Testing Requirements


Testing Requirements for Teaching Candidates

As part of becoming a teacher in Ohio, you must demonstrate competencies and abilities in basic academic skills (reading, writing, and mathematics), program content, and teaching strategies in a specified grade band. In some programs, you must also demonstrate the ability to teach foundational reading skills.


Summary of steps to becoming a teacher:

  • Enrollment in an approved 4-year university
  • Admission to program/major (See full admission checklist for your year of enrollment)
  • Obtaining and keeping current BCII/FBI background checks
  • Completion of required course and field work
  • Passing licensure examinations required for your program
  • Passing student teaching
  • Earning a bachelor’s degree
  • Appling for and receiving initial teaching license


Ohio’s Department of Education may grant reciprocity from other states, on a case-by-case basis. Check the Department’s website for more information about reciprocity agreements with other states.


Admission to Program – Test requirements


Central State University’s Educator Preparation Provider (CSUEPP). i.e. College of Education, requires candidates to pass or be exempt from the following basic academic skills assessments:

CSUEPP Admission Criteria Table of GPA and Basic Academic Skills Score Requirements

Academic Year GPA ACT or Praxis Core or SAT or

2016 –2017

2.75

Math/Reading average of 16+

Reading > 156
Math >150
Writing > 162

Average > 860

2017-2018

2.75

Reading >20
Math> 21 OR
average of 20

Reading > 156
Math >150
Writing > 162

Average > 860

2018-2019

2.80

Reading >21
Writing > 6.60
Math > 21

Reading > 168.06
Math >162.14
Writing > 165

Average > 860

* To meet the testing requirements for EPP admission, it is recommended that candidates prepare for and pass the ACT assessment during high school or within the first three semesters at CSU. In addition to GPA and academic skills, there are additional admission criteria. To see all admission requirements click admission checklist.)


Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE): Licensure Test Requirements

To teach in Ohio, you must earn a bachelor’s degree and pass necessary pedagogical and content tests (To learn about tests you need, find your program in chart below then visit https://www.oh.nesinc.com/).

Program Pedagogical Knowledge Content Knowledge

Agriscience

003

005

Foundations of Reading (ECE/Middle Childhood/ INS)

001 or 002 or 004

090

Early Childhood Education, Grades Pre K-3

001

012

Language Arts, Middle Childhood: Grades 4-9

002

028

Social Studies, Middle Childhood: Grades 4-9

002

031

Mathematics, Middle Childhood: Grades 4-9

002

030

Science, Middle Childhood: Grades 4-9

002

029

Language Arts, AYA: Grades 7-12

003

020

Mathematics, AYA: Grades 7-12

003

027

Social Studies, AYA: Grades 7-12

003

025

Life Science, AYA: Grades 7-12

003

007

Physical Science, AYA: Grades 7-12

003

035 or 009

Intervention Specialist Mild/Moderate, Grades Pre K-12

004

043

Music Education, Multi-Age: Grades K-12

004

032

Physical Education, Multi-Age: Grades K-12

004

034

Visual Arts Grades, Multi-Age: Grades K-12

004

006


Teaching candidates must also pass a background check.

Building Test-Taking Skills and Confidence

“Get a plan and work your plan.” Don’t try to cram for your tests at the last minute. Almost all of the knowledge needed for academic skills and licensure tests is provided in high school (basic academic skills) and professional education courses in college. “In class, on time, every day” should be your motto.


Other pointers that will help you become successful on required tests:

  • Pay attention and focus on work in class
  • Develop a time management plan and stick to it
  • Complete and turn in your course assignments on time
  • Ask questions when you don’t understand; make an appointment with instructor when indicated
  • Form and work in study groups


The Teacher Education Advisement and Partnership Center (TEAP-C) provides an assortment of supplementary instruction, activities, and materials to help with study skills, time management as well as both basic academic skills (ACT) and professional skills tests (OAE). For more information on advising and workshop schedules click on [link to TEAP-C Calendar of Activities] or contact:


Ms. Renita Tolbert
Program Manager
TEAP-C
Joshua I. Smith Center for Education and Natural Sciences
Office 220 F
rtolbert@centralstate.edu


For assistance with applying for teaching license, you may contact:


Ms. Sheryl Evans
Assessment Data Coordinator
Joshua I. Smith Center for Education and Natural Sciences
Office 213 F
sevans@centralstate.edu