Special Education Guidance


For the 2016-2017 school year, identified by the U.S. Department of Education as a “transition year” for states as they move from NCLB to ESSA requirements, teachers who are certified in special education may be approved to serve as the teacher of record for grade purposes in early childhood or elementary education by either passing the appropriate Oklahoma Subject Area Test (OSAT) or fulfilling HOUSSE requirements.   

For secondary coursework (grades 7-12 math/grades 9-12 all other subjects), special education teachers must be certified in special education and hold appropriate subject certification or fulfill HOUSSE requirements to be the teacher of record. Secondary teachers who provide instruction to Oklahoma Alternate Assessment Program (OAAP) students should be certified in special education and approved as an Elementary or Early Childhood teacher as stated above (by either passing the appropriate OSAT or fulfilling HOUSSE requirements. Special education teachers who are not approved to serve as a teacher of record may still serve as co-teachers. If you have questions, please contact Todd Loftin in the Special Education division at todd.loftin@sde.ok.gov or (405) 522-3237.

Last updated on August 24, 2016