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How To Become a Teacher in Oklahoma

This guide will take you through the requirements necessary for becoming a teacher in Oklahoma. Take a look at each section of the roadmap below and determine the necessary requirements and plan the appropriate education pathway to become an Oklahoma teacher. If you already have a teaching license from another state, be sure to take a look at Oklahoma's teacher reciprocity rules.

Oklahoma Teacher Certification Roadmap

Areas of Teacher Certification

Oklahoma offers the following paths to becoming a teacher:

  • Traditional Oklahoma Program Teaching Certificate - ALL AREAS
  • Alternative Placement Teaching License
  • Initial Application to Teach for America
  • Four-Year-Olds and Younger Certificate
  • Career Development Program for Paraprofessionals to be Certified Teachers
  • Troops to Teachers Defense Authorization Act

In addition, Oklahoma offers the following areas for certification:

  • ADMINISTRATIVE
    • SUPERINTENDENT (PK-12 or ALL)
    • ELEMENTARY SUPERINTENDENT (PK-8 or K-8)
    • SECONDARY PRINCIPAL (6-12 or 7-12)
    • MIDDLE LEVEL PRINCIPAL (5-8)
    • ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL (PK-8 or K-8)
    • VOCATIONAL ADMINISTRATOR(9-12 Vocational)
    • CURRICULUM ADMINISTRATOR (ALL)(Nonteaching)
    • CURRICULUM SUPERVISOR (Same Level)
  • AGRICULTURE
    • AGRICULTURE – GENERAL (7-12)
    • AGRICULTURE EDUCATION (6-12)
  • ATHLETIC COACH
    • ATHLETIC COACH (Same Level)
  • ART
    • ART (PK-12)
    • ART – JR. HIGH (6-8 Middle/Jr High Endorsement Only)
  • BUSINESS
    • ACCOUNTING (7-12)
    • BUSINESS ENGLISH (7-12)
    • BUSINESS LAW (7-12)
    • BUSINESS MACHINES (7-12)
    • BUSINESS MATH (7-12)
    • CAREER/OCCUP INFORM (7-12)
    • COMP IN BUS/INFO PRO (7-12)
    • ECONOMICS (7-12)
    • FINANCE (7-12)
    • GENERAL BUSINESS (7-12)
    • MANAGEMENT (7-12)
    • MARKETING (7-12)
    • OFFICE PROC/MANAGE (7-12)
    • SHORTHAND (7-12)
    • TYPEWRITING (7-12)
    • BUSINESS EDUCATION (6-12)(=All business areas including career/technology)
  • CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION
    • MARKETING ED (6-12)
    • DE/MARKETING (9-12 Vocational)
    • OCCUPATIONAL AGRICULTURE(6-12 or 9-12 Vocational)
    • OCCUPATIONAL HOME ECONOMICS(9-12 Vocational)
    • TECHNICAL EDUCATION(9-12 Vocational)
    • TRADE AND INDUSTRIAL(6-12 or 9-12 Vocational)
    • VOCATIONAL AGRICULTURE(9-12 Vocational)
    • VOCATIONAL BUSINESS – OFFICE(9-12 Vocational)
    • CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS(6-12)
    • CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY HEALTH OCCUPATIONS(6-12 or 9-12 Vocational)
    • VOCATIONAL HOME ECONOMICS(9-12 Vocational)
    • OCCUPATIONAL FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE (6-12)
    • CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES (6-12)
  • COMPUTER SCIENCE
    • COMPUTER SCIENCE (PK-12)
    • ELEMENTARY KEYBOARDING (K-8)
  • DANCE
    • DANCE (PK-12)
  • DRIVER/SAFETY EDUCATION
    • DRIVER/SAFETY EDUCATION (6-12 or 7-12)
  • EARLY CHILDHOOD
    • EARLY CHILDHOOD (N-K)
    • SPECIAL EC KINDERGARTEN (K)
    • EARLY CHILDHOOD (PK-3)
    • FOUR-YEAR-OLDS AND YOUNGER (PK)
  • ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
    • ELEMENTARY EDUCATION (1-8)
    • ELEMENTARY EDUCATION (1-8)
  • ENGLISH
    • AMERICAN LITERATURE (7-12)
    • ENGLISH LITERATURE (7-12)
    • GRAMMAR & COMPOSITION (7-12)
    • LIBRARY SCIENCE (7-12)
    • NEWSPAPER (7-12)
    • WORLD LITERATURE (7-12)
    • YEARBOOK (7-12)
    • LANGUAGE ARTS-JR. HIGH (6-8)
    • ENGLISH (6-12) (=Grammar/Composition, American Literature, English Literature, and World Literature)
  • ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
    • BILINGUAL/MULTICULTURE (Same Level)
    • ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (Same Level or PK-12)
  • FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES
    • FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES (6-12)
  • FOREIGN LANGUAGE
    • AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE (PK-12)
    • CHEROKEE (PK-12)
    • CHINESE (PK-12)
    • CHOCTAW (PK-12)
    • FRENCH (PK-12 or K-12)
    • FRENCH (7-12)
    • GERMAN (PK-12 or K-12)
    • GERMAN (7-12)
    • GREEK (PK-12)
    • ITALIAN (PK-12)
    • JAPANESE (PK-12)
    • KIOWA (PK-12)
    • LATIN (PK-12 or K-12)
    • LATIN (7-12)
    • NATIVE AMERICAN LANGUAGE (PK-12)
    • RUSSIAN (PK-12 or K-12)
    • RUSSIAN (7-12)
    • SPANISH (PK-12 or K-12)
    • SPANISH (7-12)
    • TURKISH (PK-12)
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED
    • GIFTED AND TALENTED (Same Level or PK-12)
  • HOME ECONOMICS
    • HOME ECONOMICS-GEN (7-12)
    • ADULT/FAMILY LIVING (7-12)
    • CAREER EDUCATION (7-12)
    • CHILD DEV/PARENT ED (7-12)
    • CONSUMER EDUCATION (7-12)
    • NUTRITION EDUCATION (7-12)
    • TEXTILES/CLOTHING (7-12)
  • INDUSTRIAL ARTS
    • 5001 DRAFTING TECHNOLOGY (7-12)
    • ELECTRIC/ELECTRONICS (7-12)
    • GEN INDUSTRIAL ARTS (7-12)
    • GRAPHICS (7-12)
    • METAL TECHNOLOGY (7-12)
    • POWER TECHNOLOGY (7-12)
    • WOOD TECHNOLOGY (7-12)
  • JOURNALISM
    • JOURNALISM (7-12)
    • JOURNALISM (6-12 or 7-12)
  • LIBRARY MEDIA
    • LIBRARIAN (ALL)
    • LIBRARY-MEDIA SPECIALIST (PK-12 or ALL)
  • MATHEMATICS
    • ALGEBRA (7-12)
    • ANALYSIS (7-12)
    • CALCULUS (7-12)
    • COMPUTER SCIENCE/APP (7-12)
    • GENERAL MATHEMATICS (7-12)
    • GEOMETRY (7-12)
    • LINEAR ALGEBRA (7-12)
    • STATISTICS (7-12)
    • TRIGONOMETRY (7-12)
    • ADVANCED/SECONDARY MATHEMATICS (6-12) (=Analysis, Calculus, Trigonometry, Statistics)
    • INTERMEDIATE MATHEMATICS (6-12)
    • MATH-JR HIGH (6-8 Middle/Jr. High Endorsement Only)
  • MIDDLE LEVEL
    • ENGLISH (5-8)
    • MATHEMATICS (5-8) (Not for H.S. Credit)
    • MATHEMATICS (5-8) (For 7-8 H.S. Credit)
    • MUSIC (5-8)
    • SCIENCE (5-8)
    • SOCIAL STUDIES (5-8)
  • MUSIC
    • INSTRUMENTAL/GENERAL MUSIC (PK-12 or K-12)
    • VOCAL/GENERAL MUSIC (PK-12 or K-12)
    • MUSIC – JR HIGH (6-8 Middle/Jr High Endorsement Only)
  • OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
    • OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY (All Grades)
  • PHYSICAL EDUCATION/HEALTH/SAFETY
    • HEALTH (PK-12)
    • PHYSICAL ED/HEALTH/SAFETY (PK-12 or K-12)
    • PHYSICAL ED-JR HIGH (6-8)
  • PHYSICAL THERAPY
    • PHYSICAL THERAPY (All Grades)
  • ROTC
    • ROTC (6-12 or 7-12)
  • READING
