Successful businesses are crucial in creating wealth, jobs and prosperity. Given this, the role of business educators is vitally important in teaching young people about the fundamentals, theories, and processes of business. In order to become a business education teacher in Ohio, candidates must fulfill the qualifying criteria for an initial teacher license and an integrated business endorsement.
Business Education Teacher Licensure Requirements in Ohio
|Average Salary for Teachers in Ohio (2017)*||$59,850 (Middle), $60,810 (Secondary)|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's Degree|
|Degree Field||Integrated Business Education|
|Testing Requirements||Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Middle Childhood (4-9) (002) or Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Adolescence to Young Adult (7-12) (003) and Content Assessment: Business Education (008)|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Business education teacher hopefuls in Ohio must first get a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university or college. In addition, candidates will need to complete an approved integrated business education educator preparation program. This preparation program will usually be incorporated into an appropriate bachelor's degree program.
During the educator preparation program, candidates must adhere to the following initial teacher license qualification requirements:
- The completion of 100 hours of supervised field experience (must be finished prior to the student teaching internship)
- Completion of a 12-week student teaching internship
- Completion of a 3-semester-hour reading requirement
With an integrated business education educator preparation program, candidates are typically asked to complete courses on the foundations of accounting, finance and marketing as well as management strategies and business law. In addition, candidates take general education courses so that they are prepared with the necessary strategies to pass on their knowledge in a classroom environment.
Once aspiring business educators have finished, or are near to finishing, the initial licensure education requirements, they must take and pass the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) exams.
The required pedagogy assessment a business education teacher candidate should take will depend on the grade level(s) they wish to teach. The options are as follows:
- OAE Professional Knowledge Assessment (002): Middle Childhood (4-9)
- OAE Professional Knowledge Assessment (003): Adolescence to Young Adult (7-12) test
The fee for either test is $105 and the passing score is 220. Both tests have the same format:
- 100 multiple-choice questions
- One case study assignment
- One work product assignment
Once candidates have passed the relevant pedagogy test they will then need to pass the OAE Content Assessment: Business Education (008) test. This test consists of 150 multiple-choice questions and the fee is $105. The passing score is 220.
The OAE tests are administered by Pearson Vue and candidates should register for tests online using its website.
When candidates have completed all of the required education and testing steps they are ready to apply for an initial Ohio teacher license (Resident Educator License). This initial license is issued for four years and is non-renewable.
Applications must be submitted through the Ohio Department of Education's Security Application For Enterprise (SAFE) online portal. There is a $160 fee to apply for the Resident Educator License.
Once candidates have their applications accepted, and they are awarded the Resident Educator License, they will need to complete the four-year Resident Educator Program, which provides mentoring and development opportunities for new teachers. At the end of this program, teachers can then apply for a Professional Educator License, which is awarded for five years and is renewable.
Ohio Business Education Teacher Certification Resources
Aspiring business education teachers in Ohio can click on the following links to access resources designed to help them study for their licensure exams: