Become a Teacher in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Highlights

Avg. Elementary Teacher Salary: $40,530
Avg. Secondary Teacher Salary: $41,880
Vacation Weeks Per Year: 17

Figures regarding teacher salaries are sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics External link  report.

Important Note: Education licensure requirements, statistics and other information are subject to change. makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 08/11/2018

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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 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.

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Master’s 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.

Learn more about getting your MAT online with our partner USC Rossier School of Education.

Step Two: Oklahoma Teacher Preparation

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.

Alternative Certification

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. For example, the state of Oklahoma officially recognizes the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence as one alternative route to earning your Oklahoma teacher certification.

Find out more about Oklahoma alternative certification programs on Certification Map.

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Step Three: Oklahoma Required Tests

Applicants seeking their Oklahoma teacher certification are required to successfully complete the following assessments as dictated by the Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability.

Oklahoma Required Tests
Oklahoma Professional Teaching Exam (OPTE) 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

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Step Four: Oklahoma Application Requirements

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.

Background Check

Visit the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s Fingerprint/Background Checks Information page to find out how to gain clearance to become a state educator.

Teach Oklahoma 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.

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Oklahoma Certification Reciprocity

Oklahoma will accept some teaching credentials from all of the other states. Contact the Oklahoma State Department of Education to inquire about your specific situation.

Please see the Certification Map interstate reciprocity disclaimer page for more information.

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Oklahoma Teacher Salary

  • Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: Oklahoma provides loan forgiveness for teachers teaching in low-income schools.
  • Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: Oklahoma has strong induction policies in place, including the Oklahoma Teacher Induction Program.
  • Average Elementary Teacher Salary: $41,900
  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: $42,960
  • Average Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: 17

Figures regarding teacher salaries are sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics report.

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Oklahoma Certification Resources & Links

2500 North Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105

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