According to the ODE, ALL teachers of one or more of the CORE
academic subjects as identified in ORC must meet the HQT definition.
will use the HQT form(s) to verify and report a teacher’s Highly Qualified
Teacher status based on the state criteria. Teachers should complete the
appropriate forms and supply supporting documentation to their principals or
This section provides highly qualified
teacher forms for school and teacher use:
§ Form A: Grades
K-6 General Education
§ Form A-Extended
Options: Grades K-6 General Education
§ Form B: Grades
7-12 General Education
§ Form B-Extended
Options: Grades 7-12 General Education
§ Form C: Music,
Visual Arts, Dance, Drama and Foreign Language General Education
§ Form C-Extended
Options: Music, Visual Arts, Dance, Drama and Foreign Language General
§ Form D: Grades
K-6 Special Education and Gifted Education/Intervention Specialist Teachers
§ Form E: Grades
7-12 Special Education and Gifted Education/Intervention Specialist Teachers
§ Ohio Highly
Qualified Teacher Expanded Rubric
The forms outline
how teachers can meet highly qualified requirements for specific teaching
positions. To be HQT a teacher must meet all three of the following
§ Section 1: Hold at least a bachelor’s degree;
§ Section 2: Hold a valid, Ohio license appropriate to
the teaching assignment(s); and
§ Section 3: Hold evidence of content knowledge in the
core academic subject(s) of the teaching assignment(s).
If any one of the three requirements is missing, a
teacher is not HQT.
refer to the HQT tool-kit on ODE for All Forms: http://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topics/Teaching/Educator-Equity/Highly-Qualified-Teacher-HQT-Toolkit/2017-18-HQT-toolkit.pdf.aspx
As of 2016-2017: ODE states that by the beginning of this year, Intervention Specialists (IS) of Grade 7-12 are to show evidence of relevant content knowledge by having completed one of the options of : Ohio Assessment for Educators Exam or previously passed licensing exam, 30 College semester hours completed, master’s degree in core subject area, or 90 clock hours of PD post-initial license. To meet this last PD requirement, teachers must:
§ Complete 45 clock hours of PD
related to content they teach.
§ Can count up to 45 clock hours
of pedagogy (universal or content specific). Either described as universal
pedagogy or related to subject area instructed.
Bill 216: In August 2018, Senate Bill 216 replaced HQT. HQT starting November
1, 2018 will be replaced by “Properly Certified and Licensed Teacher.” The
specifics for this replacement have not been identified as of the start of the
2018-2019 school year. IMPORTANT: However, the HQT coursework is still acceptable
for the 2018-2019 school year. The acceptability for the HQT coursework is a
local/district decision. Prior to
registering for the HQT 45 Hour Class, check with your District’s decision.