The Ohio Teaching and Certification Resource
How to Become a Teacher in Ohio
To enter a classroom in the state of Ohio as a teacher, a prospective teacher must obtain a Ohio teacher certification. The state of Ohio utilizes a four-tier teacher licensure structure, from an initial license to advanced licenses.
- I want to be a teacher in Ohio, but don’t have a degree: Earn an Education Degree
- I want to be a teacher and have a degree, but not in education: Learn about Ohio’s Alternative Certification Process and Programs
- I have a teaching degree and am interested in more education: Learn about Master’s Degree Education Programs or Doctorate Education Programs and Information.
- Global Training and Development - EdS
- E-Learning - EdS
- General Education - Doctor of Education
- Curriculum and Teaching - EdS
- And more...
Ohio Teacher Education Requirements
The initial license is called a resident educator license. For that license, a candidate must complete a bachelor’s degree that includes the completion of an approved teacher education program. For early childhood, middle childhood, and intervention specialist certification, applicants need 12 semester hours of coursework on teaching reading. After four years with a resident educator license, a teacher may apply for a professional educator license (the second tier). The third tier (Senior Professional Educator License) and fourth tier (Lead Professional Educator License) require a master’s degree or higher, and at least nine years of teaching experience, in addition to other requirements.
The Occupational Supply & Demand System projects 7,430 annual job openings in education and library related fields through 2018. In fall 2008 and 2007, the National Center of Education Statistics reported 112,845 public school and 16,370 private school teachers employed in Ohio. The average beginning teaching salary in Ohio is $31,976 and the average overall teaching salary is $56,715, the 14th highest average among US states according to the National Education Association. The NEA also notes slight teacher shortages in math, science, foreign language and special education. With an expanding school system, new teaching, librarian and counseling positions are expected to open in the next several years. For information on state budget allocation and Ohio education policy, please visit the Ohio Education Association, the largest active teachers union in Ohio.
Ohio Teacher Testing Requirements
To become a teacher in Ohio, prospective teachers must obtain a passing score on the Praxis series of tests. Praxis I is a general knowledge test, and is used by most Ohio colleges and universities as a requirement for entry into teacher education. In those cases, each university sets its own qualifying scores for the Praxis I. Praxis II is made up of a Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) assessment, which assesses a candidate’s professional and pedagogical knowledge. The Praxis II Subject Assessment tests are related specifically to the content area in which certification is sought.
Candidates wishing to teach a foreign language must pass the Tests in World Languages provided by ACTFL, including the Oral Proficiency Interview and the Written Proficiency Test.
Ohio Teacher Salary and Jobs
|Type||Number Employed||Average Annual Salary|
|Elementary School Teachers||49,760||$58,470|
|Middle School Teachers||27,330||$59,570|
|Secondary School Teachers||41,250||$58,590|
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2012.
Ohio Teacher Interview
Interview with Megan Wheeler, Ohio First Grade Teacher
Frequently Asked Questions About Becoming a Teacher in Ohio
Question: How do I become a substitute teacher in Ohio?
Answer: To be a substitute teacher in Ohio, you must have a college degree and pass a criminal background check. Individual school districts may have other requirements. To find a position, you must apply directly to the school districts in which you hope to work.
Question: What are the requirements to become a high school teacher in Ohio?
Answer: To be a high school teacher in Ohio, you must have the state’s adolescence to young adult license. You must have a bachelor’s degree with a major in a teachable subject, take the required education courses, and participate in student teaching. You must also pass the state tests for licensing.
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