How to Become a Teacher in Ohio

The Ohio public school system employs more than 110,000 full-time teachers that serve nearly 2 million students across the state. While a high percentage of Ohio educators have earned master’s degrees due to previous state requirements for licensure renewal, current policy in the state’s 613 school districts requires only a bachelor’s degree in combination with state teacher certification. Additional information on becoming a teacher in Ohio can be found below.

Education Requirements

Becoming a teacher in Ohio starts with the Ohio Department of Education’s website, as it is the licensing organization for teachers in the state. Ohio requires all of its teachers to hold a bachelor’s degree, complete an approved teacher preparation program, pass state licensure examinations, and have completed 12 semester hours of reading (for certain licenses). Those teaching only pre-kindergarten may apply for a specialized teacher licensure after completing an associate’s degree. Ohio’s license structure can be viewed by clicking here.

Ohio Teaching Certification

To become a teacher in Ohio, you must hold a bachelor’s degree, have completed a state approved teacher education program, and pass all necessary skills and subject areas tests (such as the Praxis II). To apply for licensure, click here. All prospective teachers in Ohio must also pass a background check and obtain fingerprint clearance.

Required Tests

Ohio requires Praxis II subject area exams for endorsements. Additionally, basic skills tests may be necessary for some licensure applicants, such as those applying for reciprocity.

State Certification Reciprocity

For those who want to be a teacher in Ohio, but didn’t complete a state approved teacher education course, start by clicking here. Ohio’s Department of Education does grant reciprocity to educators on a case-by-case basis, though some restrictions do apply. The Office of Educator Licensure within the Department of Education offers more information about reciprocity.

Helpful Resources

Antioch University-Midwest

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900 Dayton St
Yellow Springs, OH 45387
(937) 769-1800

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Art Academy of Cincinnati

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1212 Jackson Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202-1706
(513) 562-6262

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Ashland University

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401 College Ave
Ashland, OH 44805
(419) 289-4142

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Baldwin Wallace University

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275 Eastland Rd
Berea, OH 44017-2088
(440) 826-2900

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters

Bluffton University

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1 University Drive
Bluffton, OH 45817-2104
(419) 358-3000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Bowling Green State University-Main Campus

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220 McFall Ctr
Bowling Green, OH 43403
(419) 372-2531

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Capital University

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1 College and Main
Columbus, OH 43209-2394
(614) 236-6101

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Case Western Reserve University

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10900 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 368-2000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Cedarville University

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251 N. Main Street
Cedarville, OH 45314-0601
(937) 766-2211

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Central State University

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1400 Brush Row Rd
Wilberforce, OH 45384-1004
(937) 376-6011

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Cincinnati Christian University

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2700 Glenway Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45204-3200
(513) 244-8100

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation

Cleveland State University

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2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
(216) 687-2000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

College of Mount St. Joseph

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5701 Delhi Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45233-1670
(513) 244-4200

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Defiance College

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701 N Clinton
Defiance, OH 43512
(419) 784-4010

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters

Denison University

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100 West College Rd
Granville, OH 43023-0713
(740) 587-0810

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Gods Bible School and College

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1810 Young Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202-6838
(513) 721-7944

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation

Heidelberg University

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310 E Market St
Tiffin, OH 44883-2462
(419) 448-2000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Hiram College

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Hinsdale Hall Third Floor
Hiram, OH 44234-0067
(330) 569-3211

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

John Carroll University

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1 John Carroll Boulevard
University Heights, OH 44118-4581
(216) 397-1886

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Kent State University at Kent

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Executive Office, 2nd Floor Library
Kent, OH 44242-0001
(330) 672-3000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters
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