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Oklahoma State University

Elementary Education Certifications

Based on law 70 O.S. § 6-180 et. seq., effective September 1, 1999, Oklahoma’s teacher licensure and certification is competency-based.  Competency for initial licensure in elementary education at Oklahoma State University can be met through one of the following routes.

Option 1:   Initial Certification at the Undergraduate Level

At the undergraduate level, initial certification in elementary education (grades 1-8) can be obtained by majoring in Elementary Education.  Below you will find links to the degree sheet and the 4 year degree plan.

•    Degree Sheet 
•    4 year plan

Option 2:  Add on Elementary Education Certification

This option is for those who already hold an Oklahoma Teaching Certificate and wish to add on elementary certification.  Click here for more details.  Only those individuals who have completed a university teacher preparation program may add certification in elementary education.

Option 3:  Initial Certification at the Master’s Level

This option is for those who already have a Bachelors degree but have never obtained teacher certification and wish to seek initial certification in elementary education.  This option would lead to both initial certification in elementary education and a master’s degree in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership.  For specific requirements for this option, see the 2nd page of the degree sheet. Additionally, individuals seeking initial certification at the graduate level must meet a foreign language requirement and content course requirements. 

Recommendations for Certificate or Additional Certification Areas

Application information for an Oklahoma certificate can be obtained in the Office of Professional Education, 325 Willard. Candidates seeking advisement concerning teacher certificates can be assisted by the teacher certification specialist in the Office of Professional Education. Oklahoma State University does not make a recommendation for a certificate or additional certification area until all criteria have been met for the Professional Education program and a passing score has been achieved on the Certification Examinations for Oklahoma
Educators (CEOE). Applicants recommended by Oklahoma State University for a certificate or additional area of certification must have achieved grades of "P" in all sections of clinical practice. For more information, contact Kathy Boyer (405-744-6253 or kathy.boyer@okstate.edu).