Since 2010, the number of teachers employed in Oklahoma has been on the rise, reflecting increases in student enrollment. Becoming a kindergarten or elementary teacher in Oklahoma requires state certification. After earning a bachelor's degree from an approved program, you'll need to complete testing requirements and then apply for certification. Read on for details on each of these steps.
Oklahoma Kindergarten and Elementary Teacher Requirements
|Average Salary for Teachers in Oklahoma (2017)*|| $40,060 (Kindergarten)
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree and completion of approved teacher education program|
|Degree Field||Elementary Education|
|Testing Requirements||OGET, OSAT, OPTE|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step 1: Earn Your Degree
Prospective kindergarten and elementary teachers in Oklahoma must earn a bachelor's degree in education from an accredited college or university with a state-approved teacher education program. These programs typically include general education requirements in language arts, science, math, history, and other core subjects. Education students also complete courses focused specifically on teaching individual subjects like reading and math to elementary-age students. Courses on curriculum design and classroom management are also included. Programs also typically require a student teaching component.
Step 2: Pass Required Exams
Earning a teaching certificate in Oklahoma requires taking three tests. The Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET) requires a passing score of 240. For elementary education, the Oklahoma Subject Area Test (OSAT) includes two subtests. The first focuses on reading and language arts. The second subtest covers remaining elementary education subjects including social studies, math, science, health, and art. The passing score for each subtest is 240. The third test is the Oklahoma Professional Teaching Examination (OPTE). For the test covering Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 8, a score of 240 is required to pass.
Step 3: Complete Background Check
After passage of the exams, prospective teachers in Oklahoma must pass criminal background checks through the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Finally, they must complete Oklahoma's application for teacher certification and pay the processing fee.
Certification Resource for Oklahoma Kindergarten and Elementary Teachers
As you prepare for your certification exams, you may find the following resource useful.