    • READING SPECIALIST (PK-12 or K-12)
  • SCHOOL COUNSELOR
    • ELEMENTARY COUNSELOR (K-8)
    • SCHOOL COUNSELOR (PK-12 or ALL)
    • SECONDARY COUNSELOR (7-12)
  • SCHOOL NURSE
    • SCHOOL NURSE (PK-12 or ALL)
  • SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST
    • SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST (PK-12 or ALL)
  • SCHOOL PSYCHOMETRIST
    • SCHOOL PSYCHOMETRIST (PK-12 or ALL)
  • SCIENCE
    • ANATOMY/PHYSIOLOGY (7-12)
    • BIOLOGY (7-12)
    • BOTANY (7-12)
    • CHEMISTRY (6-12 or 7-12)(=Chemistry, General Science)
    • EARTH SCIENCE (6-12 or 7-12)(=Earth, General Science)
    • GENERAL SCIENCE (7-12)
    • PHYSICAL SCIENCE (6-12 or 7-12)(Physical Science, General Science)
    • PHYSICS (6-12 or 7-12)(Physics, General Science)
    • ZOOLOGY (7-12)
    • BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (6-12)(=Anatomy/Physiology, Biology, Botany, General Science and Zoology)
    • SCIENCE (6-8 Middle/Jr. High Endorsement Only)
    • AERONAUTICS (7-12)
    • COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (7-12)
  • SOCIAL STUDIES
    • AMERICAN HISTORY (7-12)
    • ANCIENT/MEDIEVAL HIST (7-12)
    • BLACK HISTORY (7-12)
    • CONSERV NAT RESOURCES (7-12)
    • DEMOCRACY (7-12)
    • ECONOMICS (7-12)
    • GEOGRAPHY (7-12)
    • INTERNATIONAL PROBLEMS (7-12)
    • OKLAHOMA HISTORY (7-12)
    • SOCIOLOGY/ANTHROPOLOGY (7-12)
    • U.S. GOVERNMENT (7-12)
    • WORLD HISTORY (7-12)
    • U.S. HISTORY/OKLAHOMA HISTORY/GOVERNMENT/ECONOMICS (6-12)
    • WORLD HISTORY/GEOGRAPHY (6-12)
    • PSYCHOLOGY/SOCIOLOGY (6-12)
    • SOCIAL STUDIES-JR HIGH
    • PSYCHOLOGY (7-12)
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
    • EMOTIONALLY DISTURBED (N-12)
    • HEARING IMPAIRED (N-12)
    • LEARNING DISABILITY (N-12)
    • MENTALLY HANDICAPPED (N-12)
    • PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED (N-12)
    • VISUALLY HANDICAPPED (N-12)
    • BLIND/VISUAL IMPAIRMENT (PK-12)
    • DEAF/HARD OF HEARING (PK-12)
    • MILD-MODERATE DISABILITIES (PK-12)
    • SEVERE-PROFOUND, MULTIPLE DISABILITIES (PK-12)
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION REGISTRIES
    • AUTISM (N-12)
    • DEAF-BLINDNESS (N-12)
    • MULTIPLE DISABILITIES (N-12)
    • OTHER HEALTH IMPAIRMENT (N-12)
    • TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY (N-12)
  • SPEECH/DRAMA/DEBATE
    • SPEECH AND DRAMA – 1975 (PK-12)
    • SPEECH AND DRAMA – 1984 (PK-12)
    • SPEECH/DRAMA/DEBATE – 1997 (PK-12)
  • SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST
    • SPEECH/LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST (PK-12 or ALL)
    • SPEECH PATHOLOGIST (ALL)
  • TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION
    • COMMUNICATION TECH (6-12)
    • CONSTRUCTION TECH (6-12)
    • MANUFACTURING TECH (6-12)
    • ENG/PWR/TRANSP TECH (6-12)
  • TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING
    • GENERAL TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING (6-12)
    • TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING (6-12)
    • TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING – JR HIGH (6-8 Middle/Jr High)
    • TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING /IA (6-12)

