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To become a certified teacher in Oklahoma, you will need to fulfill these requirements:
Step One: Complete a bachelor's degree and other prerequisite coursework required.
Step Two: Complete a state-approved teacher preparation program
Step Three: Pass required exams.
Step Four: Submit an Oklahoma teaching credential application.
Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible, and we are dedicated to updating CertificationMap.com with new information on a regular basis.
Step One: Oklahoma Prerequisite Coursework
Generally speaking, states require that certified teachers hold, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. Oklahoma, however, does not have any such requirements.
Many schools of education now offer online MAT programs that provide increased flexibility by allowing aspiring or working teachers to attend class and complete coursework from any location that has an Internet connection. Online MAT programs are a practical option for students who have professional and personal commitments that make it difficult to obtain teaching certification through a full-time program.
The best online programs offer the same curriculum as the school’s on-campus program and apply the same admission requirements. Providing students with the ability to communicate with instructors and classmates in a face-to-face online environment is another hallmark of a good online program. In addition, candidates in online MAT programs should be provided with the opportunity to complete student teaching fieldwork in the local community.
Teacher preparation includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program.
Typically, teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. Coursework often includes instruction on foundational knowledge, skills, and pedagogy (the art and science of teaching), as well as preparation in researching, designing and implementing learning experiences in various fields of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and internships.
While the cost of an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of resources are available specifically for teachers. For general information, visit the Certification Map page on Scholarships for Teachers. For scholarships to teachers in Oklahoma, visit the Certification Map page on Oklahoma Teacher Scholarships.
The Oklahoma State Department of Education’s Single Sign On is the portal through which teaching candidates holding an education degree through a state-approved program can apply for their teaching certification. Other applicants must apply through their alternative certification programs.