Teaching Degrees in Oklahoma

Students interested in obtaining a teaching degree in Oklahoma and teaching in the Oklahoma public school systems should know some important information, such as:

  • The impact of a master’s degree
  • Scholarships and grants
  • Oklahoma teacher certification

Also included here is a list of additional resources and a comprehensive directory of fully- accredited teaching degrees in Oklahoma.

Teaching Degrees in Oklahoma

A bachelor’s degree is required in order to obtain teaching certification in Oklahoma. Those who are interested in becoming teachers are also required to successfully complete an approved and accredited educator preparation program. There are currently 24 colleges and universities offering teaching degrees in Oklahoma.

Only 28.9 percent of Oklahoma teachers hold a master’s degree. Teachers holding a master’s degree enjoy a salary increase of nearly $2,500 per year over than their bachelor’s degree counterparts.

Teaching Scholarships and Grants in Oklahoma

There are a variety of scholarships and grants to help with the cost of earning a teaching degree in Oklahoma. Some examples are:

Oklahoma Future Teachers Scholarship Program
This scholarship is available to students pursuing teaching degrees in Oklahoma to encourage these students to work in critical need areas in the Oklahoma public school system.

Oklahoma State University Scholarships
The College of Education at Oklahoma State University offers several scholarships to students pursuing teaching degrees.

Southern Nazarene University Scholarships
Southern Nazarene University offers several scholarships to students pursuing teaching degrees.

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program
This federally funded grant program awards up to $4,000 per year to students currently pursuing a teaching degree in Oklahoma, providing the student demonstrates financial need. Students must agree to work in a high-need school for a minimum of four years.

Teacher Shortage Employment Incentive Program (TSEIP)
This program reimburses teachers for eligible student loans on a yearly basis, as long as they teach full-time in an Oklahoma public school.

University of Oklahoma Scholarships
The College of Education at the University of Oklahoma offers several scholarships to students pursuing teaching degrees.

Oklahoma Teacher Certification

Oklahoma currently offers three main types of teaching licenses. These are:

  • License – For teachers who have not yet completed the requirements of Oklahoma certification or those that completed a non-traditional certification program.
  • Provisional Certificate – For teachers who completed a teacher education program from another state and needs to meet Oklahoma requirements.
  • Standard Certificate – For teachers who meet all requirements for full certification in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma state teacher certification requirements include:

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Successful completion of an approved, accredited educator preparation program
  • Passing the OGET, OSAT and OPTE tests
  • Successful completion of the Praxis I and Praxis II tests
  • Fingerprinting and background check

Oklahoma requires teachers to participate in professional development in order to continuously build additional knowledge and skills. The state requires teachers to complete a minimum of 30 to 45 hours of professional development training, depending upon the teaching license held.

Additional Resources about Teaching in Oklahoma

The following resources provide additional information for those pursuing teaching degrees in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Department of Education
This site serves as a comprehensive guide for educators or those interested in becoming educators in the state of Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation
This site provides an in-depth overview of the requirements of obtaining a teaching license in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Department of Labor
A good resource for information about the job market in Oklahoma.

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