Education  

Secondary and PK–12 (pre-kindergarten through grade 12) education is a competency-based licensure option for students majoring in a discipline certified to be taught in the public schools. These majors can add teacher licensure to their degree by gaining admittance to the teacher education program, completing the required courses in professional education as well as a major in the discipline, and successfully passing the three certification examinations for Oklahoma licensure/certification.

Oklahoma teacher certification is a competency-based program with competency examinations in general education (Oklahoma General Education Test—OGET), professional education (Oklahoma Professional Teaching examination—OPTE), and the student’s discipline or area of study (Oklahoma Subject Area Test—OSAT ). In addition, the student’s competency is assessed by a portfolio demonstrating knowledge of students, teaching, and learning articulated through the Oklahoma General Competencies for Licensure and certification adopted by the Oklahoma State Board of Education as required by House Bill 1549.

Teacher education programs are developed in accordance with Oklahoma State laws and therefore are subject to change. Students are advised to consult with their education advisor concerning requirements or any change in requirements that may occur. Grades of D or F in major requirements are not acceptable and must be retaken.

Areas of specialization for secondary certification:


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ENGLISH

SECONDARY ENGLISH  LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION AREAS:

4050 Grammar/composition and communication, American literature, English literature, and world literature (OSAT–07)

Professional Education Credit Hours: 25

EDUC 2001 Introduction to Teaching 1
EDUC 3103 Human Development 3
EDUC 3113 Psychology & Assessment of Learning 3
EDUC 3213 Students with Exceptionalities 3
EDUC 4233 Methods of Teaching English 3
EDUC 4663 Student Teaching Seminar 3
EDUC 4339 Student Teaching K-12 9

To be able to take Methods, Student Teaching, and Student Teaching Seminar, students must be fully admitted to the teacher education program.

Specialized Education—Major Requirements

Oklahoma teacher certification is a competency-based program. Students meet the competencies in their discipline as they complete the major requirements for their degrees. See the English section of the catalog for any other major requirements.

English/Education Double Major (B.A.)

General Education: Students preparing for teacher certification must take ENGL 2073 World Literature to fulfill the general education literature requirement and must meet the service-learning requirement in an English course.

Competency Requirement: English/education students must demonstrate competency in standard English grammar and usage in one of the following ways:

  • Making a grade of C or higher in Advanced Grammar (ENGL 3203)
  • Making a grade of C or higher in Applications of Writing in Tutoring (ENGL 2043)
  • Passing GramTest at a level of 70 percent or higher

Required English Courses Credit Hours: 34

Required Courses: 19

ENGL 1061 English Orientation 1
ENGL 2303 Critical Reading and Writing 3
ENGL 3213 Linguistics 3
ENGL 3233 Survey of British Literature I 3
ENGL 3243 Survey of British Literature II 3
ENGL 4663 Seminar in Literature: Literature for Adolescents 3
ENGL 4762 Senior Seminar (spring of junior year) 2
ENGL 4761 Senior Project (fall of senior year) 1

Other requirements: 6

ENGL 3003 Survey of American Literature I or
ENGL 3103 Survey of American Literature II or
ENGL 3133 Survey of American Literature III 3
One other 3000- or 4000-level American literature course 3

Writing courses: 6

Choose two courses from the following:

ENGL 3063 Creative Writing
ENGL 3093 Advanced Writing
ENGL 3123 Writing for Stage and Screen
ENGL 3223 Technical and Business Writing

Rhetoric course: 3

Choose one from the following:

ENGL 2613 Histories and Theories of Rhetoric
ENGL 3323 Cyberliteracy
ENGL 4323 Visual Rhetoric and Information Design

MATH

MATHEMATICS/EDUCATION DOUBLE MAJOR (B.S.)

Specialized Education Major Requirements Credit Hours: 37

Prerequisite Courses or Competencies:

MATH 1303 Intermediate Algebra: 3
MATH 1503 College Algebra: 3
MATH 1602 Trigonometry: 2
MATH 2004 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I: 4
MATH 2104 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II: 4
MATH 2203 Calculus III: 3

Specific Requirements in Mathematics: 9

MATH 3003 Linear Algebra: 3
MATH 3103 Algebraic Structures I: 3
MATH 3603 Advanced Calculus I: 3

Specific Requirements in Physics: 10

PHYS 2104 University Physics I: 4
PHYS 2141 University Physics I Lab: 1
PHYS 2204 University Physics II: 4
PHYS 2241 University Physics II Lab: 1

Specific Requirements for Education Majors: 15

(All mathematics education majors must take the five courses listed below.)

MATH 1213 Basic Concepts for the Understanding of Geometry: 3
MATH 3203 Probability and Statistics I: 3
MATH 3403 Numerical Methods: 3
MATH 3503 Discrete Mathematics: 3
MATH 3703 Advanced Geometry: 3

Competency Requirements for Math Education: 3

All mathematics/education double majors must complete the Mathematics Major Exit Exam and the Capstone MATH 4993 Capstone in Mathematics: 3

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION COURSES

EDUC Intro to Teaching 2001 
EDUC Child Development 2103 
EDUC Psychology and Assessment 3113 
EDUC The Exceptional Child 4123 
ELED Ele. Techniques, Classroom Mgmt. 4513 
ELED Student Teaching in Elementary 4639 
EDUC Contemporary Iss.& Cul. of Educ. 4663

SCIENCE

CHEMISTRY REQUIREMENTS

CHEMISTRY (B.S.)

Major Requirements Credit Hours: 55

27 credit hours are required in chemistry courses above the 1000 level.

