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Ohio Assessments for Educators: Initial Licensure

The Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE): Initial Licensure program assesses the content-area and professional (pedagogical) knowledge of candidates who are seeking initial Ohio educator licensure or adding a new licensure area. The assessments are aligned with Ohio's Learning Standards. Ohio licensure candidates are required to successfully complete only ONE assessment of professional (pedagogical) knowledge for their first license. The addition of other licensure areas or endorsements will require only successful completion of the associated content-area assessment.

The following table maps each Ohio licensure type to its corresponding assessment in the OAE: Initial Licensure program.

Licensure Area & Grade Level
(Broad Category)
License Type OAE Pedagogy Assessment OAE Content Assessment
Early Childhood (PK–3) Early Childhood (PK–3) 001 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Early Childhood (PK–3)
  • 012 Early Childhood Education
  • 090 Foundations of Reading
Middle Childhood (4–9) Language Arts and Reading (4–9) 002 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Middle Childhood (4–9)
  • 028 Middle Grades English Language Arts
  • 090 Foundations of Reading
Mathematics (4–9) 002 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Middle Childhood (4–9)
  • 030 Middle Grades Mathematics
  • 090 Foundations of Reading
Science (4–9) 002 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Middle Childhood (4–9)
  • 029 Middle Grades Science
  • 090 Foundations of Reading
Social Studies (4–9) 002 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Middle Childhood (4–9)
  • 031 Middle Grades Social Studies
  • 090 Foundations of Reading
Adolescence to Young Adult (7–12)Integrated Language Arts003 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Adolescence to Young Adult (7–12)020 English Language Arts
Integrated Mathematics 003 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Adolescence to Young Adult (7–12) 027 Mathematics
Integrated Science 003 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Adolescence to Young Adult (7–12) 024 Integrated Science
Integrated Social Studies 003 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Adolescence to Young Adult (7–12) 025 Integrated Social Studies
Physical Sciences (Chemistry & Physics) 003 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Adolescence to Young Adult (7–12)
  • 009 Chemistry
  • 035 Physics
Physical Sciences: Chemistry 003 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Adolescence to Young Adult (7–12) 009 Chemistry
Physical Sciences: Physics 003 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Adolescence to Young Adult (7–12) 035 Physics
Life Sciences 003 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Adolescence to Young Adult (7–12) 007 Biology
Life Sciences/Earth Sciences 003 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Adolescence to Young Adult (7–12)
  • 007 Biology
  • 014 Earth and Space Science
Life Sciences/Physics 003 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Adolescence to Young Adult (7–12)
  • 007 Biology
  • 035 Physics
Life Sciences/Chemistry 003 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Adolescence to Young Adult (7–12)
  • 007 Biology
  • 009 Chemistry
Earth Sciences 003 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Adolescence to Young Adult (7–12) 014 Earth and Space Science
Earth Sciences/Physics 003 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Adolescence to Young Adult (7–12)
  • 014 Earth and Space Science
  • 035 Physics
Earth Sciences/Chemistry 003 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Adolescence to Young Adult (7–12)
  • 014 Earth and Space Science
  • 009 Chemistry
Multi-Age (PK–12)Computer Information Science004 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Multi-Age (PK–12)054 Computer Science
Dance 004 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Multi-Age (PK–12) 011 Dance
Drama/Theater 004 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Multi-Age (PK–12) 048 Theater
Foreign/World Languages (except American Sign Language) 004 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Multi-Age (PK–12) ACTFL
Oral Proficiency Interview
and
Writing Proficiency Test
Administered by Language Testing International/ACTFL
American Sign Language 004 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Multi-Age (PK–12) 050/051 American Sign Language (ASL) Assessment for World Language Teachers of ASL (Subtests I & II)
Health 004 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Multi-Age (PK–12) 023 Health
Library/Media 004 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Multi-Age (PK–12) 041 School Library Media Specialist
Music 004 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Multi-Age (PK–12) 032 Music
Physical Education 004 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Multi-Age (PK–12) 034 Physical Education
TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) 004 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Multi-Age (PK–12) 021 English to Speakers of Other Languages
Visual Arts 004 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Multi-Age (PK–12) 006 Art
Intervention Specialist Early Childhood Intervention Specialist (PK–3) 001 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Early Childhood (PK–3)
