Prerequisite Coursework in Oklahoma
Teacher education programs from accredited colleges or universities prepare students to become teachers through rigorous coursework, as well as practical fieldwork. Curricula most commonly emphasize foundational knowledge and skill, pedagogy, and educational technology. In addition, teacher education programs seek to prepare students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. Practical fieldwork allows students to apply what they have learned in a classroom setting through field observations, student teaching, and internships.
Generally speaking, states require that certified teachers hold, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree. Some states also require coursework in particular subjects or specific undergraduate credit hours for certification in specialty areas. Oklahoma does not have particular course or credit hour requirements, but every college or university teacher preparation program will have its own specific prerequisites, curriculum, and requirements for graduation. Contact your teacher preparation program or the Oklahoma State Department of Education for more information.
Oklahoma Teacher Certification Programs
A list of accredited teacher preparation programs in Oklahoma can be found through the Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability.
Required Tests for Oklahoma
In order to become certified to teach in Oklahoma, you must satisfactorily complete three competency-based teacher tests:
- The Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET)
- The Oklahoma Subject Area Test (OSAT);
- The Oklahoma Professional Teaching Exam (OPTE).
Learn more about Oklahoma teacher certification exams on the Certification Examinations for Oklahoma Educators website.
You can learn more about the Praxis exams by visiting Teach.com’s Ultimate Guide to the Praxis Exams and read more about teacher certification tests on Teach.com.
Initial Teaching Certifications
To earn your teaching credential in Oklahoma, you will have to complete the appropriate amount of undergraduate coursework and standardized tests, as well as an accredited certification program.