Required Courses in Chemistry: 37

CHEM 1104 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 1141 General Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 1204 General Chemistry II 4
CHEM 1241 General Chemistry II Lab 1
CHEM 2303 Quantitative Analysis 3
CHEM 2342 Quantitative Analysis Lab 2
CHEM 3103 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 3203 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 3242 Organic Chemistry Lab 2
CHEM 3503 Physical Chemistry I 3
CHEM 3541 Physical Chemistry Lab 1
CHEM 3603 Physical Chemistry II 3
CHEM 3714 General Biochemistry 4
CHEM 4862 Chemistry Capstone 2
CHEM 4991 Chemistry Research 1

Required Math Courses: 8

MATH 2004 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 4
MATH 2104 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II 4
Required Physics Courses 10
PHYS 2104 University Physics I 4
PHYS 2141 University Physics I Lab 1
PHYS 2204 University Physics II 4
PHYS 2241 University Physics II Lab 1

Professional Education Courses 

EDUC Intro to Teaching 2001 
EDUC Child Development 2103 
EDUC Psychology and Assessment 3113 
EDUC The Exceptional Child 4123 
ELED Ele. Techniques, Classroom Mgmt. 4513 
ELED Student Teaching in Elementary 4639 
EDUC Contemporary Iss.& Cul. of Educ. 4663 

BIOLOGY AND CHEMISTRY REQUIREMENTS

BIOLOGY (B.S.)

Major Requirements Credit Hours: 57

Required Biology Hours: 19

BIOL 1101 Orientation to Biology 1
BIOL 1214 Fundamentals of Biology 4
BIOL 2214 General Botany 4
BIOL 2414 General Zoology 4
BIOL 3114 General Microbiology 4
BIOL 4502 Biology Capstone 2

Elective biology hours: 21

Select from the following, including 2 to 6 credit hours in BIOL-prefix Directed Study, Research, or Internship courses.

BIOL 3003 Genetics 3
BIOL 3041 Genetics Laboratory 1
BIOL 3113 Histology 3
BIOL 3214 Comparative Anatomy 4
BIOL 3314 Principles of Ecology 4
BIOL 3414 Comparative Physiology 4
BIOL 3514 Cell Biology 4
BIOL 3714 General Biochemistry 4
BIOL 3814 Developmental Biology 4
BIOL 3914 Plant Systematics 4
BIOL 4114 Animal Behavior 4
BIOL 4214 Molecular Biology 4
BIOL 4314 Pathogenic Microbiology and Immunology 4
BIOL 4403 Advanced Biochemistry 3
BIOL 3851-8 Directed Study 1-8
BIOL 4881-8 Internship 1-8
BIOL 4991-8 Research 1-8

Required Ancillary Hours: 17 (18)

CHEM 1104 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 1141 General Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 1204 General Chemistry II 4
CHEM 1241 General Chemistry II Lab 1
CHEM 3103 Organic Chemistry I 3
PHYS 1503 General Physics I or 3
PHYS 2104 University Physics I (4)
PHYS 1541 General Physics I Lab or 1
PHYS 2141 University Physics I Lab (1)

Professional Education Courses 

EDUC Intro to Teaching 2001 
EDUC Child Development 2103 
EDUC Psychology and Assessment 3113 
EDUC The Exceptional Child 4123 
ELED Ele. Techniques, Classroom Mgmt. 4513 
ELED Student Teaching in Elementary 4639 
EDUC Contemporary Iss.& Cul. of Educ. 4663 

SOCIAL STUDIES

HISTORY (B.A.)

Major requirements Credit Hours: 36

Required courses:

HIST 1003 United States History to 1876 3
HIST 1103 United States History Since 1876 3
HIST 1203 World Civilization to 1500 3
HIST 1303 World Civilization Since 1500 3
HIST 2203 Historiography 3
HIST 4363 Senior Capstone 3
HIST 4893 Senior Research Project 3

Electives:

15 hours selected from the courses listed below, including one 4000-level seminar:

HIST 1413 Survey of Asian History and Politics 3
HIST 2003 History of Women in the United States 3
HIST 2103 Issues in Women’s Studies 3
HIST 2403 Ancient Cultures 3
HIST 2413 Popular Culture in America 3
HIST 2503 Ancient Greece 3
HIST 2513 Survey of Nineteenth-Century Europe 3
HIST 2613 Survey of Twentieth-Century Europe 3
HIST 2713 Regional Geography 3
HIST 3103 Chinese History to 1911 3
ASTD 3113 Modern China 3
HIST 3203 Japanese History to the Twentieth Century 3
HIST 3313 Modern Southeast Asia 3
HIST 3703* Oklahoma and the Southwest 3
HIST 4103 Social History of the United States 3
HIST 4113 History of Warfare 3
HIST 4403 Modern United States Diplomatic History 3
HIST 4703 American Biographies 3
HIST 4713 America in the Middle East 3

Seminars:

HIST 4063 Seminar in American History 3
HIST 4163 Seminar in Non-American History 3
HIST 4263 Topics in History 3
HIST 4851-3 Directed Reading 1-3
HIST 4991-6 Independent Study 1-6

Recommended Courses:

French, Spanish, German, or Chinese courses leading to a reading facility.

*History, political science, and history/political science majors who are pursuing teacher certification are required to take the following courses in addition to the requirements for history, political
science, and history/political science majors.

HIST 2713 Regional Geography
HIST 3703 Oklahoma and the Southwest
ECON 3313 Macroeconomics
SOC 2013 Introduction to Sociology

Professional Education Courses: 

EDUC Intro to Teaching 2001 
EDUC Child Development 2103 
EDUC Psychology and Assessment 3113 
EDUC The Exceptional Child 4123 
ELED Ele. Techniques, Classroom Mgmt. 4513 
ELED Student Teaching in Elementary 4639 
EDUC Contemporary Iss.& Cul. of Educ. 4663

SPEECH/DRAMA/DEBATE

Please contact these specific departments to learn more about their certification processes.