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Ohio Teacher Certification

You can become a teacher in Ohio on your own schedule, without quitting your current job or going into debt. Try our teacher certification program free for seven days and see if you are ready to start earning your Ohio teaching certificate. Enroll anytime and get started to become an Ohio teacher with the nonprofit American Board program.


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Limited Time Offer:

Use Code BuckeyeState200 for $200 off Enrollment*

(*One-Time Payment Only)

Subjects Offered:

Candidates of our program take the OAE (Ohio Assessment for Educators) exam for the subject area they want to teach, instead of the American Board subject area exam.  For a list of available subject areas offered in the OAE catalog, click the button below.




Language Certifications Offered: 

Candidates of our program may take the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) for world language licensure areas. See the Language Testing International (LTI) website for exam information and registration.

PLEASE NOTE: American Board does not certify Ohio candidates in Early Childhood Education, Special Education or any non-teaching subject.

How to Become a Teacher in Ohio

To become a teacher in Ohio with American Board’s teacher certification program, candidates will need to complete the following steps:

  1. Applicant must request an Alternative Evaluation through the Ohio Department of Education. The applicant must fill out this form and mail it to the Ohio Department of Education offices with payment and required documents. The offices will review the application to be sure that applicant meets initial eligibility requirements which are:
    1. Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher from an accredited institution of higher education.
    2. Candidates must complete the required licensure exams applicable to the area(s) in which they are seeking.
    3. Both a BCI and FBI background checks less than 365 days old must be on file at the Ohio Department of Education prior to registering for an approved Alternative Resident Educator Institute.
  2. Enroll in American Board’s teacher certification program (an Ohio Higher Ed approved Alternative Resident Educator Institute) with your valid Confirmation Registration Letter. This can be done by clicking here or with an Enrollment Specialist over the phone at 877-669-2228.
  3. Pass American Board’s Professional Teaching Knowledge (PTK) exam. Upon passing the exam, you will receive the Certificate of Completion which you will then submit to the Ohio Department of Education. Once the Certificate of Completion is issued, email it to so that the Ohio Department of Education office can issue a Statement of Eligibility.
  4. Use your Statement of Eligibility to begin teaching in an Ohio school.

For Details About Requirements

Contact the ODHE certification department at (877) 644-6338 or for more information on these requirements. You may also visit the Ohio Higher Ed website to learn more.


We are available to answer your questions via email, chat, or phone. Reach out to us with questions and we’ll be happy to help you figure out if our program is the right fit for your needs.

Call 1-877-669-2228 to speak with our Enrollment Team or click the button below to email us.