Non-Traditional Route to Special Education Teacher Certification

OSDE Boot Camp Dates

2021-2022 Sessions:

August 1, 2021 - September 25, 2021.

In addition to the OSDE (state) and district-level boot camps, universities also provide boot camps.

If you are interested in attending a boot camp at a university, please see the list of participating universities.

Contact the university you are interested in attending for specific details.

Boot Camp is the most well-known option for provisional certification. Oklahoma has three attendance options: state-level, district-level, and higher education programs.

Contact Information:

Teacher Certification: (405)521-3337
Special Education: (405)521-3351

This program is designed for candidates who meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a four-year degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
  • Grade point average of 2.75 or higher from a previous degree program.
  • A recommendation from a representative at a school district or institution of higher education.
  • Pass a National Background Check.
  • Commit to continued education at a master's degree level.

Candidates who meet the above criteria and are interested in obtaining a non-traditional special education certification apply to the State Department of Education when cohorts are available. Space is limited, and acceptance into the boot camp program is not guaranteed. OSDE Boot Camp Candidate Application

Candidates complete a 150-hour program that includes 120 hours of special education classroom training, maintaining an 80% average with mandatory onsite attendance for up to five Saturday classes (OSDE) and 30 hours of field experience.

Candidates must also pass all 3 certification exams (OPTE, OGET, and OSAT) before applying for a standard teaching certificate in special education.


Requirements and Renewal

Once you have a Boot Camp Letter of Completion, complete the Provisional Certificate Application to apply for your provisional certificate.

The one-year provisional state-issued certification may be renewed for two (2) additional periods of one year each upon proof from an accredited college/university six (6) credit hours of prescribed coursework toward a master’s degree in special education has completed

District-Level Boot Programs

Districts, use boot camp as a recruiting tool! You now have the freedom to hire, train, and support the best teachers when you need them.


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Last updated on September 10, 2021