How to Become a Music Teacher in Ohio

Find out what it takes to become an endorsed music teacher in the state of Ohio. Discover how to meet educational and testing requirements, and read details about the application process.

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Music teachers in Ohio are licensed to teach preschool through high school, allowing for varied experiences. Any student with an interest in teaching at different grade levels can follow Ohio's guidelines for certification and earn a Resident Educator License.

Ohio Music Teacher Salary Information and Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in Ohio (2017)* $27,720 (Preschool), $56,400 (Kindergarten) $59,950 (Elementary), $59,850 (Middle), $60,810 (Secondary)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Music Education
Testing Requirements OAE Assessment of Professional Knowledge, Music subject exam

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Graduate with a Bachelor's Degree

After students decide to pursue music education, they will need to apply to an approved, accredited teacher preparation program in the state of Ohio. They will then earn a degree in music education and participate in student teaching internships to gain practical experience with different age ranges. Every program will be somewhat different, depending on the requirements at each school, but most will include general education components like mathematics and English in addition to music and education-specific courses. Some programs will emphasize either vocal performance or instrumental performance, so students should be sure to choose a program that best fits their interests. Some of the courses student might take include:

  • Music Theory
  • Aural Training
  • Ethics in Teaching
  • Educational Psychology

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Step 2: Take All Required OAE Tests

After finishing up all required courses at their universities, students will need to sign up to take all applicable Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE). The first required exam is the Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Multi-Age (PK-12) exam. This test is designed to evaluate a teacher's knowledge of the following areas: student development and learning, assessment, instruction, and the learning environment, and the professional environment. Teachers will have to take 100 multiple-choice questions, 1 case study written assignment, and 1 work product written assignment and score at least a 220 on the test. Next, teachers will take the Music exam, which is made up of 150 multiple-choice questions and requires a score of at least 220. Both exams are 3 hours long and cost $105. Teachers can retake any tests they do not pass.

Step 3: Complete a Background Check

Next, applicants will need to have a full FBI background check done in addition to an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) check. They can be submitted any time within a year of submission of the certification application. The BCI is valid indefinitely in Ohio and the FBI check is valid for 5 years. If an applicant moves out of Ohio during those 5 years, though, they will need to submit background checks from both Ohio and the other state they lived in.

Step 4: Turn in the Certification Application

The next step for future music teachers is to fill out the certification application through Ohio's Department of Education website. This application will require transcripts and test scores in addition to a $160 fee. When all required documentation has been provided, teachers will receive their Resident Educator Licenses, which are valid for 4 years in the state of Ohio.

Study Resources for Future Ohio Music Teachers

Check out the resource below for help studying for the OAE exams. Read through practice problems and information specific to the exam you will take.

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