toward becoming a history teacher in Ohio is to graduate from an approved, accredited teacher preparation program. There are many programs available to choose from in the state, and an interactive database tool is available on the Department of Education's website to help you explore options. If you'd like to teach middle school students, you'll need to major in middle childhood education and complete specialization coursework in social studies. A secondary education bachelor's degree program that includes a concentration in integrated social studies is required if you plan to teach high schoolers.

Regardless of which program you choose, you can expect to take classes in multiple subjects related to social studies, including history, political science, and geography. The student teaching internship, during which students will learn strategies to rely on in the classroom, is also an essential part of preparing future teachers. Each education program will have slightly different class requirements, but you can expect to also take courses in the following areas:

  • Human development
  • Cultural diversity in education
  • Classroom management
  • Methods for teaching social studies

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Step 2: Take All Required OAE Tests

OAE Assessment of Professional Knowledge

The next step for future social studies teachers is to take all required Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE). Candidates, depending on the grade levels they plan to teach, will start off with the Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Adolescence to Young Adult (7-12) exam or the Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Middle Childhood (4-9) exam. These are computer-based exams given at testing centers throughout the state, and they consist of 100 multiple-choice questions, 1 case study written assignment, and 1 work product written assignment. The tests are 3 hours long and both require a score of at least 220.

OAE Content Area Tests

Future high school teachers will also need to take the OAE Integrated Social Studies exam, which is made up of 150 multiple-choice questions and is 3 hours long. Those seeking licensure to teach middle schoolers must complete the OAE Middle Grades Social Studies exam, which contains 125 questions and is 3 hours long. Each of these tests, like the Assessment of Professional Knowledge exams, require passing scores of 220 and cost $105, as of April 2018. In addition, future middle school teachers will also need to take the 4-hour Foundations of Reading assessment, which contains 100 questions and 2 written portions. The passing score for that test is also 220, and the fee is $139.

Step 3: Turn in the Certification Application

Teachers will need to complete an application through Ohio's Department of Education website, and they will need to submit transcripts and test scores. Teachers will need to pay the application fee, which is $160 as of April 2018. When the application has been submitted, teachers will receive an acknowledgment email and a notice that the application has either been approved, put on hold, or declined.

Step 4: Complete a Background Check

Teachers will also need to pass a background check. Ohio requires both an FBI background check and an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) background check. The FBI check will stay valid for 5 years after an applicant passes, while a BCI will remain valid as long as a teacher does not move from the state.

Study Resources for Future Ohio Teachers

Take this opportunity to start studying for OAE exams. There are many online resources, including the following guides full of information and practice problems.

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