Certification - College of Education

Certification Pathways

Oklahoma law requires that all teachers, counselors, reading specialists, library media specialists, and administrators be appropriately certified to work in Oklahoma schools. Education candidates may pursue certification primarily through two pathways: University Recommendation and Alternative Certification. Requirements differ according to the candidate's background and experiences.

Teacher education candidates are required to complete three state certification exams:

  • Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET)
  • Oklahoma Subject Area Test (OSAT)
  • Oklahoma Professional Teaching Examination (OPTE)

These exams are administered by the Certification Exams for Oklahoma Educators (CEOE). Identify the specific tests you need to take at CEOE Tests, and select the specific test to see the test fees. The costs for testing are not included in NSU tuition or fees and will have to be paid out-of-pocket by the teacher candidate.

Contact Mrs. Lois Buttress, Northeastern State University's Certification Coordinator with questions about certification and certification exams at 918-444-3702 or buttress@nsuok.edu


University Recommendation

Initial Certification

At Northeastern State University, all teacher education programs are aligned with the Oklahoma General Competencies for Licensure and Certification and the specific subject area competencies identified for each content area. In addition, programs are aligned with national competencies to provide candidates with the maximum flexibility for licensure in other states.

As candidates progress through programs, they complete key assessments and clinical field work to ensure they have the knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions needed to ensure that all students learn. At key transition points, candidates complete their portfolios and pass certification tests so that they are eligible for certification upon graduation. In addition to the degree, portfolio and certification test requirements, all candidates must clear an Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation background check.

Information about certification procedures are shared with teacher candidates at key points throughout the program.

Online Teacher Certification System and Information

Applying for an Oklahoma Teaching Certificate

Initial CERTIFICATION process made quick and simple!

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Post-Baccalaureate Initial Certification

NSU is pleased to assist those who may have earned a non-teaching degree and decide to seek certification. These candidates can often fulfill certification requirements in 18 months or less, depending on the certification area and original degree. A transcript analysis will reveal course work and requirements needed to be a highly qualified and fully prepared teacher. Those degreed individuals interested in seeking certification should contact the Certification Coordinator, Mrs. Lois Buttress at 918-444-3702 or buttress@nsuok.edu

Advanced Certification

Practitioners who already hold an initial teaching certificate may seek certification as a reading specialist, library media specialist, school counselor or school administrator (principal or superintendent). Candidates for these advanced certifications complete requirements as they progress through a master's program or if they hold a master's degree, may seek certification only. All programs are aligned with state and national requirements.

Course Catalog

Alternative Certification

The Alternative Placement Program is offered through the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE). Information may be found on the OSDE website.

Early childhood, elementary, and special education are not options under the Alternative Placement Program.

Please be aware that alternative certification in Oklahoma may not transport across state lines. Check with the receiving state for more information.

For more information about alternative certification, contact NSU's Certification Coordinator, Mrs. Lois Buttress at 918-444-3702 or buttress@nsuok.edu.

State contact for alternative certification:

Oklahoma State Department of Education
Teacher Certification Section, Room 212
2500 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105-4599
Phone: 405-521-3337
Website: http://sde.ok.gov/