How To Become a Teacher in Ohio


This guide will take you through the steps on how to become a teacher in Ohio, including education requirements, teacher training, assessments, fingerprinting, reciprocity, teacher jobs and teacher salary information.

Ohio Teacher Certification Roadmap

Areas of Teacher Certification

Ohio offers the following teacher certifications:

  • Early Childhood Licensure
  • Early Childhood Intervention Specialist Licensure
  • Middle Childhood Licensure
  • Adolescence to Young Adult (AYA) Licensure
  • Intervention Specialist Licensure
  • Multi-Age Licensure
  • Career Technical Licensure
  • Associate Licensure

Areas of endorsement include:

  • PreKindergarten
  • PreKindergarten Special Needs
  • Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL)
  • Reading (K-12)
  • Health Education: Content Knowledge
  • Library Media Specialist
  • Music: Content Knowledge
  • Physical Education: Content Knowledge
  • English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Art: Content Knowledge
  • Social Studies: Content Knowledge
  • World Languages
  • Biology: Content Knowledge
  • Earth & Space Sciences: Content Knowledge
  • English, Language, Literature & Composition: Content Knowledge
  • Mathematics: Content Knowledge
  • Chemistry: Content Knowledge
  • Physics: Content Knowledge
  • Social Studies: Content Knowledge
  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Career Based Intervention
  • Career-Technical Work-Site Teacher/Coordinator
  • Computer/Technology
  • Driver Education
  • Early Childhood (grades 4-5) Generalist
  • Gifted Intervention Specialist K-12
  • Literacy Specialist
  • Mathematics Specialist (PK-6)
  • Middle Childhood Generalist (grades 4-6)
  • Prekindergarten
  • Prekindergarten Special Needs
  • Reading
  • School Nurse Wellness Coordinator
  • Science Specialist (PK-9)
  • Teacher Leader
  • Transition to Work
  • Urban Principal

Ohio Teaching Certificate Requirements

The requirements for an Ohio professional educator license are:

  • A bachelor's degree
  • Successful completion of an approved teacher preparation program
  • Successful completion of Praxis II, Principles of Learning and Teaching exam
  • Verification of teaching experience
  • Fingerprint clearance and background check
  • Completed application

Education Requirements

In order to become a teacher in Ohio, you must possess a minimum of a bachelor's degree. If you do not meet this requirement, here are some of the top online education degree programs to help you meet the requirements of becoming a teacher.


Ohio requires the candidates for a teaching license take an pass the Praxis series assessments. This includes the Praxis I assessments in Reading, Writing and Mathematics, the Praxis II content area assessments, and the Principles of Learning and Teaching exam.

In addition, the Ohio State Board of Education utilizes the language tests provided by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages/Language Testing International (ACTFL/LTI). A Rating of INTERMEDIATE-HIGH is required on both the OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) and the WPT (Writing Proficiency Test). Information about these tests is available at Language Testing International.

Fingerprinting and Background Check

To become a teacher in Ohio, you must undergo an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and FBI criminal background checks. It is recommended that you contact an Ohio school or school district office near you to get your fingerprints taken. You may also contact your local law enforcement office or check the Ohio Attorney General website. Both background checks are completed electronically through WebCheck.

Certification Reciprocity

Ohio offers teacher licensure based on reciprocity for teachers who hold a license from another state, or who completed their education in another state. Reciprocity is offered on a case-by-case basis, so you must submit your application for consideration.

Ohio Alternative Teacher Certification

Ohio offers the following alternative teacher certification pathways:

In addition to the above programs, the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship serves Ohio in offering an alternative teacher certification program by recruiting qualified professionals and helping them with assistance and training to meet the Ohio requirements for becoming a teacher.

Another great program is the Ohio Troops to Teachers program, which offers assistance to military personnel seeking a second career as a teacher.

Become a Substitute Teacher

If you have a college degree but don't qualify for a teaching certificate, you may consider becoming a substitute teacher in Ohio. You may substitute teach while you attain your teaching credentials through an accredited online program.

Teacher Jobs In Ohio

If you're looking for a job as a teacher in Ohio, there are several good resources. The first is the Greater Cincinnati School Application System that allows you to make your resume available to dozens of school districts in Greater Cincinnati. In addition, Ohio REAP allows you to search for teaching jobs as well as post your resume. Lastly, the Department of Education offers a listing of Educator Jobs in Ohio.

While the resources above are helpful, another great way to find a teacher job in Ohio is to contact the school district directly. This list of Ohio County School Districts will allow you to find schools within each county. Simply contact them in regard to employment to help you find a job as a teacher.

Ohio Teacher Salaries

Ohio teacher salaries will vary by school district, education level and years of teaching. However, you can get an idea of how much money you'll make as a teacher in Ohio with this salary data by school district for the State of Ohio. This data shows teacher salaries in Ohio ranging from $27,244 to $41,748. There is also an established minimum salary schedule for teachers put out by the state of Ohio.

Resources for Teacher Certification in Ohio

Ohio Higher Ed

Ohio Department of Education
Office of Educator Licensure
25 South Front Street, Mail Stop 105
Columbus, Ohio 43215-4183
Phone: (614) 466-3593
Fax: (614) 466-1999

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