Ohio – State Information

MEA President: Ann Usher
Advocacy Leadership Force member: James Dowdy
ALF Member Email: jimuzik@aol.com

2021 Legislative Session Info- Legislature Website

Legislative Calendar

Convenes: 1/4/2021
Adjourns: 12/31/2022

Meeting in person in 2021

Cross-Over Deadline None
Budget Deadline None
Introduction Deadlines None
Governor Mike DeWine (R)
Education Committee Chairs

House: CHAIR: Rep. Donald Jones (R)
VICE CHAIR: Rep. Susan Manchester (R)

Senate: CHAIR: Sen. Peggy B. Lehner (R)
Vice Chair: Andrew O Brenner (R)

Partisan Split House: R      Senate: R
House Clerk Contact 614-466-3357
Senate Secretary Contact 614-466-4900
Carryover to 2022 Yes

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Website  
State Board of Education Meeting Schedule  
Education Commissioner Paolo DeMaria

ESSA Implementation Information

ESSA State Plan 

Title I Director Jermey S. Marks, Director, ODE 614-466-8693
Title IV Director Main Line: 614-466-4161
Title IV Website Not found
Title IV Allocations Not found
Application Timeline for Federal Funds None listed. Appears to be school year based, so likely due in


State Certification Information


Certificate Age Levels and Subject Areas

Levels and Length of Certification

Testing Requirements

Teacher Performance Assessment




*Does not account for assessment fee (e.g., Praxis, edTPA, etc.)s

Alternate Path to Licensure

State Certification Website:


General Skills Test

Content/Subject Specific Test

Pedagogical Knowledge


Additional Coursework


More information can be found at:

OH Music PK-12 Resident Educator License (4-year)
Professional (5-year)
OAE 004 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Multi-Age (P-12) Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) Content Knowledge Assessment: Music Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE): Assessment of Professional Knowledge Multi-Age (PK-12) Successful completion of a National Teacher Performance Based Assessment approved by ODHE will be accepted as an alternative to the written Assessment of Professional Knowledge Exam beginning July 1, 2020 Yes Possible additional testing and/or coursework; 12 semester hours of coursework in the teaching of reading with on course in phonics. $160 application (4-year resident educator license)
$200 application (5-year professional license)
Fingerprinting varies
Yes http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Teaching/Licensure/Resident-License-Options https://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Teaching June 2020

COVID-19 Information

Health & Safety Guidance for Ohio K-12 Schools

Responsible Restart Ohio: K-12 School and Collegiate Band, Choir, Dance Teams and Other Similar Performance Activities

Districts will decide whether to open school buildings, but the state department of education has said that they should only do so if they can follow the state’s health and safety guidance. All students attending school in person will be required to wear masks, with some medical exemptions.

Title IV Success Stories

The funds below were allocated during the 2017-2018 school year.

Title IV-A funds were utilized in Dayton Public Schools for purchases of new instruments, instructional materials such as textbooks and digital resources, and professional learning. This funding provided equity in instruction in the arts and allowed the district to improve instruction and increase access to fine and performing arts programs.

$250,000 in Title IV-A funds were utilized in Dayton City Schools to purchase band and Orff instruments, as well as hire a music supervisor for K-6.