If you’re looking to become a teacher in Oklahoma but hold a bachelor’s degree in a different field, the Oklahoma Alternative Placement Program is an alternative route you can take to become a certified teacher in a short period of time. Here is a look at what the program is all about and what you need to know to apply.
Program Mission and Overview
The Oklahoma Alternative Placement Program allows prospective teachers to earn a temporary teaching certificate while completing program requirements to become a full-time certified teacher. The program requires candidates to complete 18 credit hours of coursework or 270 clock hours. Those with a master’s or doctorate must complete 12 credit hours or 180 clock hours of education-related coursework. All coursework must be completed within three years of application to earn permanent certification.
Eligibility and How to Apply
Candidates interested in participating in this program must:
- Have at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution that is within an approved field of study.
- Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.
- Have at least two years of working experience in the subject area to be taught.
- Pass the Oklahoma General Education Test and Oklahoma Subject Area Test. (More than one subject area test may be necessary.)
- Pass a criminal background check.
- Apply through the Teacher Competency Review Panel (TCRP).
- Upon approval of the TCRP, obtain employment in an Oklahoma school and enroll in the appropriate coursework at an approved institution.
Applicants should apply directly through an approved institution to complete coursework.
Tuition and costs vary depending on the institution the candidate chooses to attend.