OH Certification Requirements and Available Licenses - Direct Pathway



Early Childhood Education Pk-3

Early Childhood Pk-3 with an Early Childhood Generalist 4-5 Endorsement

Intervention Specialist Mild/Moderate K-12

Middle Childhood Mathematics 4-9

Integrated Social Studies 7-12

Integrated Mathematics 7-12

Earth Sciences, Grades 7-12

Life Sciences, Grades 7-12

Physical Science: Chemistry, Grades 7-12

Physical Science: Physics, Grades 7-12

Integrated Language Arts, Grades 7-12


Principal, Grades Pk-6, 4-9, or 5-12


Ohio has the following general requirements for all applicants for initial teacher certification who have completed an out-of-state teacher preparation program:


1. DEGREE REQUIREMENTS:A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education.


2. PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:Completion of an out-of-state approved teacher education program and either a) an out of state teaching license from the home state of the program or b) a letter of eligibility issued by the approved program verifying the teacher candidate's eligibility for certification in the home state of the program.


3. BACKGROUND CLEARANCE:Background clearance resulting from completion of the required background check


4. EXAMS:Passing scores on the required Ohio Assessments for Educators or Praxis content and pedagogy exams. 


5. TEACHING PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT: Completion of the Ohio Teaching Performance Assessment requirement.


6. READING AND PHONICS (for the license areas of Early Childhood Education or Intervention Specialist): WGU graduates from initial Bachelor of Arts teacher preparation programs are eligible for a Four-Year Resident Educator license. However, in order to advance to the Five-Year Professional license in Ohio, applicants are required to have 9 semester hours in the teaching of reading and 3 semester hours in phonics. The Ohio Department of Education typically determines that WGU graduates from initial Bachelor of Arts teacher preparation programs have earned the equivalent of six semester hours in the teaching of reading, but are required to complete additional semester hours in the teaching of reading prior to advancing their license. WGU graduates who completed a Post-Baccalaureate, Master of Arts in Teaching, or Master of Science in Special Education program may not meet the minimum semester hour requirement in the teaching of reading. For more information on this requirement, please see Ohio Administrative Code 3301-24-05.

For further details on Ohio teacher certification requirements, please see the licensure information for out-of-state applicants on the Ohio Department of Education website.





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