Oklahoma Teacher Certification Application Information and Instructions
To be eligible for recommendation by the Certification Office, students completing a bachelor’s degree, a post baccalaureate certification or a Master of Science in Special Education degree must graduate and have their degree posted to their WGU transcript.
Students who are pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching degree must have marks of "passed” on their Degree Plan for all teacher preparation assessments to include any program required Praxis exams as well as all state required exams.
Oklahoma accepts direct applications for licensure from those graduating from an out-of-state, approved teacher or administrator preparation program like those offered at WGU. Follow the steps below to prepare your application for Oklahoma licensure.
Step 1: If you have not already done so, you need to obtain a background check for teacher certification through the Oklahoma State Board of Education. Instructions on how to get your fingerprints taken and submitted, as well as how to pay for the background check are available on the Application for National Criminal History Record Check. You must have a cleared background check on file at OSBE before you will be granted a teaching license. You can find more information about backround checks for a teaching certificate here.
Step 2: Request official transcripts in sealed envelopes from every college you have attended. Two copies of your final WGU transcript will be sent to you along with your diploma upon graduation. If you would like to order additional transcripts, see WGU Transcript Request. Do not request a transcript until you have received notice of graduation, so that your graduation date will appear on your transcript. MAT students may request a transcript after completing the teacher preparation portion of their MAT program. Be sure to leave your transcripts in the sealed envelopes to be included with your application packet.
Step 3: Download and complete the Application for Oklahoma School Certificate. Page 2 of the application indicates you must include an out-of-state teaching certificate. The form referenced in Step 4 will be submitted in the place of this teaching certificate.
Step 4: Download the "Verification of State-Approved Teacher Education Program from Non-Oklahoma College/ University" form and fill in the top portion of the form with your personal information. Send the partially completed form to the WGU Certification Officer at the contact information below, who will fill out the remainder of the form and submit it directly to the Okalhoma State Department of Education on your behalf. Fax and email submissions are preferred; email attachments should be in PDF format.
Note: If you are a Master of Arts in Teaching student applying for certification at the completion of your Demonstration Teaching, prior to graduating from your program, write to firstname.lastname@example.org and request a letter verifying your program completion from the Certification Officer.
Step 6: Compile your application packet:
1. Completed application form,
2. Official transcripts from all colleges/ universities attended,
3. CEOE score report documenting passing scores on all required exams,
4. Application fee in the form of a check, cashier's check, or money order made payable to the Oklahoma State Department of Education. You can see the cost of licenses here.
Step 7: Mail your complete application packet to:
Oklahoma State Department of Education
Teacher Certification Section
2500 North Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105-4599
Article Number : 20046, 1397