The state of Ohio certifies teachers to instruct kindergartners through secondary school-aged students. Teachers can be endorsed in many different subjects, including early education, biology, English language arts, and physical education.
Ohio Teacher Salary Information and Requirements
|Average Salary for Elementary Teachers in Ohio (2016)*||$27,720 (Preschool), $56,400 (Kindergarten) $59,950 (Elementary), $59,850 (Middle) $60,810 (Secondary)|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Testing Requirements||OAE Assessment of Professional Knowledge, subject exam|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step 1: Graduate with a Bachelor's Degree
Getting licensed in the state of Ohio starts with enrolling in an approved, accredited teacher preparation program. Every degree program will be slightly different, but all will require student teaching experience. These programs are designed to provide a strong basis of both the content area and educational principles tailored to each age group. The classes in each program will be different, but all should include education courses like:
- Equity & Diversity in Education
- Teaching Reading Across the Curriculum
- Technology in the Classroom
- Curriculum Development
Step 2: Take All Required Tests
Once students have completed their teacher preparation programs, students will need to take all required Ohio Assessments for Educators. There are many initial Assessments of Professional Knowledge that vary based on the age group a teacher wishes to instruct. For instance, early childhood teachers will take the Early Childhood exam, which is made up of 100 multiple-choice questions, 1 case study written assignment, and 1 work product written assignment. The exam takes 3 hours, requires a score of 220 or higher, and costs $105. There are Assessments of Professional Knowledge for every age group a teacher might want to instruct. After the initial assessment, students will need to take at least one subject exam. There are many options, including biology, dance, health, and physical education. All of these exams vary slightly, but most will follow the same format as the Assessments of Professional Knowledge. For instance the biology exam is 3 hours and consists of 150 multiple-choice questions. Like most other tests, it can be taken throughout the state by appointment. A score of 220 is required and a fee of $150 will need to be paid.
Step 3: Complete the Certification Application
After educational requirements have been met and all OAE testing is over, teachers are ready to begin the application process. The application can be done online through Ohio's Department of Education. All applicants need transcripts and official test scores, and they will have to submit these through the online application. Applicants will need to pay $20 for each subject endorsement, and once all of these steps are complete, they will receive their Resident Educator License. This license is valid in the state of Ohio for 4 years.
Study Resources for Future Ohio Teachers
There's no reason for students to wait to start studying for OAEs. There are plenty of online resources, like the study guides below.