How to Become a Teacher in Oklahoma

The state of Oklahoma serves more than 650,000 students throughout its 537 public school districts, and employs more than 42,000 teachers to educate them. In spite of a nationwide drop in average student admissions, Oklahoma school districts continue to see an increase in student enrollment, resulting in heightened demand for teachers at the elementary and secondary levels. However, any individual interested in becoming an Oklahoma certified teacher must still adhere to rigorous state education and certification requirements, which are offered in greater detail below.

Education Requirements

To be a certified teacher in Oklahoma, all applicants must gain licensure from the Oklahoma Department of Education. All prospective teachers in the state must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Applicants must also complete a state certified teacher preparation program, usually completed in the form of student teaching. Specific requirements can be accessed by clicking here.

Oklahoma Teaching Certification

Teachers in Oklahoma must fulfill all requirements for licensure through Oklahoma’s Department of Education. Qualified applicants will hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, have completed a state approved teacher education program, and passed all three examinations required for teacher certification. Specialized certifications and endorsements may have other, more specific requirements. Click here for specific guidelines to all educator certifications in the state.

Required Tests

Oklahoma requires passage of three competency tests before licensure is granted. These are taken through the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation (OCTP), which is its own state agency. The three examinations are: the Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET); the Oklahoma Subject Area Test(s) (OSAT); and the Oklahoma Professional Teaching Examination (OPTE). Official testing information can be found by clicking here.

State Certification Reciprocity

Reciprocity is granted on a case by case basis, and is usually granted to states participating in the NASDTEC program. All teachers must apply for licensure, submit required identification documents, and are subject to approval by the state’s Department of Education. More information can be found here.

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Bacone College

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2299 Old Bacone Rd
Muskogee, OK 74403-1597
(918) 683-4581 Ext: 7340

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors

Cameron University

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2800 West Gore Blvd
Lawton, OK 73505-6377
(580) 581-2200

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Carl Albert State College

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1507 S McKenna
Poteau, OK 74953-5208
(918) 647-1200

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

East Central University

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1100 E. 14th Street
Ada, OK 74820-6999
(580) 332-8000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters

Eastern Oklahoma State College

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1301 W Main St
Wilburton, OK 74578-4999
(918) 465-2361

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College

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3701 S I-35 Frontage Road
Moore, OK 73160
(405) 912-9000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Commission

Langston University

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102 Page Hall
Langston, OK 73050
(405) 466-3428

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Murray State College

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One Murray Campus
Tishomingo, OK 73460
(580) 387-7000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College

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200 I St NE
Miami, OK 74354
(918) 542-8441

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Northeastern State University

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600 N Grand
Tahlequah, OK 74464-2399
(918) 456-5511

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Northwestern Oklahoma State University

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709 Oklahoma Blvd
Alva, OK 73717-2799
(580) 327-1700

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Oklahoma Baptist University

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500 W University
Shawnee, OK 74804
(405) 275-2850

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters

Oklahoma Christian University

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2501 E Memorial Rd
Edmond, OK 73013-1100
(405) 425-5000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Oklahoma City University

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2501 N Blackwelder
Oklahoma City, OK 73106-1402
(405) 208-5000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Oklahoma Panhandle State University

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323 Eagle Ave
Goodwell, OK 73939-0430
(580) 349-2611

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate

Oklahoma State University-Main Campus

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107 Whitehurst
Stillwater, OK 74078-1015
(405) 744-5000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Oklahoma Wesleyan University

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2201 Silver Lake Rd
Bartlesville, OK 74006-6299
(918) 333-6151

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Oral Roberts University

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7777 S Lewis Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74171
(918) 495-6161

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Rose State College

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6420 S E 15th
Midwest City, OK 73110-2799
(405) 733-7311

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Seminole State College

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2701 Boren Blvd
Seminole, OK 74868-1901
(405) 382-9950

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate
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