Teacher licensure and certification in Oklahoma operates on a competency-based system. This means that in addition to teacher education programs, you’ll be required to pass competency examinations to become an educator in Oklahoma. You can become traditionally educated, or you can pursue certification through alternative means.

Through the traditional method of teacher certification in Oklahoma, you will be required to complete a teacher education program in the state. This includes a bachelor’s degree and specific training and education in the field of teaching. Once you’ve completed your education, you will also need to prove that you are skilled enough to teach by passing Oklahoma’s required competency examinations. Transferring your credentials from another state to Oklahoma is easy. Essentially, if you have a full teaching credential in any state, you are eligible for certification in equivalent subject areas. You may also be eligible due to an interstate contract that provides Oklahoma with reciprocity among other states. Out of state teachers may qualify under additional situations as well, generally those that require previous experience. Teachers who are certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards will be issued a standard certificate immediately. If you are a teacher coming from a foreign country, Ohio requires that you have your transcripts and credentials analyzed by an evaluation service. This will be a course-by-course evaluation. All new teachers in Oklahoma will need to provide a current criminal history record from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation as well as a fingerprint background check.

Oklahoma does not have any exceptionally large school districts, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have a hard time finding employment in the state. In fact, Oklahoma has about 530 different school districts. You can find large population groups in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Norman, and Lawton. If you’re looking for a teaching job in Oklahoma, you should visit Oklahoma Teaching Jobs, an employment site operated by the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

Once you have received a license to teach in Oklahoma, you will be expected to complete a specific amount of professional education. The amount varies by your position and licensure level, but the state offers a variety of options for development through their Oklahoma Professional Development Centers.

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