OH Special Education Mild to Moderate Certification and Exam Requirements - Direct Pathway

In Ohio, this program leads to a Resident Educator license in Intervention Specialist Mild/Moderate Needs K-12.


Required Exams:


Content Exam for Special Education:  Praxis 5543, Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications*. Ohio accepts the OAE Special Education (043) exam as a Special Education content exam for licensure in Ohio. However, WGU students must pass the Praxis 5543 exam even if they have already passed the OAE 043 exam, as the Praxis 5543 exam is a WGU program requirement exam. Ohio accepts the Praxis 5543 exam, as it is the exam required for licensure in WGU's home state of Utah. Therefore, WGU students may pass only the Praxis 5543 exam to satisfy both Ohio and Utah licensing requirements for Special Education.


*If passed prior to 9/3/13, Praxis 5354. However, Praxis 5354 does not satisfy the WGU Program Requirement exam.


Pedagogy Exams: 

OAE Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Multi-Age (PK-12) (004) 


OAE Foundations of Reading (090)

You must pass both of these exams to be recommended for licensure.


WGU Program Requirement: Praxis 5543, Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications 

If you matriculated on 9/1/2011 or later, you must pass this exam to graduate from the program and be recommended for certification.  


Visit these links for more important information:
General Information About Licensing in Ohio
Registering for Praxis Exams

Registering for State Required Exams
Submitting Exam Scores to WGU
Applying for your Ohio Teaching License 


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