How to Become a Teacher In Ohio

When searching for information on how to become a teacher in Ohio, there are a few important points to bear in mind.

First of all, the college you choose must have a teacher-preparation program approved by the chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents. The program must also be approved to offer student teaching and other field/clinical work. To become licensed to teach in Ohio, you’ll also have to perform 12 weeks of supervised student teaching successfully.

Before selecting a teacher-preparation program, it is a good idea to decide what type of licensure is best suited to your interests and experience. Ohio divides its licensure programs for educators into eight categories. Seven require a bachelor degree or higher. An associate licensure, which requires an associate degree, qualifies job candidates for work as a pre-kindergarten teacher, educator paraprofessional or an interpreter for the hearing-impaired.

If you want to teach students above third grade, you will need to explore the fields that the license will endorse you for.

Ohio Teacher Licensure Categories

  1. Adolescents to young adults
  2. Associates
  3. Career technical
  4. Early childhood
  5. Early childhood intervention specialist
  6. Intervention specialist
  7. Middle childhood
  8. Multi-age

For those who have decided on the type of licensure they want to qualify for, the Ohio Department of Education maintains a database that lists names of colleges and universities with approved programs. There are about 1,970 approved programs, which include a growing roster of online degree programs. The database lists the names of institutions according to license type and teaching fields. You can check an option for online degree programs. It will also list the minimum degree needed.

Once you have satisfactorily completed the courses and the field work, you will need to pass the required state tests. Beginning in September 2013, the Ohio Assessment for Educators is replacing the Praxis series. Candidates will take the Professional Knowledge area of the assessment only once for an initial four-year resident educator license. Additionally, you must pass the content area test for the licensure you are pursuing. This does not include the five-year associate licensure.

Looking to the future, suppose you decide another licensure area would be a better choice for you. No worry, Ohio allows teachers to add endorsements to their initial certification for many fields such as career technical worksite coordinator, gifted intervention specialist and more. The credit work for these endorsements can be from out-of-state if the programs and online degree programs are approved by a regional accreditor.

Alternative Routes to Becoming a Teacher in Ohio

Ohio has adopted other methods that can lead to qualifying for a resident educator license. You must have a minimum of a bachelor degree in another field to qualify for one of the state’s post-baccalaureate licensure programs. These programs will not enable you to pursue a master degree in education.

Some of these programs are geared toward individuals with careers or higher education in critical needs areas. These are areas that have a demand for teachers that is hard to meet with the supply of qualified teachers available. The Woodrow Wilson Fellowship looks for individuals with majors or strong backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and math. Accepted applicants are paid a stipend to complete a program for teacher licensure.

For those who would like a career in the education field but have no degree, the career technical workforce development license is available. If you have five or more years of experience in a career related to health, agriculture or family and consumer science, you can take course work to become a career-technical workforce development teacher. This was formerly called the career technical route B.