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How to Become a Master Teacher in Ohio

Jan 02, 2019

Many states have a designation for teachers who meet specific requirements as set by the state. A master teacher can be simply defined as an educator who goes beyond what is required in order educate their students, as well as their communities. One such state is Ohio.

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The state of Ohio has a master teacher designation that educators can obtain after meeting time, education, and other requirements. This includes receiving exemplary scores in the five areas on a scoring guide: consistent leadership, focused collaboration, distinguished teaching: focus on students and environment, distinguished teaching - focus on content, instruction, & assessment, and continued professional growth.

Ohio Educator Renewal Requirements

Average Salary for Education Professionals in Ohio $56,400 (Kindergarten), $59,950 (Elementary), $59,850 (Middle School), $60,810 (High School)
Required Degree Bachelor's
Degree Field Education
Testing Requirements Not required for renewal

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step One: Meeting the Basic Requirements and Beginning the Application

The first step for any educator to obtain the Ohio master teacher designation, there are four primary requirements that they must meet. They must hold a valid teaching license, as well as have taught a minimum of seven years prior to the current school year. The educator must also be currently employed as a teacher and work at least 120 days during the current school year. After meeting these requirements, the educator should begin the application and be prepared to give the requested information. This includes the educator's name, their school districts, current assignment, teaching license number, area of licensure, number of years as an educator, degrees, and date submitted.

Step Two: Written Narrative and Evidence

The next step that the educator must complete is writing a narrative sections that responds to prompts given by the Montana Department of Education. The responses to the prompts must refer not only to the educators experience in the classroom, but also the criteria they are expected to meet. The educator must also provide evidence, no more than five years old, to support the responses within the narrative. There can be no more than ten pieces of evidence, although there is no limit to how long each piece of evidence is. Evidence must be number, demonstrate and support the narrative, and can be used multiple times within the narrative.

Step Three: Recommendation Form

The third step an educator must take is to obtain two of the Ohio Master Teacher Candidate Recommendation Form filled out by reputable colleagues or community members. These colleagues or community members would be willing to confirm that the applicant meets the standards required to be a master teacher.

Step Four: Being Scored by the Master Teacher Committee

The final step in applying for the master teacher designation in Ohio is the educator being scored on the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession by the Master Teacher Committee. The committee is required to have at least five members. At least two of which are expected to score each application based on the Scoring Guide provided by the Ohio Department of Education. Those who score each application will then compare scores to determine the candidates final score.

Step Five: Submit Application

The final step is to submit all documents related to the application. This included the written narrative, the recommendation forms, evidence, and the forms from the Master Teacher Committee.

Five Criterion Areas

There are five criterion area's that an applicant is judge on by the Master Teacher Committee, in order to be considered the applicant must score exemplary in four out of the five categories. The first category is consistent leadership, which requires that teachers ensure student learning and well being by taking part in their schools decision making, leadership, and innovations. Focused collaboration is the second criterion, this involves educators cultivating with their colleagues, students, and communities in order to support student learning. Distinguished teaching takes up two criterion. The first is in regard to students and their environment, teachers must analyze situations and students in order to create an environment in order for students to thrive. The second is the educators focus on content, instruction, and assessment. This means they must have an understanding of the academic content they teach and be able to evaluate student learning in said content. The final criterion is continued professional growth, this means the educator must be dedicated to continuously improving upon themselves as professionals and shape their goals in regards to student learning and developing a professional plan.

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