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Learn more about the process for becoming certified to teach in the Ohio region.

Becoming Certified to Teach

Ohio corps members receive either of the following licenses:

  1. Four-year Resident Educator License in Ohio
  2. Three-year provisional license in Kentucky

The license that you receive is dependent on which state you get hired.

Requirements

In order to qualify for the Ohio Resident Educator License, all corps members are required to:

  • Pass the Ohio Assessment for Educators subject area exams that match their subject assignment from TFA prior to their first day of teaching
  • Provide two copies of their degree-conferred transcript from an accredited college or university
  • Pay a $160 fee to the Ohio Department of Education for initial licensure
  • Pass a FBI and BCI background check
  • Complete Teach For America Institute Training

In order to qualify for the Kentucky provisional license, all corps members are required to:

  • Pass the Praxis II subject area exams that match their subject assignment from TFA prior to their first day of teaching
  • Provide two copies of their degree-conferred transcript from an accredited college or university
  • Pass a FBI and state background check
  • Complete Teach For America Institute Training

Is a master’s degree required?

No. Earning a master’s degree is an option available to corps members, but it is not required. 

Master's Degree Option

University of Cincinnati Teacher’s College

Teach For America partners locally with the University of Cincinnati Teacher’s College for an optional master’s degree program in the following disciples:

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Leadership
  • Literacy & Second Language Studies
  • Special Education

Corps members and alumni of Ohio receive approximately a 25 percent tuition discount and can complete the program in two years. Average total cost of tuition is $13,800 with the 25 percent discount. You can apply AmeriCorps education grants to federal loans that you incur during the program.

Johns Hopkins University (Online)

We also partner virtually with Johns Hopkins University to provide corps members and alumni the opportunity to obtain a master’s degree in teaching. Cost is roughly $23,000 total over the course of the two years, and you can apply Americorps education grants to the cost. Learn more about the Johns Hopkins program.

The following programs can be completed in two years:

  • Johns Hopkins Master of Science in Teaching
  • University of Cincinnati programs in Curriculum & Instruction, Special Education, and Literacy & Second Language Studies.

The Educational Leadership track at the University of Cincinnati is two years, but you must be a second year teacher to enroll.

TFA Training

What to Expect

Teach For America hosts training that takes place for five to seven weeks during the summer and includes learning experiences and summer school teaching. 

Estimated Costs

  • Certification Exams $210-315 (depending on subject area)
  • Certification Practice Tests $60
  • Travel to summer training: $200-$600
  • Ohio License Application: $160-$200

Support Team 

All corps members are also constantly supported by the regional staff and team. Each corps member will work with the Teacher Leadership Development team through a combination of one-on-one coaching with their coach, group coaching and development experiences and corps-wide learning grounded in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness and systems thinking. 

Our Teacher Leadership Development team is here to support your contribution to educational equity through accelerating your classroom impact and beyond.