How to Become a Middle School Teacher in Ohio

Discover how to get Resident Educator certification in the state of Ohio. Read about all educational requirements, OAE testing, and the application procedure.

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The state of Ohio has been experiencing a teacher shortage since 2017 for the areas of English, mathematics, science, and social studies. Since these are all areas which middle school educators handle, any students interested in a degree in Middle Childhood Education can follow the steps necessary to achieve their license.

Ohio Middle School Teacher Salary Information and Requirements

Average Salary for Middle School Teachers in Ohio (2016)* $59,850
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Middle Childhood Education
Testing Requirements OAEs: Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Middle Childhood, Foundations of Reading, subject exam

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Graduate with a Bachelor's Degree

The first step for any students interested in becoming middle school teachers in the state of Ohio is to graduate from an approved, accredited teacher preparation program with a degree in Middle Childhood Education. This degree requires students to pick two areas of concentration and focus on those content areas in addition to courses on educational principles. For instance, a student may choose to major in Middle Childhood Education with a focus in Reading and Science. This program would give students a foundation in all necessary subject areas, but with a focus on reading and science. Every program will be slightly different depending on the school and chosen subject areas, but most will likely include classes like:

  • American Literature
  • Educational Psychology
  • Reading in the Content Area
  • Introduction to Special Education & Diverse Learners

Students will also participate in teaching internships before graduation. These internships will enable students to gain relevant experience in the classroom.

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Step 2: Take All Required Tests

Next, teachers will take all required Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE). The first required test for middle school educators is the Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Middle Childhood (4-9) test, which is 100 multiple-choice questions, 1 case study written assignment, and 1 work product written assignment. Teachers will need to score at least a 220 on this exam over the course of 3 hours. The assessment fee is $105. Next, teachers will take two content exams depending on which area of licensure they plan to apply for. These areas are language arts and reading, mathematics, science, and social studies. Each of these licenses require a different combination of tests. For instance, the Social Studies License requires the Middle Grades Social Studies test and the Foundations of Reading test. Regardless of license, all teachers will have to take the Foundations of Reading exam, which is made up of 100 multiple-choice questions and 2 written responses. The test requires at least a score of 220 over the course of four hours and costs $139. A detailed list of available tests and the breakdown of each license type is available for prospective test-takers on the Ohio Department of Education website.

Step 3: Complete the Certification Application

Finally, students are ready to begin the application process. In Ohio, the application can be completed online through Ohio's Department of Education website. Transcripts and test scores will be required, as will an FBI background check. There is a $20 fee for each endorsement area. After all materials have been submitted, teachers will receive their Resident Educator License, which is valid for 4 years.

Study Resources for Future Ohio Teachers

Start studying for the required OAEs now with the guides below. Try practice problems and read more about the tests to be prepared ahead of time.

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