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How to Become a Teacher in Ohio: Teacher Certification

This is a general guide to the steps a person might take to become certified to teach in the state of Ohio. Please check with your state to make sure you have the most up-to-date information about the certification process.

For information on teaching salaries in Ohio and related data, see here.

Traditional Approach Ohio Teaching Certificate

  1. Earn a bachelor's or master's degree.
  2. Acquire time and experience in a classroom (internship & student-teaching).
  3. Complete a background and fingerprint check. Call (614) 466-3593 to request a fingerprint card.
  4. Pass the:
  5. Submit the following:
    • Completed Application
    • $24 check/money order payable to Ohio T.E.C
    • Official transcripts, degrees, and school credits
    • Also, include copies of all test scores
    • Recommendations
    • Mail to:
      Office of Educator Licensure
      25 South Front Street, Mail Stop 105
      Columbus, Ohio 43215-4183
      Call a representative for more information (614) 466-3593
  6. Do you want to renew your Ohio Teacher Certification?

Alternative Ohio Teacher Certifications

This certificate is valid for 2 years and cannot be renewed. Teaching is limited to grades 7-12 and special education K-12.

  1. Earn a bachelor's or master's degree.
  2. Complete a background and fingerprint check. Call (614) 466-3593 to request a fingerprint card.
  3. Submit the following:
    • Completed Application
    • $24 check/money order payable to Ohio T.E.C
    • Official Transcripts of all degrees and credits you have earned
    • Recommendations
    • Proof of work experience (5 years)
    • Mail to:
      Office of Educator Licensure
      25 South Front Street, Mail Stop 105
      Columbus, Ohio 43215-4183
      Call a representative for more information (614) 466-3593

Sources:

  1. Educational Testing Service, https://www.ets.org/
  2. Apply for a New License, Ohio Department of Education, http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Teaching/Licensure/Apply-for-Certificate-License

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