Step 1: Complete a Teacher Preparation Program that has been Approved
Educators must have at least a bachelor’s degree to teach in the United States. To be certified in the state of Oklahoma, students must finish a state-approved teacher education training program. Although Oklahoma has no official course or credit hour prerequisites, each institution’s teacher training program has its standards, curriculum, and graduation prerequisites. For further information, contact your teacher preparation program or the Oklahoma Department of Education. The Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability maintains a list of recognized teacher preparation programs in the state.
Through demanding curriculum and practical field experiences, teacher education programs at accredited colleges and universities train students to become educators. Foundational training and expertise, pedagogy, and educational technology are frequently emphasized in curricula. In addition, teacher training programs aim to equip students to do research, design, and execute learning experiences in their chosen profession. Field observations, student teaching, and internships are all examples of practical field experiences that allow students to apply what they’ve studied in the classroom.
Step 2: Pass the Requisite Exams
You must pass three teacher’s assessment tests that are based on their expertise and competency to get certified to teach in Oklahoma:
The Oklahoma Professional Teaching Exam (OPTE) is a standardized test for teachers in Oklahoma.
Oklahoma’s General Education Test (OGET)
The Oklahoma Subject Area Test (OSAT) is a state-mandated assessment.
Visit the Certification Examinations for Oklahoma Educators page to learn more about teacher certification in Oklahoma.
Step 3: Fill out an application for a teaching license in Oklahoma
You can apply for your preliminary Standard Certificate when you have achieved all of the certification prerequisites for Oklahoma teacher certification. You can begin the application procedure and pay the application dues online. Submit the required documents to Oklahoma State Department of Education, Professional Standards Section-Room 212 2500 North Lincoln Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73105-4599.