The Oklahoma State Department of Education emphasizes the importance of mathematics education with its formation of a STEM team to help students become proficient in math and science fields. Educators who wish to support this objective can become certified math teachers in Oklahoma by completing an approved teacher education program and passing required exams.
Oklahoma Math Teacher Requirements
|Average Salary for Teachers in Oklahoma (2017)*||$40,530 (Elementary); $42,040 (Middle School); $41,880 (High School)|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree and completion of approved teacher education program|
|Degree Field||Education with a focus on math|
|Testing Requirements||OGET, OPTE, OSAT|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step 1: Earn Your Degree
Math teachers in Oklahoma must hold a bachelor's degree from a college or university with a state-approved teacher education program. These programs are designed to help future math teachers become proficient in both an array of liberal arts subjects and specific aspects of mathematics, like algebra, calculus, geometry, and trigonometry. Additionally, programs provide instruction in curriculum design, classroom management, and theories and methods of teaching. Oklahoma math teacher education programs typically prepare graduates for teaching in grades five through 12. Some programs require that students maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5 or higher. Math teacher education programs also usually include classroom observations and practice teaching components.
Step 2: Take Exams and Get Certified
After completing their degrees, Oklahoma math teachers must pass three tests. The Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET) requires a passing score of 240. There are two versions of the Oklahoma Professional Teaching Examination: one for grades preK-8 and one for grades 6-12. The passing score for each version is 240. Oklahoma Subject Area Tests are available for elementary, middle level/intermediate, and advanced levels of mathematics, and each test requires a passing score of 240.
After passing the exams, prospective teachers must submit an application for certification and pay the processing fee of $50. Finally, applicants must pass state and federal criminal history checks, which cost around $54.
Oklahoma Math Teacher Certification Resources
Future math teachers preparing for the Oklahoma General Education Test or OSAT exams may find the following resources helpful.