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Non-Traditional Route to Special Education Teacher Certification


OSDE Boot Camp Dates

2020-2021 Sessions:

  • No class scheduled at this time.

In addition to the OSDE Boot Camp, universities are also providing 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.

The State Board of Education will issue a one-year provisional certificate to teach in the area of mild-moderate or severe-profound disabilities grades PK-12. The teacher may renew the certificate two more times if the individual has completed at least six credit hours in a non-traditional route to certification program or toward a master’s degree in special education.

OSDE Boot Camp Candidates

Note: Once you have a Boot Camp Letter of Completion, complete the Provisional Certificate Application to receive your Provisional Certificate.

Contact Information:

Jill Hilst
Professional Development Specialist
Jill.Hilst@sde.ok.gov

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

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

  • Have earned any four-year degree from an Institution of Higher Education holding Regional Accreditation
  • Have a Grade Point Average of 2.75 or higher from a previous degree program
  • Have a recommendation from a representative at a school district or Institution of Higher Education
  • Pass a National Background Check
  • Commit to complete a Master’s Degree or Certification in Special Education

Candidates who meet the above criteria and are interested in obtaining a non-traditional special education certification may submit an application to the State Department of Education. Candidates must then complete a 150-hour program that includes 120 hours of special education training known as “Boot Camp” and 30 hours of field experience. Candidates must pass all 3 certification exams (OPTE, OGET and OSAT) before applying for a standard teaching certificate in special education.

Non-Traditional Route Legislative Links

Research Analysis

The conference committee substitute requires the State Board of Education to issue a one-year provisional certificate to teach in the area of mild-moderate or severe-profound disabilities. Candidates must have been recommended by a board of education or an accredited institution of higher education, completed a 150-hour special education program and have a national criminal history record check. The teacher may renew the certificate two more times if the teacher has completed at least six credit hours in a  certification program or toward a master's degree in special education. The State Board of Education must issue a standard certificate to any individual who has been issued one or more provisional certificates, completes coursework for alternative certification or a master's degree within three years of issuance of the original provisional certificate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Last updated on January 15, 2021