Becoming a Teacher in Ohio
Ohio requires a bachelor's degree for teacher certification. Credentials must also include acceptable scores on teacher assessment tests that correspond with the area of teaching being certified.
Teacher Certification in Ohio
To teach the diverse educational needs of students in Ohio, the state wants educators to be highly effective teachers and leaders that are properly credentialed. To that end, future teachers must prepare by meeting specific education requirements for certification. Teacher candidates also need to obtain passing scores on educator assessments prior to becoming licensed to teach.
|Education Required||Bachelor's Degree|
|Exam Requirements||Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE), Praxis II subject assessments, ACTFL/LTI World Languages Examination|
|Certification Renewal Period||5 years|
|CEU Credits Required for Renewal||18 units (180 contact hours)|
|Average Annual Salary in Ohio (2018)*|| $62,430 (elementary, except special education)|
$62,130 (middle, except special and career/technical)
$61,930 (secondary, except special and career/technical)
|Estimated Job Growth (2016-2026)*|| 7% (kindergarten and elementary school teachers, nationwide)|
8% (middle school teachers, nationwide)
8% (high school teachers, nationwide)
Source: *US Bureau of Labor Statistics
To work as a teacher in the state of Ohio, candidates will need at least a bachelor's degree. The state offers four education options that would lead to a teaching license. The first option would be to pursue a bachelor's degree program that includes Ohio's licensure requirements. If a student already holds a degree, there is a post-baccalaureate option that provides just the licensure courses needed for certification. The last two options are master's degree with licensure and an Alternative License program. Any education program that offers licensure programs must be authorized by the Ohio Department of Higher Education.
As of July 2019, Ohio requires all classroom teachers to be properly certified or licensed if they provide instruction in core subject areas. Core subjects include English language arts, math, science, social studies, foreign language, and fine arts.
Various educator testing requirements are in place in Ohio to make sure teacher candidates have the minimal knowledge needed for entry into the teaching profession. Depending on the type of licensure program that the student is pursing, the following tests may be required. The Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) includes professional knowledge assessments and content tests. Praxis II subject assessments are needed for initial licensure in school audiology, school speech pathology and school psychology. The ACTFL/LTI World Languages Examination is for candidates who wish to teach world languages.
Salary and Job Outlook
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2018), the average annual salary for all education, training and library occupations in Ohio is $58,130. The average salary specifically for Ohio elementary, middle and high school teachers are all about $62,000 a year. Salaries for teachers in Ohio vary in each school district and with years of experience/level of education obtained. Employees generally participate in the Ohio STRS (state retirement system) and receive other benefits. The estimated job growth for teachers nationally as reported by BLS is 7-8% growth between the years of 2016-2026.
Duties and Skills
Teachers in Ohio must create and implement state standard aligned lesson plans. Teachers frequently assess student work and use data to increase student learning. Teachers also need to have skills in classroom management and be able to communicate effectively with parents/guardians to discuss student progress. Strong written and oral communication skills as well as technology proficiency is needed. The job of a teacher requires organization and a highly developed work ethic.