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Secondary Education Program Information

Program Information


Admission to Professional Education Unit (PEU):  All secondary education majors are required to be admitted to the Professional Education Unit prior to enrollment in the methods course (CIED 4713). This link provides access to the admission criteria.

Background Checks:  Prior to your first field-experience (typically CIED 3313: Field Experience in Secondary School you will submit for an OSBI Name-based background check.  Additionally, for Certification in the state of Oklahoma you will be required to submit for full federal background check, which includes fingerprinting.  For more information on either of these background checks including the cost see Kathy Boyer (405-744-6253 or 

Career Services:  Stillwater students should See Michele Crew in career services for help writing your resume, interviewing tips, job search techniques, etc.  Tulsa students should see

Field Experiences.  Secondary education majors are required to complete a variety of field experiences.  Each subject area program has unique experiences.

Foreign Language Requirement: Candidates admitted to the Professional Education Program must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language at the novice high level.  Proficiency may be documented by two years of high school in the same language with a grade of "B" or better, five college hours (or transcripted equivalent) with a grade of "C" or better, transfer proficiency from another Oklahoma Institution, or successfully complete an approved examination.

Portfolio:  The portfolio provides candidates with a personal tool for reflecting upon their teaching skills, knowledge and understandings. This portfolio is an edited collection of the teacher candidate's evidence of learning and professional growth and reflections representing progress through the entire professional education program. The portfolio will provide the basis for assessing the candidate's progress in, and completion of, the program. Upon graduation, the completed portfolio may be edited and used as a dossier to help the new teacher in placement interviews. The candidate will create the portfolio in LiveText, a web-based tool for storing, presenting, and assessing candidate data.  The candidate must make the portfolio available upon request for admission, prior to student teaching, at the completion of student teaching, or for program accreditation purposes.

Required Exams:  As a part of the secondary education program, students take 3 required exams.  This link provides details about each of these required exams.

Student Teaching Handbook:  At this link you will find a copy of the student teaching handbook and information on the intent to student teach meeting.

University Catalog Information regarding Professional Education