Oklahoma Teaching Certificate Requirements

The requirements for becoming a teacher in Oklahoma include:

  • A bachelor's degree
  • A certification recommendation from an Oklahoma institution of higher education
  • Passing score on the OGET, OSATs and OPTE
  • Fingerprint and criminal history check
  • Completed application

If you do not meet these requirements, there are alternative pathways (listed below) that will allow you to teach while you fulfill your deficiencies.

Education Requirements

In order to become a teacher in Oklahoma, you must possess a minimum of a bachelor's degree. If you do not meet this requirement, here are some of the top online education degree programs to help you meet the requirements of becoming a teacher.

Certification Examinations for Oklahoma Educators

You are required to take and pass the Certification Examinations for Oklahoma Educators (CEOE). The CEOE is a competency-based teacher assessment system which includes tests of general education, subject-matter knowledge, and knowledge of basic professional education. The tests include the Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET), the Oklahoma Professional Teaching Examination (OPTE) and the Oklahoma Subject Area Tests (OSAT).

The OGET is designed to assess general education knowledge and skills, including critical thinking, communication, and computation. The test includes approximately 100 selected-response questions and 1 writing assignment. The OPTE is designed to assess professional knowledge and skills needed by entry-level Oklahoma educators. Each OPTE includes approximately 75 selected-response questions and a constructed-response section that consists of 3 written performance assignments. The OSATs are designed to assess subject-matter knowledge and skills. Except for a few tests, all OSATs include approximately 80 selected-response questions and 1 constructed-response assignment.

Fingerprinting and Criminal Background Check

Fingerprinting is required for anyone wanting to become a teacher in Oklahoma. Your fingerprints may be taken electronically at the Oklahoma State Department of Education or you may have a fingerprint card taken at your local sheriff's office or police department and submit with your teacher license application. Your fingerprint card will then be submitted for scanning and submission to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for a criminal background check. The cost is $58.

Certification Reciprocity

Oklahoma is part of an interstate reciprocity agreement with most states and offers teacher reciprocity on a case by case basis. You must still apply for a teacher license through the Oklahoma State Department of Education and submit verification of your current teacher license from another state, along with other Oklahoma requirements in order to be considered for a teacher license based on reciprocity.

Oklahoma Alternative Teacher Certification

The Oklahoma Non-Traditional Teacher Licensure Program offers an alternative pathway to become a teacher in Oklahoma for individuals who have a bachelor's degree, but did not complete a teacher education program. The program allows you to teach while fulfilling the necessary requirements for a full teacher license.

In addition, the Oklahoma Teach for America program offers qualified professionals with a bachelor's degree transition to a second career as a teacher.

Five years of experience with the Head Start program allows you to qualify for a Four-Year-Olds and Younger Certificate. If you are interested in this alternative certification pathway, here is a list of Oklahoma Head Start Programs.

And for qualified military personnel making a transition to teaching as a second career, the Oklahoma Troops to Teachers program offers another alternative path to teacher certification.

Become a Substitute Teacher in Oklahoma

If you have a college degree but don't qualify for a teaching certificate, you may consider becoming a substitute teacher in Oklahoma. You may substitute teach while you attain your teaching credentials through an accredited online program.

Teacher Jobs In Oklahoma

The best way to find a teacher job in Oklahoma is to contact the school district in which you wish to teach. This list of Oklahoma school districts provides contact information for each school district. Contact each to apply directly for teacher jobs within that district.

Oklahoma Teacher Salaries

The Oklahoma State Department of Education has posted an Oklahoma Teacher Salary Schedule which sets the minimum salary for teachers in Oklahoma. The salary range for an Oklahoma teacher varies by school district, level of education, and years teaching and is between $31,600 to $46,000 per year. In addition to your salary, the state offers health benefits and a Teacher's Retirement System.

Resources for Teacher Certification in Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation helps develop, implement and facilitate competency-based teacher preparation, candidate assessment, and professional development systems.

TEACH Oklahoma Teacher Licensing and Certification

Oklahoma State Department of Education
Professional Standards Section
Hodge Education Building - Room 212
2500 North Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105-4599
(405) 521-3337

Interested in how to become a teacher in another state? Return to the How to Become a Teacher main page, or click on one of these neighboring states below.


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