April 18, 2018

Oklahoma Teacher Certification

Average Teacher Salary: $38,772
Average State Salary for All Jobs: $34,920

Coursework and Preparation Programs You’ll Need:

You’ll need a Bachelor’s Degree before you can teach in Oklahoma schools. There are no special undergraduate coursework requirements in individual subject areas for Oklahoma teacher certification. You will, however, need to complete an Oklahoma-approved teacher preparation program.
For a list of alternative teacher certification programs, see the
Oklahoma Non-Traditional Teacher Licensure Program:

American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence

The Oklahoma Department of Education recognizes the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) as a certification body for teachers. Find out more at this Web site:
Become a Teacher in Oklahoma:


For teacher certification in Oklahoma, you’ll need to take the following tests:
The Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET)
The Oklahoma Subject Area Tests (OSAT)
The Oklahoma Professional Teaching Exam (OPTE)
For more information on these tests, see the following Web site:
Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation Official Site:

Reciprocity Agreements

The State of Oklahoma has reciprocity agreements to accept teaching credentials from most other states.

Facts about Oklahoma Teacher Certification

Differential pay support is available for teachers in high needs subject areas.
After teaching in Oklahoma for three years, a teacher becomes eligible for tenure.

For Further Information

You can contact the Oklahoma State Department of Education about teacher certification at this address:
Oklahoma State Department of Education
2500 North Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105-4599
Or you can call at (405) 521-3301.

In addition, the following official Web sites have information about the Oklahoma teacher certification process:

Oklahoma State Department of Education:

Oklahoma Teachers: