The Ohio Department of Education provides two separate permits that allow individuals to assist in a school setting. The two permits, known as the Educational Aide Permits, are for one-year and four-year terms. With a permit, an individual can act as an educational assistant in a school setting. This includes assisting in instructional tasks, as well as supervising students.
Ohio Teacher Assistants Certification Requirements
|Average Salary for Teacher Assistants in Ohio||$28,040 (2019)*|
|Required Degree||High School Diploma, GED|
|Testing Requirements||Not Applicable|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Ohio Educational Aide Permits
As previously mentioned, there are two permits available for individuals who wish to be an educational aide in the state of Ohio.
One-Year Educational Aide Permit
This permit is issued to an individual when it is requested by the school or district looking to employ said individual. This individual must, at minimum, hold a high school diploma. The permit can be renewed multiple times, again at the request of the employing school or district.
Four-Year Educational Aide Permit
In order for an individual to qualify for a Four-Year Educational Aide Permit, he or she must not only have a high school diploma, but also must have successfully completed at least two years as an educational aide. These two years must be completed under one-year permits.
ESEA Qualified Designation
Holders of Educational Aide Permits have the option of adding a federal designation to their permits as well. This is called the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Qualified designation, or it is also known as No Child Left Behind. To receive this designation, the educational aide must complete an examination for paraprofessionals that is provided by the Ohio State Board of Education. He or she may also have the option of completing at least an associate's degree or higher or completing two years of study (48 semester or 72 quarter hours) at an accredited university. Educational aides in a Title I school can apply for this same designation after meeting other specific criteria.
The state of Ohio requires that all applicants for licenses or permits go through a Federal Bureau of Investigations background check and also the Baseline Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) check. These background checks cannot be older than one year at the time used for the original permit. It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure he or she goes through the background checks and keeps them updated.
Applying for a Permit
The Ohio Department of Education requests that individuals interested in obtaining the Educational Aide Permit complete the employment process at the school or district in which he or she is interested. Once this is complete, the individual should access the Ohio online portal, Security Application For Enterprise (SAFE), and create/access his or her account.
This will take the applicant to the Connected Ohio Records for Educators (CORE) homepage. To begin his or her application, the applicant must select the link 'Apply for NEW Credential', in the 'My Credential' section of the CORE portal. From here, he or she should select 'I want to become an Ohio…', and choose the appropriate permit option. The applicant should then follow all instructions on the application and submit the application.
From here, the applicant will have to select the district or school that he or she is seeking employment at to sign off on the application. The applicant should notify the school before doing this, so that the application does not get declined.
Before the application can be fully submitted, the educator must pay the fee required by the Ohio Department of Education. The One-Year Educational Aide Permit costs $25, while the Four-Year Educational Aide Permit costs $100. This can be paid via e-check, debit, or credit card, on the CORE portal.
Below is a potential resource that can be used by individuals in Ohio interested in pursuing the ESEA Qualified designation to their permit: