Teacher Certification


Contact Information

Office of Teacher Certification
2500 N. Lincoln Boulevard, #212
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105-4599

(405) 521-3337

The Office of Teacher Certification ensures that educators are properly credentialed and provides technical assistance to school districts, teachers, and college administrators regarding certification.
 
NOTE: Our phone line at (405) 521-3337 offers an automatic call-back feature. However, in order for that feature to work effectively, you must call from a phone that will dial you directly.      
 

Current Application Processing Timeline

As of November 1, 2022: Processing time is 2-4 weeks on all application types except for:

Alternative Evaluations: 4-6 weeks
Tier I and II paras: 4-6 weeks
Adjuncts: 4-6 weeks

 

 

 

 

Why teach?

Teach in Oklahoma

Here are some reasons why teachers say they choose this noblest of professions:

  • Make a difference in the life of a child
  • Ability to give endless possibilities for success
  • Reap daily rewards of joy
  • Opportunities to lead
  • Build stronger communities
  • 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

Announcements

Date Announcement

June 1, 2022

44 Praxis subject tests are now available to prospective teachers and current teachers. Click here for more information and to register. See the OSDE's news release on Praxis test availability here.

May 6, 2022

House Bill 3658 has been signed by the Governor. 

The bill eliminates the Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET) requirement for ALL certification pathways. 

This is effective IMMEDIATELY. 

 

All applications/forms/webpages will be updated shortly to reflect the change

May 6, 2022

Teachers have access to a pdf copy of their certificate/s via the OECS portal on Single Sign-On. To locate:

  • Log in to your OECS account
  • Click EDU-Educator
  • Click "View your credentials here" near the bottom of the screen
  • Click "Print History" tab on the left
  • Click VIEW under "Certificate Print History." Certificates (and other letters of communication) are listed in chronological order.

 

 

 

 

 

Date Announcement
March, 28, 2022

Test Retake Vouchers

Starting March 28, 2022, third-attempt retake vouchers will be provided at no cost to candidates who meet the following criteria:

  • Beginning with a March 28, 2022, or later test date, candidates who have taken the same CEOE test with the same test code twice and achieved a scaled score of 237, 238, or 239 on the first or second attempt will receive a test fee voucher to use for registering for a third attempt of that test.
  • Any test attempt prior to March 28, 2022, will not count toward a voucher. Each candidate is eligible for up to one voucher for each test; if they have already received a retake voucher for a specific test, they will not be eligible for another retake voucher for that same test.
  • Test fee vouchers will be emailed to eligible candidates up to two weeks after the release of their score for their second attempt. They do not need to contact Customer Service to request a voucher.

For more information please contact the Office of Educational Quality and Accountability @405-522-5399

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recorded Trainings

New SPED Microcredential: https://youtu.be/tG5S4kwFWHM

New Alternative Early Childhood and Elementary (go live date 6/17/22): https://youtu.be/8aWCh9fuwG8

New Online Adjunct Application process (go live 7/27/22): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPTlhFC8kp0

Updated Online Emergency Application process (go live 8/15/22): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hUlINwtR24

Teacher Certification Quick Links

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Background Checks & Fingerprinting

The Office of Teacher Certification is open during regular business hours Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. If you are arriving late in the day, please arrive by 4:15 p.m.

OSDE conducts live-scan fingerprinting Monday-Friday during regular business hours by appointment only. Appointments will be available in 10 minute increments Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.-4:10 p.m.

Note: If printing for dual or employment, you MUST bring your National Criminal History Record Check form with you to SDE at the time if printing as we will not be providing this form to you. If you do not bring this form, you will need to contact your district to have one sent over.

COVID-19 Protocols: We request that all non-vaccinated visitors wear masks while visiting OSDE.

Making an Appointment

All applicants must now pre-register on the IndentoGO website prior to being fingerprinted regardless if the printing is done at the Oklahoma State Dept. of Education or a satellite site. No unscheduled walk-ins will be allowed.

When registering on IndentoGO, applicants will be prompted to enter a service code on the Service Code Entry screen. Find the correct service code for your needs below.

Role Service Code
Teacher Certification 2B7KS5
School District Employment 2B7KRR
Dual Processing (only available at OSDE) 2B7KTN

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: If you are scheduled under the incorrect service code, we will reschedule your appointment and try to fingerprint you the same day, if time allows.

After registering on IndentoGO, the site will provide a registration ID number. All applicants must provide this registration ID number in order to get fingerprinted.

Make an Appointment

Payment

Please note that cash payments are NOT accepted.

Effective September1, 2022 the $57.25 fee for the certification and employment background checks increased to $58.25. Please continue to make checks payable to Idemia.

Note: OSDE no longer processes physical fingerprint cards for the $58.25 payment option at our site for any purposes. All cards completed with the $58.25 payment option should be sent directly to IdentoGO by the applicant. Instructions on how to do so are provided on the IdentoGO website. OSDE still offers the $45 OSBI employment background check option. Please continue to send those to the OSDE.

Arriving Late

If you arrive late for your appointment, we will fingerprint you when the next 10 minute block becomes available. If there are no other openings before 4:10 p.m., you may come back at 4 p.m. or reschedule.

Dual Processing

Senate Bill 29 (effective July 1, 2017) alleviates the fingerprinting process for new school district employees that meet the following criteria...; "provided that a board of education shall not be required to obtain a new criminal history record check for an individual who has obtained certification from the State Department of Education within the previous twelve (12) months."

What this means:
A school district that hires a new employee who has been certified for the first time in Oklahoma within 12 months of their hire date does not have to conduct a new background check on the employee.

Furthermore, OSDE will no longer be allowed to disseminate the results of certification background checks to public school districts (commonly referred to as dual results) except for the following conditions; if the applicant wishes to be fingerprinted for both certification and employment, this must be made known at the time they are fingerprinted.

The applicant must provide a completed Application for National Criminal History Record Check along with their fingerprints. This process can only be completed by visiting OSDE in person or by mailing in fingerprint cards with the completed National Criminal History Record Check form from the district.

Questions?

Contact (405) 521-3337 and ask to be transferred to fingerprinting office.

 

Guidance

 

Important News & Updates

School Counselor Candidates
The PPAT is not required for school counselor certification. A new alternative assessment for school counselor candidates only is currently in the works. Since the new assessment is not yet ready, the OPTE will be made available to school counselor candidates only during two testing windows in Spring 2022.

 

Register here

Paraprofessional Credentials in OECS
Paraprofessional credentials have been added to OECS. District superintendents and human resources staff will now be able to recommend paraprofessional candidates for Tier 1 and Tier 2 Paraprofessional credentials. Districts can begin the recommendation process by clicking on the "Manage Your Paraprofessional Recommendations" within OECS. Once the educator is recommended, the educator will be able to apply online using their recommendation tile.
House Bill 3398
House Bill 3398 is in effect. This bill requires that any teacher who does not have a background check on file with OSDE to obtain one before qualifying to renew their certificate. It also mandates that any school district employee hired prior to July 1, 2020, who does not have a background check on file with OSDE must obtain one by June 30, 2022. School administrators and human resource staff now have a tab on their OECS dashboard that allows them to view all certified and support staff within their districts who do not have a background check on file with the OSDE.
Expired Certificates
If a standard certificate has been expired for one year or more, the applicant must undergo a new criminal history record check. The applicant is responsible for any fees associated with the criminal history record check.
Senate Bill 711
Senate Bill 711 (effective July 1, 2015) requires that school districts communicate with the Oklahoma State Board of Education when a teacher is terminated or resigns due to allegations of sexual misconduct. View Senate Bill 711 guidance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Last updated on November 2, 2022