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Teacher Development Academy

The Teacher Development Academy 2.0 (TDA@OCU) is a 18-day program for emergency and alternative certified teachers in Oklahoma to provide Classroom Management and Pedagogy courses required by the Oklahoma State Department of Education for certification as well as a third course, Teaching Diverse Learners. Completion of these three courses will earn teachers the Reaching and Teaching All Learners microcredential through the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Ed.

  • TDA@OCU will run weekdays, July 1 through 26, 2024, with July 4 & 5 and weekends off
  • Classes meet 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily with a one-hour lunch break
  • The cost is FREE to qualifying teachers. Participants must complete the 2024 FAFSA to determine financial eligibility. 
  • For those who are ineligible for federal funding, the cost is $2,624, which covers tuition for 9-credit hours, course text and materials*
  • We are partnering with Oklahoma Educators Credit Union, which is offering low interest continuing education loans to qualifying participants

*TDA@OCU will offer additional support to Academy participants in the fall or spring semester for eight weeks as they work to complete the Praxis Performance Assessment for Teachers (PPAT).

Ready to sign up? Complete this registration form

Please note: enrollment is capped at 32 participants; however, there will be a waiting list if necessary.

Do you have questions about the program? Contact TDA Director, Dr. Heather Sparks at [email protected] or call 405-208-5935.

What courses are included in the Teacher Development Academy?

The TDA@OCU will include 3 three-hour graduate-level courses, GRED 5113 Teaching Diverse Learners, GRED 6523 Classroom Management and Collaboration, and GRED 6323 Teaching Methods Across the Curriculum.

What if I only need one of the courses offered?

The TDA@OCU will be integrating the two courses within the program, so you will need to enroll in both courses to receive the special tuition rate.

What are the actual dates of the program?

TDA@OCU will be held on the following dates: July 1-3, 8-12, 15-19, and 22-26, 2024.

How many hours of "seat time" will the TDA@OCU offer?

TDA@OCU will include 135 hours of seat time.

What if I need to miss a day of the program?

We understand that summer schedules offer challenges but expect program participants to be present for all 18 days of the program. If an emergency arises and you must miss all or part of a day, you will be provided a make-up assignment.

Where will the program be held?

TDA@OCU will meet in Walker Center, home of the Petree College of Arts & Sciences, located at NW 25th and Florida Avenue on the OCU campus in Oklahoma City.

Do I need to enroll at OCU to participate?

Yes, all participants of TDA@OCU will enroll as non-degree seeking graduate students. You will receive instructions on how to enroll once you complete the registration form.

What will I need to enroll?

You will need a copy of your unofficial college transcript(s).


Dr. Heather Sparks
Program Director
[email protected]
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