How to Become a Preschool Teacher in Ohio

Read about the process of becoming a preschool teacher in the state of Ohio. Find out what educational and testing requirements are necessary, and read about how to complete the application process.

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The state of Ohio certifies teachers in K-3 education, so future preschool teachers can pursue a degree in early childhood education. Anyone interested in working with young children in Ohio can become endorsed and certified.

Ohio Preschool Teacher Salary Information and Requirements

Average Salary for Preschool Teachers in Ohio (2016)* $27,720 (Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Early Childhood Education
Testing Requirements OAE tests: Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Early Childhood; Early Childhood Education; Foundations of Reading

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Graduate with a Bachelor's Degree

Any students interested in becoming preschool teachers in the state of Ohio need to pursue their degree in early childhood education and graduate from an approved, accredited teacher preparation program. There are several programs that match this description in the state of Ohio, so students should be sure to pick the program that best fits their personal needs. Every program will include general classes in addition to early education-specific classes. While each program will vary, students will likely take classes like:

  • Educational Technology
  • Social Foundations of Education
  • Child Psychology
  • Introduction to Early Childhood Education

Toward the end of the program, students will complete teaching internships to gain experience in the classroom prior to graduation.

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Step 2: Take All Required Tests

The next step is for teachers to take all required Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE). Early education teachers will need to take the Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Early Childhood test, which is 100 multiple-choice questions, 1 case study written assignment, and 1 work product written assignment. A score of at least 220 is required, and the test takes approximately 3 hours. Teachers will have to pay the $105 fee. Next, teachers will take the Foundations of Reading test, which is 100 multiple-choice questions and 2 written assignments. The test is 4 hours long, requires at least a score of 220, and costs $139. Finally students will take the Early Childhood Education test, which is 150 multiple-choice questions, costs $105, and requires a score of at least 220.

Step 3: Complete the Certification Application

When all OAEs are complete, teachers are ready to begin the application process. The application can be completed online through Ohio's Department of Education website. Applicants will need all transcripts and test scores to submit, so be sure to have all materials prior to application. Applicants will also need to be fingerprinted within one year of submitting the application for licensure. Finally, applicants will pay $20 per endorsement area. Once everything has been completed, students will receive their Resident Educator License, which is valid in the state of Ohio for four years.

Study Resources for Future Ohio Teachers

Get ready to take the required OAEs now with the study guides below. Practice problems you might encounter and prepare with the resources.

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