The implementation of educator testing in Ohio is in response to standards adopted by the State Board of Education (see Ohio Administrative Code). The State Board of Education has adopted examinations for licensure that are provided by (1) Evaluation Systems group of Pearson (Pearson), (2) Educational Testing Service (ETS) and (3) the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Successful completion of required tests is designed to ensure that candidates for licensure have acquired the minimal knowledge necessary for entry-level positions.
Licensure tests provided by ACTFL/LTI are required of all modern world language candidates. These assessments ensure the spoken and written language proficiency of candidates for licensure to teach modern world languages.
The ODE requires only ONE Pedagogical Knowledge Assessment test be successfully completed in an educator's career. However, new content or licensure areas require additional Pearson, ACTFL or OAE subject tests to establish minimum competency in that subject area. Any applicant interested in specific test requirements of an educator preparation program MUST contact the school, college, or department of education of an approved institution. Any person holding licensure in another state and interested in obtaining Ohio licensure should contact the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), Center for the Teaching Profession, Office of Educator Licensure, 25 S. Front Street, MS 105, Columbus, Ohio 43215-4183, (614) 466-3593 or (Toll free) 877-644-6338.
"Educator Licensure Testing Requirements." Ohio Department of Education.