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Ohio Educator Licenses

Below is an entire list of Ohio’s first teaching licenses organized by age ranges.Click on each license type for a brief description including the teaching fields available within each license.

  1. Early Childhood Licensure  
  2. Early Childhood Intervention Specialist Licensure  
  3. Middle Childhood Licensure  
  4. Adolescence to Young Adult (AYA) Licensure  
  5. Intervention Specialist Licensure  
  6. Multi-Age Licensure  
  7. Career Technical Licensure  
  8. Associate Licensure

Have a better idea of what type of teacher you are interested in becoming? Once you know the types of licenses and teaching fields you are interested in, you may use the Educator Licensure Program Finder, which provides a searchable directory of institutions holding Chancellor approval to offer a program that leads to an Ohio license or endorsement.

Interested in switching careers and becoming a teacher? Not certain where to begin? Read more about the options available to you here in Ohio.

Educator licensure programs in Ohio must include all of the components required by Ohio law for the program to be approved by the Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education. To be recommended for the Ohio Resident Educator License, you must complete a Chancellor-approved educator preparation program and pass the requisite Ohio Assessments for Educators required for the teaching license you are pursuing. The Associate License - 5 Year is not included in the Ohio Resident Educator Program.

 

  1. Early Childhood Licensure
    This license requires a baccalaureate degree (or higher) and allows you to teach students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 3rd grade.
    *Ohio also offers a Pre-kindergarten license at the Associate Degree level which allows you to teach just students in Pre-kindergarten (see 8. below).
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  2. Early Childhood Intervention Specialist Licensure
    This license requires a baccalaureate degree (or higher) and allows you to teach students with special needs in grades Pre-Kindergarten to 3rd grade.
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  3. Middle Childhood Licensure
    This license requires a baccalaureate degree (or higher) and allows you to teach students grades 4 through 9 in at least two of the following teaching fields:

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    • Language Arts and Reading
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Social Studies
  4. Adolescence to Young Adult (AYA) Licensure 
    This license requires a baccalaureate degree (or higher) and allows you to teach students in grades 7 through 12 in one specific content area. Specificcontent areas include the following:

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    • Integrated Language Arts
    • Integrated Mathematics
    • Integrated Social Studies

      There are 11 science fields in the AYA license. Some licenses would allow you to teach just one specific area in science, while others would allow you to teach multiple areas of science:

    • Earth Sciences
    • Earth Sciences/Chemistry
    • Earth Sciences/ Physics
    • Integrated Science
    • Life Sciences (aka Biology)
    • Life Sciences/Chemistry
    • Life Sciences/Earth Sciences
    • Life Sciences/Physics
    • Physical Sciences: Chemistry
    • Physical Sciences: Physics
    • Physical Sciences (Chemistry and Physics) 
  5. Intervention Specialist Licensure 
    This license requires a baccalaureate degree (or higher) and allows you to teach students with special needs in the following teaching fields:

    *Ohio also offers an Interpreter for Hearing Impaired license at the Associate Degree level (see 8. below) and an Early Childhood Intervention Specialist license (see 2. above).
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    • Gifted (K-12)
    • Mild/Moderate Educational Needs  (K-12)
    • Moderate/Intensive Educational Needs (K-12)
    • Visually Impaired (PK-12)
    • Hearing Impaired (PK-12)
  6. Multi-Age Licensure 
    This license requires a baccalaureate degree (or higher) and allows you to teach in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade in a specific content area. The content areas include::
    • American Sign Language
    • Computer Information Science
    • Dance
    • Drama/Theater
    • Health
    • Library/Media
    • Music
    • Physical Education
    • TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
    • Visual Arts
    • Foreign Language

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
     
  1. Career Technical Licensure
    This license allows you to teach students  grades 4 through 12 in areas related to agriculture, health careers, business, family and consumer sciences, marketing, and trade and industry. Eligibility for this license is achieved via alternative pathways overseen by the Ohio Department of Education.
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  2. Associate Licensure 
    This license requires an associate degree (or higher) and includes the following fields:

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    • Pre-Kindergarten
    • Educational Paraprofessional
    • Interpreter for Hearing Impaired