Become a Teacher
To become a certified teacher in Oklahoma, you will need to fulfill all prerequisite coursework, teacher preparation, and testing requirements.
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All states require that certified teachers at a minimum have a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. Oklahoma, however, does not have any undergraduate credit hour requirements.
Teacher preparation includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program.
Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree was not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements. The state of Oklahoma officially recognizes ABCTE certification as a route to earning your Oklahoma teacher certification.Click here to find out more information on Oklahoma Alternative Certification programs
Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often includes instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (or the art and science of teaching), and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and an internship.
While the involvement in an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of financial resources specifically for teachers exist around the country. For more information on this, visit our page on scholarships for teachers. For more scholarships for teachers exclusive to the State of Oklahoma, visit our Oklahoma Teacher Scholarships page.
Applicants seeking their Oklahoma teacher certification are required to successfully complete the following three assessments put forth by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation (OCTP).
Oklahoma Subject Area Tests (OSAT)
Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET)
Measures professional knowledge and skills
Measures subject matter knowledge
Measures critical thinking and general education knowledge
Oklahoma will accept some teaching credentials from all but the following states: Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota. Contact the Oklahoma State Department of Education to inquire about your specific situation. Please see our interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.
- Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: Oklahoma provides differential pay support for teachers teaching in high needs schools and differential pay support and loan forgiveness for teachers teaching in shortage subject areas
- Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: Oklahoma has strong induction policies in place
- Average Elementary Teacher Salary: $42,450
- Average Secondary Teacher Salary: $43,060
- Teacher Salary vs. State Average Salary: The average teacher in Oklahoma makes 110% of the salary of the average worker in Oklahoma
- Average Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15
The Oklahoma Department of Education’s SAFE (Security Application for Enterprise) web portal provides teaching candidates with a one-stop shop for applying for teaching certification in the state of Oklahoma. After registering online, applicants are able to upload their personal and professional information and apply directly online for their teaching license(s). SAFE also provides applicants with the requirements needed for each type of teacher certification.
Visit the Oklahoma DOE’s Background Check Information to find out how to gain fingerprint clearance to become an Oklahoma state educator.
TeachOklahoma.org is an online resource that allows teaching candidates to register, search and apply online for employment opportunities within Oklahoma state public schools and educational agencies.
Oklahoma Substitute Teacher Requirements
Please click here to learn more about how to become a substitute teacher in Oklahoma.
Oklahoma State Department of Education
2500 North Lincoln Blvd #121
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
405-521-3301 – Contact
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