Teacher Assistant Requirements in Ohio


The Ohio Department of Education currently issues out an educational aide permit, that will allow candidates to work under the supervision of a fully licensed teacher. An educational aide permit is issued to an individual deemed to be of good moral character, who has a high school diploma or the equivalent, and who has been recommended by the employing school district, in accordance with the Ohio Administrative Code. Additionally, all educational aides who have instructional duties in Title I schools must meet the additional requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

Requirements to work in Title I School
NCLB’s Highly Qualified Standard applies as a requirement for all teacher assistants seeking employment in a Title I school, schoolwide program or targeted assistance program who is paid with Title I funds. It is important to note that in addition to having a high school diploma or GED equivalent, at least ONE of the following requirements are needed to qualify:

  • Successfully complete at least two years (48 semester hours) of study at an institution of higher education
  • An associates degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  • Passing with a minimum score of 456 on the ParaPro Assessment provided by the Educational Testing Service. For more information regarding the exam please see the ParaPro website or you may call ETS to request a registration bulletin at 1-800-772-9476.

Requirements and Preparation
CPR/First Aid certified
Pass state and federal background checks