Becoming a Master Teacher in Ohio
The master teacher designation in Ohio is reserved for instructors who are able to illustrate beyond doubt that they meet specific criteria outlined in the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession. Find out how to become a master teacher!
Master Teacher Overview
Certified teachers in Ohio who exhibit exceptional professionalism and commitment to their careers may apply to become designated as master teachers. Those who earn a designation as master teacher are star examples of the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession. Such values for these standards include respect for student diversity, vast knowledge within specified content areas, and familiarity with multiple instruction and evaluation styles. Teachers interested in becoming master instructors must complete a rigorous application process illustrating their pedagogical expertise and accomplishments to date.
|Education/Experience Required|| Bachelor's degree from regionally accredited college or university |
Completion of teacher preparation program
At least seven years of approved teaching experience
Currently employed as a teacher in an Ohio school district
Currently working at least 120 school days in the academic calendar
|Exams Required|| Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) Content Test |
OAE Professional Test
Praxis II Content Assessments
|License Validity Period||Master teacher status valid for five years|
|Certification Renewal Process||Application with formal committee review|
|CEU Credits Required for Renewal||CEU credits not required; candidates must submit dissertation on professional development along with master teacher renewal application|
|Average Salary for Ohio Teachers (2018)||$62,430 (elementary school); $62,130 (middle school); $61,930 (high school)*|
|Estimated National Job Growth (2018 – 2028)||3% (elementary and middle school); 4% (high school)*|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
All Ohio teachers must earn at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Majors and minors earned should reflect a focus on pedagogy in a specific grade level and subject area. Aspiring teachers must also complete a state-approved teacher preparation program and receive written recommendation from the program director or other approved personnel.
When pursuing teacher certification in Ohio, candidates must complete a series of exams in order to be considered. The following are the exams required for teacher licensure:
- OAE Content Test
- OAE Professional Test
- Praxis II Content Assessments
Educators seeking licensure in either early childhood (PreK – 3), middle childhood (4 – 9), intervention specialization, or early childhood intervention specialization will also be required to pass the Foundations of Reading Exam. Depending on the specific grade level and subject area being taught, acceptable passing scores may vary.
Master teachers must prove additional qualifications in order for their designation applications to be approved. Educators must hold a professional teaching certification and have at least seven years of approved teaching experience. Additionally, teachers must be actively employed with a verifiable contract by an Ohio school district. Finally, instructors must currently work at least 120 days out of the academic calendar.
Educators seeking designation as a master teacher must be able to demonstrate that they meet the appropriate criteria. Applicants must submit no more than four pages reflecting on leadership and professional growth as they relate to the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession. Three pieces of annotated evidence illustrating an instructor's criteria for focused collaboration, focus on students and environment, and focus on content instruction and assessment must also accompany master teacher applications. Each piece of evidence provided may not be older than five years in order to satisfy application requirements. All applications are carefully reviewed by the Master Committee for consideration and processing.
Master teachers may seek renewal to their designation once per year. Each time an applicant submits for the designation, they must again illustrate they meet the criteria by sending a four-page written reflection and three pieces of annotated evidence for consideration. Teachers who are unsuccessful in their renewal process may have the chance to reapply to the committee if their designation hasn't expired.