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How to Become a Math Teacher in Ohio

Jan 02, 2019

Read a breakdown of the steps needed to become a certified math teacher in the state of Ohio, including details on testing, educational requirements, and the certification process.

As of 2017, Ohio is experiencing a math teacher shortage statewide and needs qualified applicants. Ohio offers math teacher certification for grades 4-12, and could therefore be a good place to pursue a career in math education.

Ohio Math Teacher Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in Ohio (2016)* $59,000 (Elementary School),
$58,580 (Middle School),
$59,610 (Secondary School)
Required Degree Bachelor's
Degree Field Math Education
Testing Requirements OAE Professional Knowledge exams and subject tests

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Earn a Bachelor's Degree

Before completing any testing or certification paperwork, prospective teachers in Ohio need to graduate from an approved, accredited math teacher preparation program. There are many programs to choose from, and it is important for all prospective teachers to decide which age group they would like to work with in order to enroll in the appropriate preparation program. The courses in each program will vary slightly, though most will require classes in calculus, algebra, educational methods, and instructional technologies. It is important to note that middle school teachers may be certified to teach two subjects, while secondary school math teachers may be certified only in math.

Step 2: Complete All Required Testing

The next step toward certification is testing. All prospective teachers in Ohio must complete the appropriate Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE). Future middle school educators will take the Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Middle Childhood (4-9), which costs $105 and is made up of 100 multiple-choice questions, one case study, and one written assignment. Additionally, middle school math educators will take two content exams: Middle Grades Mathematics and Foundations of Reading. The Middle Grades Mathematics exam is made up of 125 multiple-choice questions and costs $105, while the Foundations of Reading exam costs $139 and is made up of 100 multiple-choice questions and two written responses. All three exams require passing scores of 220.

Teachers hoping to instruct students in grades 7-12 should take the Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Adolescence to Young Adult exam, which is made up of 100 multiple-choice questions, one case study assignment, and one work product written assignment. They will also take the Mathematics subject exam, which consists of 150 multiple-choice questions. Each exam costs $105 and requires a passing score of 220.

Step 3: Submit Certification Application

The last step for future Ohio math teachers is to complete the certification application, which can be found on Ohio's Department of Education website. In order to fulfill the requirements for a Resident Educator License, a student must submit a pre-application through their school. If the pre-application is being submitted 12 months after graduation, additional paperwork may be required. Once the pre-application is complete, students will receive a link to continue their application through the Online Licensure Department at Ohio's Department of Education. Student will need to have proof that they are cleared for graduation, that they have passed all required tests, and that they have been fingerprinted. Once this process is complete and students have paid the $160 fee, they will be awarded with their Resident Educator Licenses.

Certification Resources for Future Ohio Teachers

If you have any lingering questions about OAE testing, there are many resources available to help. Click through the study guides below for more detailed information about future testing.

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