Ohio’s new Teacher Apprenticeship Program is being implemented to help Ohio address the educator shortage while providing an additional career pathway for those wanting to become teachers. The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE), Ohio Department of Education (ODE), and Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) partnered to develop the program standards and add the occupation of K-12 teacher to the registered apprenticeships in Ohio.
“This is an innovative way to help those already working in schools, such as teachers’ aids, library specialists or bus drivers obtain their teaching license,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “School districts are able to identify potential future teachers who are already a part of their communities and provide them the support and guidance they need to succeed.”
Ohio’s Teacher Apprenticeship model is designed to strengthen partnerships between K-12 schools, their communities, and the educator preparation programs in Ohio’s institutions of higher education by incorporating leading practices in educator preparation with the rigors of a registered apprenticeship program.
For more information on the Teacher Apprenticeship Program, visit https://highered.ohio.gov/educator-apprenticeship.