Information about Oklahoma Teacher Certification:
For more information about the teacher certification process please contact the Undergraduate Advising Office (phone: (405) 325-2238, email: firstname.lastname@example.org; location: Collings Hall Room 137) or Jamie Aldridge, Certification Officer, (phone: (405) 325-2108, email: email@example.com; location: Collings Hall Room 100).
The College has a small emergency fund to help students experiencing financial difficulty cover the cost of these exams. Please see your advisor to inquire about eligibility.
The Oklahoma State Department of Education provides alternative pathways to Oklahoma teacher certification through the Alternative Placement Program and the Paraprofessional Career Development Program. Note: Unlike traditional teaching endorsements, endorsements earned through alternative teacher certification may not be recognized outside of the State of Oklahoma.
The Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education offers individualized plans of study for the OSDE Alternative Placement Program in Mathematics – Advanced Mathematics (111); Science – Biological (010), Chemistry (004), Earth Science (008), Physical Science (013), Physics (014); World Languages – Chinese (080), French (120), German (021), Latin (123), Russian (122), Spanish (119); and Language Arts – English (107). JRCoE also offers coursework to meet requirements in the Paraprofessional Career Development Program.
Note that the individualized plans of study for the Alternative Placement Program and the Paraprofessional Career Development Program will meet State coursework requirements and may include additional coursework as deemed appropriate by program area faculty.
Alternative Placement Program and Paraprofessional Career Development Program students will be advised by program faculty with support from the Undergraduate Advising Office.
Students seeking to apply to JRCoE to complete coursework required in the Alternative Placement Program or the Paraprofessional Career Development Program must:
ODSE Alternative Certification Process: Step by Step
More information can be found at Oklahoma State Department of Education: Oklahoma Alternative Placement Program for Teacher Certification (click here)
Those seeking alternative teacher certification through the Oklahoma State Department of Education may be required to obtain a Letter of Concentration. Eligibility to request a letter of concentration from OU requires meeting each of the following criteria.
You are eligible to request a letter of concentration in a content area if you:
You are eligible to request a letter of concentration in school counseling if you:
NOTE: Masters degrees in Human Relations or Social Work do not provide preparation for school counseling in the absence of meeting the requirements noted above.
NOTE: if you are a Licensed Professional Counselor recognized by the State of Oklahoma, you may apply directly to OSDE for certification in school counseling.
Please contact the Undergraduate Advising Office (phone: 405.325.2238, email: firstname.lastname@example.org; location: 137 Ellsworth Collings Hall) for information about how to request a letter of concentration.
In Oklahoma, administrative certificates are issued by the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE). Individuals are strongly recommended to check with the State Department for specific certification requirements. Additionally you could directly view the OSDE website at sde.ok.gov/education-profession-enhancements
The University of Oklahoma has an accredited program for the preparation of school principals who are part of the state alternative certification program. Alternatively certified candidates must complete an approved administrator preparation program of study in not more than three years (Oklahoma Statutes, 70-6-189(C)). The preparation program at OU consists of a minimum 27 graduate credit hours PLUS the successful completion of an EACS Comprehensive Portfolio.
In Oklahoma, administrative certificates are issued by the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE). Individuals are strongly recommended to check with the State Department for specific certification requirements. Additionally you could directly view the OSDE website at sde.ok.gov/education-profession-enhancements.
The University of Oklahoma has a program for the preparation of school superintendents (Oklahoma Statutes, 70-6-189(C)) that focuses on district level educational leadership competencies. The preparation program at OU consists of a minimum 25 graduate credit hours.
The College of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) through 2026, with no identified Areas for Improvement, for its programs leading to initial teacher certification. Such programs include: B.S. Early Childhood Education; B.S. Elementary Education; B.S. Science Education (Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physical Science, Physics); B.S. Language Arts Education; B.S. Mathematics Education; B.S. Social Studies Education; B.S. Special Education; and B.S. World Languages Education. Master’s programs leading to advanced levels of certification, which are still operating under an extension of accreditation from National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education(NCATE), will be up for review by CAEP in 2026. These include the Reading Specialist, M. Ed. and the Educational Administration, Curriculum and Supervision M.Ed., Ed.D., and Ph.D.
OU Teacher Education graduates are highly satisfied with their preparation and highly rated by their employers. (CAEP Measures 1, 2, 3 and 4)
Graduating Seniors: At the end of every semester, we ask our graduating seniors how prepared they feel in regard to ten important facets of teacher preparation. Ratings can range from 1 (not prepared) to 5 (very prepared). Here’s how they rate their preparation! Content Knowledge = 4.72/5.00, Pedagogical Knowledge = 4.69/5.00, Learning Environment = 4.74/5.00, Classroom Management = 4.56/5.00, Assessment = 4.69/5.00, Reflective Practice = 4.75/5.00, Professionalism = 4.77/5.00, Disposition = 4.79/5.00.
Alumni/First Year Teachers:
At the end of every school year, we ask our alumni who are completing their first year of teaching how satisfied they are with their teacher preparation in regard to five important facets of teacher preparation using a scale of 1 (not satisfied) to 4 (very satisfied). Here’s how they rate their satisfaction! The Learner and Learning = 3.51/4.00, Content Knowledge = 3.24/4.00, Instructional Practice = 3.27/4.00, Professional Responsibility = 3.25/4.00, Use of Technology = 3.14/4.00.
At the end of every school year, we ask principals who employ our alumni how satisfied they are with OU teacher preparation graduates in regard to five important facets of teacher preparation using a scale of 1 (not satisfied) to 4 (very satisfied). Here’s how they rate their satisfaction! The Learner and Learning = 3.38/4.00, Content Knowledge = 3.30/4.00, Instructional Practice = 3.27/4.00, Professional Responsibility = 3.29/4.00, Use of Technology = 3.49/4.00.
Of students who are admitted to OU’s teacher education program, 95% complete their degree.
OU teacher education graduates have very high pass rates on Oklahoma Certification Tests. For the 2020-21 academic year, 89% passed their Oklahoma Subject Area Test (OSAT) and 99% passed their Oklahoma Professional Teaching Exam.
Yes! The State of Oklahoma requires school principals to observe their teachers every year and rate them on teaching ability. OU Teacher Education graduates are highly rated whether principals choose to use the Marzano Teacher Evaluation (average score of 3.71 in spring 2021) or the Tulsa Teacher Leader Evaluation (average score of 3.68 in spring 2021, with scores above 3 indicating successful performance).
Yes! Case studies conducted in the classrooms of OU Teacher Education graduates consistently indicate a positive impact on P-12 learning and development.
100%. All of our graduates who seek jobs as teachers are hired.