Those interested in seeking Oklahoma teacher certification must first complete a college-level teacher education program. These programs are most commonly available at the bachelor's and master's degree levels. Prospective teachers can choose from general programs, such as those in early childhood or elementary education, or they can enroll in a subject-specific program in a field such as history, reading, earth science, English, art or mathematics. After completing their program and student teaching, graduates must take Oklahoma's teacher certification exams to become certified to work in public schools.
Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Southwestern Oklahoma State University, located in Weatherford, offers bachelor's degree and master's degree programs. Bachelor's degree programs are available in both elementary education and history education. Elementary education students take courses in children's literature, classroom management, reading education and language arts, while history education students take courses on historical research, American history, adolescent psychology and Oklahoma history.
Master's degree programs are available for those already possessing a bachelor's degree in education or current teaching certification. Those in the early childhood education master's program pursue advanced study in topics of early childhood education, including expressive arts, counseling and guidance, language development and learning psychology. Students enrolled in the elementary and secondary education reading specialist master's program are trained in analyzing reading systems, organizing reading instruction programs and diagnosing children who need remedial reading assistance.
University of Tulsa
The University of Tulsa was established in 1894 by the Presbyterian Church. The school offers several bachelor's and master's degree programs to prepare students for Oklahoma teaching certification upon graduation.
Undergraduates can choose between Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degree programs in education. The BA program enables students to major in earth science, a foreign language, English, mathematics, history, music, art or exercise. Possible BS program majors include deaf education, mathematics and chemistry. Core courses for all education majors include educational technology, the learning process, instructional technology and education evaluation.
Graduate students can earn a Master of Education or a Master of Arts in Education degree. The Master of Education program is designed to prepare students for teacher certification in elementary or secondary education, and its coursework includes the study of educational policy and statistical research. Available with thesis and non-thesis options, the MA program enables students to specialize in language and discourse or in educational foundations. Core courses for both specializations cover evaluation techniques and the history of education.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Southwestern Oklahoma State University||4-year, public; remote town|| BS in Education: Elementary Education
BA in Education: History Education
Master of Education in Early Childhood Education
Master of Education: Elementary and Secondary Education Reading Specialist
|$7,335 (in-state), $14,235 (out-of-state)*|
|University of Tulsa||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city|| BA in Education
BS in Education
Master of Education
MA in Education
Source: *NCES College Navigator