Assessments Required for Licensure
ACTFL (American Council on The Teaching of Foreign Languages)
Are you completing a licensure program for a Foreign Language (ie: Spanish, French, etc)? You are required to take a content knowledge test and a test on your education knowledge. Your content test will be taken through ACTFL - a system of assessing and ensuring the spoken and written language proficiency of candidates for licensure to teach world languages. Click here to access the ACTFL/LTI Web site for more information about world language tests. See below for information about the test for education knowledge (Praxis II and OAE).
Praxis II and OAE (Ohio Assessments for Educators)
Licensure Requirement (not required for graduation): Candidates seeking Ohio licensure are required to pass specific assessments in order to apply for licensure. See Ohio Department of Education-Educator Preparation website for more information on assessments specific to licensure type. Please pay close attention to the chart on the website - some licensure areas require Praxis II and/or OAE, or other test(s). Taking and passing the licensure tests prior to graduation is strongly encouraged (but not required).
TPA (Ohio Teacher Performance Assessment)
edTPA is an assessment process designed by educators to answer the essential question: "Is a new teacher ready for the job?" Ohio is one of twenty states participating in a consortium to develop a National Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) for preservice teachers. This assessment of student teaching performance is designed to measure the candidate's knowledge, skills and ability, including demonstrating his/her ability to appropriately instruct students. Candidate performances are scored by trained assessors against one or more rubrics that describe levels of performance relative to each task/activity. For more information, visit the Ohio TPA website.