Teacher Certification

Teach in Oklahoma
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.

Important Certification Notices

In December 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law, replacing the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). As a result of this action, Oklahoma has been afforded a transition year for the 2016-17 school year while ESSA guidelines are established. Please follow the links below for guidance on how regular education and special education teaching assignments should be made for this school year.

Other Notices








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 August 24, 2016