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Student Teaching

Criteria for Admission into Student Teaching

  • Achievement of a grade-point average of 2.75 in Professional Education courses (Educ 1101, 2103, 3171, 3713, 3733, 4013, and methods courses).
  • Achievement of a grade-point average of 2.75 in major.
  • A 2.50 grade-point average in 90 semester hours of academic coursework prior to application.
  • Satisfactory completion of all field experience associated with education courses.
  • Achievement of at least a “C” in all courses in teaching methods.
  • Satisfactory review of Professional Portfolio by Education adviser.
  • Evidence of field experience with culturally diverse students.
  • Signed statement of knowledge of and compliance with pertinent State laws.
  • Recommendation of the subject area adviser and Education adviser.
  • Recommendation of the Director of the Department of Education.

In addition to meeting the above criteria, transfer students and students with baccalaureate degrees seeking certification must have completed eight hours at The University of Tulsa, including a course in professional education and a course in their teaching field.

Student Teaching Placement

For first semester placement in student teaching, students should make formal application by March 1 of their junior year. For second-semester placement, application should be made by October 1 of the senior year. Application forms, available in the Department of Education, third floor of Chapman Hall, should be completed with the assistance of an education adviser and filed with the Coordinator of Field Experiences following the orientation meeting at the beginning of each semester. Placement and university supervisors are confirmed in the second orientation meeting during the last week of classes of each semester. Senior transfer students and students with baccalaureate degrees seeking certification should apply immediately after their admission to the university.

Professional Examinations

Students completing programs in elementary education, deaf education, music education, exercise and sports education, art, English, foreign languages, math, sciences, speech and drama, and social studies may apply to the state of Oklahoma for the alternative route to certification.

Prospective teachers in Oklahoma must pass the Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET), the appropriate Oklahoma Subject Area Test (OSAT), and the Oklahoma Professional Teaching Examination (OPTE) to be eligible for licensure/certification. Complete information and registration bulletins are available from the Department of Education.