APPROVED CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
To secure a license or a standard certificate to teach in most states, five general requirements must be met:
- Completion of an approved certificate program in an institution approved for Teacher Education.
- Graduation from an accredited college with a bachelor's degree.
- Passing the state teacher certification tests: Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET), Oklahoma Subject Area Test (OSAT), and Oklahoma Professional Teaching Examination (OPTE).
- Recommendation for licensure by the Director of Teacher Education of the college attended or review and acceptance of a student's file by the state office for teacher certification.
- Many states require special credits in the history of government of their state as well as other requirements particular to that state.
If a prospective teacher has an interest in teaching in a state other than Oklahoma, it is the prospective teacher's responsibility to familiarize themselves with that particular state's specific requirements. Teacher's licenses/certificates are issued by the State Board of Education upon application by the prospective teacher and recommendation of the University. The curricular requirements for the certificate programs are divided into three (3) areas: General Education, Professional Education, and Specialization.
Additionally, it should be noted that Oklahoma requires the establishment of Foreign Language Proficiency for teacher certification. Click HERE for Foreign Language Proficiency Requirements.