Private School Teaching Requirements in Ohio

Oct 20, 2021

Ohio private school teachers need to meet different requirements depending on the type of school in which they plan on teaching. Below, we'll look at the difference between private schools in Ohio and what you'll need to teach in each of them.

Requirements for Ohio Private School Teachers

Average Salary for Teachers in Ohio (2019)* $30,240 (Preschool)
$58,960 (Kindergarten)
$64,090 (Elementary School
$63,510 (Middle School)
$64,410 (Secondary School)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree or diploma from a bible college
Required Field None
Testing Requirements None

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Private School Types

There are two types of private schools in Ohio: chartered private schools and non-chartered private schools. A chartered private school meets all of the operating requirements set up by the Ohio Department of Education but is able to offer a religious curriculum. All credits and diplomas from these schools must be recognized by all other chartered schools, both public and private.

The non-chartered private schools choose not to be chartered because of religious reasons that do not align with the Ohio Department of Education's guidelines. These schools, however, must register with the DOE every year.

Step 1: Complete Education Requirements

To work in a chartered private school, the minimum educational requirement is a bachelor's degree, unless you want to teach such subjects as music, fine arts, religion or a world language. A bachelor's degree is not required to teach in these areas, but your expertise must be verified by your school superintendent.

If you do enroll in a bachelor's degree program, consider earning your degree in education or the field you'd like to teach. In order to streamline your education, you may want to find out whether your college or university program also includes a teacher preparation program. For instance, many math education programs include the teaching residency and education courses needed to teach in an Ohio public school. While a teacher preparation program is not necessary for non-public certification, it can be very beneficial should you ever choose to seek out traditional teacher certification.

If you'd like to teach in a non-chartered private school, a diploma from a bible college or bible institute will be sufficient.

Step 2: Consider Optional Certification

Traditional teacher certification can be a good choice should you desire to have more opportunities for advancement. To get a public school teaching certificate, you need to complete a bachelor's degree and a teacher preparation program. As mentioned before, these can sometimes be taught together, but if necessary, you can take a teacher prep program as a graduate certificate or master's degree program.

Depending on the grade and subject you'd like to be endorsed in, you'll also need to take one or more exams. These exams are known as the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE). No matter the grade level, you'll need to take the Assessment of Professional Knowledge (APK) exam. There are four of these offered: early childhood (PK-3), middle childhood (4-9), adolescence to young adult (7-12), and multi-age (PK-12). After you've completed the APK exam, you'll need to take an OAE Content Assessment. For younger grades, the content exam must also be taken with the Foundations of Reading exam.

Step 3: Apply for a Teaching Certificate

Regardless of whether you pursue certification to teach at a private or public school, you'll need to apply for a certificate after meeting any education or testing requirements. For a non-public school certificate, you need to submit your transcripts, which show your graduation date and registrar's signature. This is required of both chartered and non-chartered private school teachers. As long as the transcripts are official and uploaded, you can continue to your SAFE account to finish the online application.

Certification Resources for Private School Teachers in Ohio

When preparing for the OAE exams, you'll want to have study resources. The following online courses can help you prepare for the exams if you opt to pursue traditional teacher certification:

  • Prepare for the OAE Exams
  • Ohio Assessments for Educators - Reading (038/039): Practice & Study Guide
  • OAE Elementary Education (Subtest I) (018): Study Guide & Practice
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