According to the American Psychological Association, student interest in high school and college equivalency psychology classes continues to grow. Oklahoma educators who have an interest in psychology may wish to be certified to teach the subject at the high school level. In Oklahoma, this requires completing an undergraduate degree and teacher preparation program and passing state-sponsored exams.
Oklahoma History Teacher Requirements
|Average Salary for Teachers in Oklahoma (2017)*||$41,880 (High School)|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree and completion of approved teacher education program|
|Degree Field||Psychology, Secondary Education, Social Studies Education|
|Testing Requirements||OGET, OPTE, OSAT|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step 1: Complete Your Degree and Teacher Preparation Program
Psychology teachers in Oklahoma must complete a bachelor's degree and a teacher education program approved by Oklahoma's Office of Educational Quality and Accountability. Since psychology is a subject that typically isn't a large part of secondary schools' core curricula, prospective teachers may first wish to major in psychology in their undergraduate degree programs and then complete a state-approved teacher education program in order to qualify for certification. With a major in psychology, prospective teachers gain a background in general, abnormal, and developmental psychology along with an understanding of cognition and psychological research methods. Alternatively, teachers may earn a degree in education and complete additional coursework in psychology.
Regardless of the undergraduate major a student chooses, an Oklahoma teacher's education must include an approved teacher preparation program. Some Oklahoma teacher preparation programs cover psychology by offering degrees in social studies education. Other programs grant degrees in secondary education with concentrations or specializations in social studies that include psychology coursework. In addition to general education classes, these programs require coursework in social science disciplines like psychology and sociology. They also include education courses on educational psychology, classroom management, teaching methods, and using technology in education. These programs may require that students maintain a minimum GPA. In later semesters of study, students participate in field experiences and student teaching.
Step 2: Take Exams
After completing a bachelor's degree and teacher education program, Oklahoma requires that future psychology teachers pass three computer-based exams. The Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET) requires a passing score of at least 240. The Oklahoma Professional Teaching Examination for grades 6-12 also sets its passing score at 240. Finally, the state administers the Oklahoma Subject Area Test (OSAT) for psychology and sociology. This exam, too, requires a passing score of 240.
Step 3: Get Certified
Certification in Oklahoma requires the submission of an application and payment of an application fee. As part of the application, candidates must submit transcripts showing a completed degree and teacher education program. Prospective teachers must also be fingerprinted in order to clear criminal history checks with Oklahoma's State Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.