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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. The program is entirely online, and you can complete it in less than one month. No additional university class time is required and at a total program cost of $950, American Board aims to provide the most affordable and straightforward path to certification. Try our teacher certification program free for seven days and see if you are ready to start earning your Ohio teaching certificate.

The first step to get started is selecting and taking the OAE (Ohio Assessment for Educators) exam for the subject you want to teach.  Your OAE exam should be completed before starting the American Board program. Then, enroll in American Board’s program using the promotional code OHIO950. For details on the simple steps to Ohio certification, see the How To section below.


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Subjects Offered:

You can get certified as an Ohio teacher for high needs subject areas, like the ones listed below. 

  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • Language Arts

  • Math

  • Physics

  • Science

  • Social Studies

Click for a complete list of subject areas offered in the OAE catalog. 

PLEASE NOTE: American Board only certifies Ohio candidates in the areas available for the Alternative Resident Educator License.

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.

Limited Time Offer:

Use Code BuckeyeState200 for $200 off Enrollment*

(*One-Time Payment Only)

How to Become a Teacher in Ohio

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

  1. Request an Alternative Resident Educator Evaluation through the CORE Dashboard. The applicant will complete the Alternative Resident Educator Evaluation Application and submit it to the Ohio Department of Education with payment and required documents. The Ohio Department of Education will issue a confirmation registration letter after ensuring the applicant meets initial eligibility requirements which are:​
    1. An undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher (or a graduate level GPA of 3.0 or higher) from an accredited institution of higher education.
    2. Completing the required licensure exams (OAE subject exam) applicable to the subject area(s) in which you want to teach
  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.