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Alternative Certification and Advisement

Individuals desiring to pursue teacher certification through the Oklahoma State Department of Education Alternative Placement Program should contact the Oklahoma State Department at (405) 521-3337 to begin the process. Once application has been made, individual will be notified regarding acceptance and additional requirements. Information is also available on the Oklahoma State Department of Education website at:

The Director of Educator Preparation will meet with individuals seeking Alternative Certification and after a review of transcripts, consultation with the individual, consultation with the Oklahoma State Department of Education, and consultation with departmental faculty in the School of Education, will make recommendations of Professional Education coursework available from Southern Nazarene University. The Director of Educator Preparation will coordinate enrollment and oversee progress, and will serve as advisor of the Alternative Certification candidate during the time candidate is enrolled in Professional Education coursework at Southern Nazarene University.

Data files for individuals enrolled in SNU coursework (undergraduate and graduate) who are participating in the Alternative Certification Program are maintained in the SNU Office of Educator Preparation. Letters of recommendation for those seeking Alternative Certification are also on file in the SNU Office of Educator Preparation.

Our Nazarene Heritage
Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university - a service of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to training people for service to God and their fellow man. More than 32,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and the world. Read About Our Heritage