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 pass prior to getting licensed, including graduating with a degree, passing all OAEs, and completing the application process.

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Anyone with a passion for history can become an endorsed social studies teacher in the state of Ohio and receive their Resident Educator License. Social studies teachers will be endorsed to teach students in 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

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Earn a Bachelor's Degree in Integrated Social Studies

The first step toward becoming a social studies teacher in Ohio is to graduate from an approved, accredited teacher preparation program. One component to these programs is the student teaching internship, during which students will learn strategies to rely on in the classroom. 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. Students will need to enroll in a program that prepares them for an integrated social studies endorsement, so they will take classes in multiple subjects including history, political science, and geography. Each program will have slightly different class requirements, but all students can expect to take:

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

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Step 2: Take All Required OAE Tests

The next step for future social studies teachers is to take all required Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE). Social studies teachers will start off with the Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Adolescence to Young Adult (7-12) exam. This is a computer-based exam given at testing centers throughout the state, and it consists of 100 multiple-choice questions, 1 case study written assignment, and 1 work product written assignment. The test is 3 hours long and requires a score of at least a 220. Teachers will also need to take the Integrated Social Studies exam, which is made up of 150 multiple-choice questions and 3 hours long. This test, like the Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Adolescence to Young Adult (7-12) exam, is $105 as of April 2018.

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 acknowledgement 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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