What are the requirements for getting teaching credentials in Ohio?
First and foremost you must have a bachelor's (or higher) degree from an accredited college or university. Search for online bachelor’s programs in:
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Every teacher must have an academic major and must complete teacher training courses. The degree should be a state-approved teaching program issued by a regionally accredited university.
Teachers must also successfully complete the appropriate teacher certification tests (Praxis series assessments) for the subject and grade level they wish to teach, undergo a criminal background check and obtain a fingerprint clearance card to obtain licensure.
If you are unsure of what area you would like to teach, keep in mind that the high-need fields such as Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and Special Education offer you the greatest chance at qualifying for special government financial assistance.
A teacher who holds an appropriate Ohio classroom teaching certificate and a bachelor's degree may also add classroom certification areas (endorsements) by completing the necessary certification examination(s) for the area(s) sought.
If you have a bachelor’s degree in a field besides education, there are alternative teaching preparation programs for Ohio educators, or you can earn a master’s degree (such as the M.A.T. degree) that leads to initial licensure.
Ohio Teaching Licenses
Early Childhood Licensure
To obtain Early Childhood Licensure in Ohio, educators must have a bachelor’s degree (or higher). This license allows you to teach grades Pre-Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Ohio also offers a Pre-kindergarten license (Associate Licensure) at the associate degree level which allows you to teach just Pre-kindergarten.
Middle Childhood LicensureThis license requires a bachelor’s degree (or higher) and allows you to teach grades 4 through 9 in two of the following teaching fields:
- Language Arts and Reading
- Social Studies
Adolescence to Young Adult (AYA) LicensureThis license requires a bachelor’s degree (or higher) and allows you to teach in one specific teaching field in grades 7 through 12. Specific teaching fields include the following:
- Integrated Language Arts
- Integrated Mathematics
- Integrated Social Studies
This license requires a bachelor’s degree (or higher) and allows you to teach a specific elective content area in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade in the following teaching fields:
- American Sign Language
- Computer Information Science
- Physical Education
- TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
- Visual Arts
EndorsementsOhio also allows teachers to add endorsements to their license, which are specific specializations that may be added to a standard teaching license. Endorsements allow you to teach additional grade levels or subjects in Ohio public schools. Current educators can receive endorsements by completing higher education courses and passing the related Praxis Specialty Area Exam. The following are endorsements Ohio offers:
- Adapted Physical Education (limited to Physical Education license)
- Adult Education (full-time adult program)
- Career Based Intervention
- Career-Technical Work-Site Teacher/Coordinator (limited to career-tech license)
- Driver Education (limited to Young Adult or Multi-Age teacher license)
- Early Childhood (grades 4-5) Generalist (limited to an Early Childhood P-3 license) Gifted Intervention Specialist K-12
- Literacy Specialist
- Mathematics Specialist (PK-6)
- Middle Childhood Generalist (grades 4-6)
- Prekindergarten Special Needs
- School Nurse Wellness Coordinator
- Science Specialist (PK-9)
- Teacher Leader (limited to a professional teaching license or permanent teaching certificate)
- TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages)
- Transition to Work (limited to Intervention Specialist license or Career-Tech)
- Urban Principal (may be added to a standard principal license or certificate)
Ohio offers teacher licensure based on reciprocity for teachers who hold a license from another state, or who completed their education in another state. To receive reciprocity, you must submit your application for consideration.