  • 013 Early Childhood Special Education
  • 090 Foundations of Reading
Hearing Impaired (PK–12) 004 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Multi-Age (PK–12)
  • 044 Special Education Specialist: Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • 090 Foundations of Reading
Mild/Moderate Needs (K–12) 004 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Multi-Age (PK–12)
  • 043 Special Education
  • 090 Foundations of Reading
Moderate/Intensive Needs (K–12) 004 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Multi-Age (PK–12)
  • 043 Special Education
  • 090 Foundations of Reading
Visually Impaired (PK–12) 004 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Multi-Age (PK–12)
  • 045 Special Education Specialist: Visually Impaired
  • 090 Foundations of Reading
Gifted (K–12) 004 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Multi-Age (PK–12)
  • 090 Foundations of Reading
  • 053 Gifted Education
EndorsementComputer TechnologyNot required016/017 Computer/Technology (Subtests I & II)
Computer Science (P–12) Not required 054 Computer Science
Early Childhood Generalist (4–5) Not required 018/019 Elementary Education (Subtests I & II)
Gifted Intervention Specialist (K–12) Not Required 053 Gifted Education
Middle Childhood Generalist: Language Arts and Reading (4–6) Not required 028 Middle Grades English Language Arts
Or
018/019 Elementary Education (Subtests I & II)
Middle Childhood Generalist: Mathematics (4–6) Not required 030 Middle Grades Mathematics
Or
018/019 Elementary Education (Subtests I & II)
Middle Childhood Generalist: Science (4–6) Not required 029 Middle Grades Science
Or
018/019 Elementary Education (Subtests I & II)
Middle Childhood Generalist: Social Studies (4–6) Not required 031 Middle Grades Social Studies
Or
018/019 Elementary Education (Subtests I & II)
Prekindergarten (ages 3–5) Not required 036/037 Prekindergarten (Subtests I & II)
Prekindergarten Special Needs Not required 013 Early Childhood Special Education
Reading (K–12) Not required 038/039 Reading (Subtests I & II)
TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) (PK–12) Not required 021 English to Speakers of Other Languages
Career—Technical Baccalaureate Agriscience 002 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Middle Childhood (4–9)
or
003 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Adolescence to Young Adult (7–12)
005 Agriscience
Family & Consumer Sciences 002 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Middle Childhood (4–9)
or
003 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Adolescence to Young Adult (7–12)
022 Family and Consumer Sciences
Marketing 002 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Middle Childhood (4–9)
or
003 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Adolescence to Young Adult (7–12)
026 Marketing
Integrated Business 002 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Middle Childhood (4–9)
or
003 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Adolescence to Young Adult (7–12)
008 Business Education
Technology Education 002 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Middle Childhood (4–9)
or
003 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Adolescence to Young Adult (7–12)
046/047 Technology Education (Subtests I & II)
AdministratorPrincipal (PK–6)Not required015 Educational Leadership
Principal (4–9) Not required 015 Educational Leadership
Principal (5–12) Not required 015 Educational Leadership
Superintendent Not required 015 Educational Leadership
Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development Not required 015 Educational Leadership
Educational Research Not required 015 Educational Leadership
Educational Staff Personnel Administration Not required 015 Educational Leadership
Pupil Services Administration Not required 015 Educational Leadership
School–Community Relations Not required 015 Educational Leadership
Career Technical (Vocational) Education Administration Not required 015 Educational Leadership
Professional Pupil ServicesSchool CounselorNot required040 School Counselor
School Psychologist Not required 042 School Psychologist
AssociatePrekindergarten Associate (ages 3–5)Not required036/037 Prekindergarten (Subtests I & II)

For more information regarding Ohio licensure requirements, visit the Educator Licenses Link opens in a new window. page on the Ohio Department of Education website.

Foundations of Reading Test for Ohio

In accordance with Ohio's new educator licensure requirements, beginning July 1, 2017, new educator licenses issued in several licensing areas shall require the applicant to attain a passing score on an examination of the principles of scientifically research-based reading instruction that is aligned with the reading competencies adopted by the State Board of Education of Ohio. Educator candidates in Ohio will successfully complete the Foundations of Reading test to satisfy this new requirement.

The State Board of Education of Ohio has approved the Foundations of Reading test as a requirement for the following licensing areas, effective July 1, 2017:

  • Early childhood
  • Middle childhood
  • Gifted
  • Mild/moderate educational needs
  • Moderate/intensive educational needs
  • Visually impaired
  • Hearing impaired
  • Early childhood intervention specialist