Oklahoma Teacher Certification

Are you thinking of earning Oklahoma teacher certification?

In the heart of the Midwest, Oklahoma beckons newcomers with the promise of a low cost of living, a high quality of life accented by traditional Midwestern hospitality, and the opportunity to get more bang for the buck, especially in the housing market.

With more than 500 school districts, Oklahoma provides a wealth of opportunity for both new and seasoned educators. All teachers in Oklahoma must have a teaching license which can be obtained through the traditional route or by applying for an alternative placement teaching license.

To obtain a traditional teaching license, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree in education.

  • Provide a recommendation for certification from an Oklahoma college or university.

  • Take the state Professional Teaching Exam, the General Education Test, and Subject Area Test for the subjects you wish to teach.

The alternative placement teaching license requires the same as the traditional teaching license. However, you will have to meet several additional requirements. You must have a bachelor's degree, with a minimum 2.5 GPA, in the subject you wish to teach and a minimum of three years of experience related to your subject after you've earned your bachelor's degree. Otherwise, you must hold a graduate degree in the subject if you do not have the required three years experience.

In addition, the Oklahoma Teacher Competency Review Panel must recommend you for certification and you must receive approval for certification from the Oklahoma State Board of Education.

Regardless of which route you take, you must successfully complete the Oklahoma Resident Teacher Program if you have less than a year of teaching experience. During the program, you will be mentored by an experienced teacher. After your first year under the guidance of the resident teacher, you will either receive your teaching certification or you will be required to complete another year of the program.

Upon completion of the Resident Teacher Program, you can apply for standard certification, which is valid for five years.

Teachers with no experience can expect a starting salary of, at minimum, $31,600 while experienced teachers with a bachelor's degree can earn as much as $42,325 annually. Teachers who hold masters or doctoral degrees can expect a higher starting salary in Oklahoma.

In addition to a low cost of living, the housing market is thriving in Oklahoma. A recent survey by Coldwell Banker found that a 2,200 square foot home that sells for close to $250,000 in cities like Atlanta and Baltimore goes for $135,000 or less in Oklahoma.

Learn more about living in Oklahoma. And take your first steps toward Oklahoma teacher certification.

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