What Schools Offer Teacher Certification in Ohio?

Find out which Ohio schools offer teacher certification. See requirements and school information, and learn about the job prospects for a teaching career in Ohio. Schools offering Early Childhood Education degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

If you're looking for a school in Ohio where you can prepare for teacher licensure, you can enter a licensure program or a bachelor's or master's degree program at a 4-year, public or private school in the state. Programs typically include field experience opportunities and Praxis II exam requirements. Subject and grade-level specializations vary by school, and they may include early childhood or middle grades education, along with mathematics, language arts and more. You could complete an undergraduate program in 4 years, while master's programs often take 2 years to complete. Continue reading for more information on Ohio schools that can prepare you for teaching licensure.


Undergraduate Teacher Licensure Programs in Ohio

Hiram College

  • Program Name: Early Childhood Licensure
  • Program Length: Four years
  • Admission Requirements: Essay, supplemental form, secondary school report, interview (recommended)
  • Tuition: $29,065 per semester (as of 2012-2013)
  • School Type: 4-year, private not-for-profit; nearly 1,400 students (around 1,300 undergrads)
  • Address: Hinsdale Hall Third Floor, Hiram, OH 44234
  • Phone: (330) 569-3211

Besides early childhood licensing, Hiram College also offers licensing programs in middle childhood and adolescent to young adult. The middle childhood curriculum includes a seminar, phonics, integrated fine arts, Praxis II tests and an early childhood internship. The college also requires that you provide your own notebook computer.

Ohio University - Main Campus

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Education
  • Specializations: Middle childhood: mathematics and social studies, science and social sciences, mathematics and science, language arts and social studies, language arts and science, language arts and mathematics
  • Program Length: Four years
  • Admission Requirements: Counselor information form
  • Tuition: $484 per credit hour for in-state students; $926 per credit hour for out-of-state students (as of 2012-2013)
  • School Type: 4-year, public; roughly 26,200 students (about 21,600 undergrads)
  • Address: Ohio University , The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education, McCracken Hall, Athens, OH 45701
  • Phone: (740) 593-4400

Before you can receive your degree and obtain your license, you must successfully pass Praxis II exams. Program requirements include field experience, technology applications, middle childhood instructional process and a professional internship. Ohio University's program is recognized by the National Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE)

University of Cincinnati - Main Campus

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Program Length: Four years
  • Admission Requirements: Essay, personal statement, list of co-curricular activities
  • Tuition: With fees: $5,392 per term for in-state students; $7,091 per term for out-of-state students (as of 2012-2013)
  • School Type: 4-year, public; around 33,300 students (roughly 22,900 undergrads)
  • Address: College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, University of Cincinnati, PO Box 210002, Teachers/Dyer Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 45221
  • Phone: (888) 325-2669

Once you've passed the Praxis II exams, you'll be allowed to apply for your teacher licensure. For your second year in the program, you must complete a professional cohort. Enrollment in the cohort is limited and your admission isn't guaranteed. During your third and fourth years, you'll study early childhood philosophy and receive classroom experience. The University of Cincinnati has been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Wright State University

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Education
  • Specialization: Early childhood education
  • Program Length: Four years
  • Tuition: $8,354 per year for in-state students; $16,182 per year for out-of-state students (as of Fall 2012)
  • School Type: 4-year, public; around 18,300 (approximately 14,400 undergrads)
  • Address: College of Education and Human Services, 415 Allyn Hall, Wright State University, 3640 Colonel Glenn, Highway Dayton, Ohio 45435
  • Phone: (937) 775-2677

The curriculum at Wright State University includes practicum experiences, an exit seminar, courses on writing, student teaching, geography and education technology. For your freshman and sophomore years, you'll complete general education courses first, and then you will begin the early childhood program during your junior year. Once you're done with the licensure portion of the program and passed Praxis II exams, you may be eligible for a state provisional license.


Graduate Teacher Licensure Program in Ohio

Ohio University - Main Campus

  • Program Name: Master of Education - Middle Childhood Licensure
  • Specializations: Language arts, mathematics, science and social studies
  • Program Length: 87-96 hours
  • Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree
  • Admission Requirements: Letters of recommendation, personal statement, students can also submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores if they've taken it, applicants who haven't taken the GRE may qualify for admission if they have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.50
  • Tuition: $583 per credit hour for in-state students; $1,079 per credit hour for out-of-state students (as of 2012-2013)
  • School Type: 4-year, public; around 26,200 students (roughly 4,600 grads)
  • Address: Ohio University , The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education, McCracken Hall, Athens, OH 45701
  • Phone: (740) 593-4400

You must choose two of the specializations mentioned in the list above as you learn about social structure, principles of curriculum, secondary reading instruction and principles of teaching. There's also an internship and an internship seminar.


Education and Licensure Info for Teachers in Ohio

You must have at least a bachelor's degree to qualify for positions as a kindergarten, elementary or middle school teacher. Ohio also requires that future teachers major in certain content areas, such as reading, mathematics, science and social studies. You must also obtain a teacher's license in Ohio. In order to qualify, you must have a bachelor's degree, complete an approved program, submit a fingerprint card, be of good character, be recommended by a dean or a head of teacher evaluation, have adequate teaching experience, complete an exam and show skill in integrating educational technology in the teaching of children. You'll need a bachelor's degree to teach in a private institution, but not a teacher's license.

Job Outlook and Salary Info for Teachers

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), between 2010 and 2020 kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers can expect a 17% nationwide employment increase, which is about as fast as the average for all occupations. In May of 2011, the BLS reported that the 45,000 elementary teachers and the 23,820 middle school teachers employed in Ohio earned an average salary of approximately $56,000 a year.

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