Teacher Certification

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Why teach?
Here are some reasons why teachers say they choose this noblest of professions:
  1. Make a difference in the life of a child
  2. Ability to give endless possibilities for success
  3. Reap daily rewards of joy
  4. Opportunities to lead
  5. Build stronger communities
  6. Share a passion for learning
Take it from one of Oklahoma's best teachers:

"Teaching is one of the most challenging careers; yet it is one of the most important professions. Being a teacher is about making positive, lasting impressions and indelible marks. Creating the foundation for my students that will build the rest of their lives upon is an honor. Without teachers there would be no other profession."

-Mara Richards
Durant Middle School
2014 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year finalist

The Teacher Certification office ensures that educators are properly credentialed and provides technical assistance to school districts, teachers, and college administrators regarding certification.

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NOTICE: In December 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law replacing the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001. As a result, the designations and requirements of Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) and High Objective Uniform State Standard of Evaluation (HOUSSE) have been eliminated effective immediately.

Please keep in mind, however, that Oklahoma certification laws and requirements remain intact and must be followed. Continue to refer to the Certification Guide for School Staff Assignments as the benchmark for assigning classes to your staff http://sde.ok.gov/sde/documents/2012-02-02/certification-guide-school-staff-assignments. The only difference now is that you will no longer need to ensure the teacher meets highly qualified status. More guidance will follow as the details on any new requirements become clearer in the future.









Further Services

Highly Qualified Teacher (HOUSSE)
Resources on the requirement that teachers be highly qualified who teach a core academic subject.

National Board Certification (NBPTS)
Resources on how to become NBPTS certified

Further Resources
Miscellaneous information and forms provided for administrators and teachers on topics of certification






Last updated on July 18, 2016