Educator License Exams - Initial Licensure

As part of the process of becoming a licensed educator in particular areas in Ohio’s pre-kindergarten through grade 12 system, candidates must pass licensure exams. Depending upon the content area, the tests for initial licensure are the Ohio Assessment for Educators, the ACTFL/LTI examinations for candidates who wish to teach world languages and Praxis assessments in selected areas.

What Tests Do I Need to Take? 

Test Series for Initial Licensure

  • Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) measure professional, pedagogical and subject-specific knowledge and skills. Pearson's Evaluation Systems group provides these tests. 
  • ACTFL/LTI World Languages Examinations provide a system of assessing and ensuring the spoken and written language proficiency of candidates for licensure in these areas.
  • The Praxis SeriesTM is provided by Educational Testing Service and includes Praxis II, which measures professional, pedagogical and subject-specific knowledge and skills. Ohio uses Praxis tests for initial licensure in school audiology, school speech pathology and school psychology. 

Military Fee Waiver 

Learn about seeking reimbursement for Ohio Assessments for Educators here

Foundations of Reading Exam

Educators seeking one of the following teaching licenses with issue dates of July 1, 2017, or later must pass the Foundations of Reading (OAE 090) test

  • Early childhood education (grades PreK-3);
  • Primary education (grades PreK-5);
  • Middle childhood education (grades 4-9);
  • Early childhood (grades PreK-3) intervention specialist;
  • Primary (grades PreK-5) intervention specialist;
  • Intervention specialist: mild/moderate;
  • Intervention specialist: moderate/intensive;
  • Intervention specialist: hearing impaired;
  • Intervention specialist: visually impaired; and
  • Intervention specialist: gifted.
Middle Childhood Licensure

The option for in-state applicants to request single-content area middle childhood licenses will close June 30, 2019. If you are completing an Ohio Department of Higher Education approved middle childhood licensure program, you must meet all requirements (including exams) for two content areas when applying for the Ohio license on or after July 1, 2019. 

Praxis Exams

If you passed Praxis exams for licensure but were never issued the license, you must meet current Ohio licensure exam requirements when applying for the Ohio license on or after
July 1, 2019. Click here for specific licensure exam requirements. Please note that if you are seeking licensure for school audiologist, school psychologist or school speech-language pathologist, you may still use the Praxis exam for licensure.

Last Modified: 6/1/2022 7:16:59 AM