The Department of Education offers bachelor’s degree programs that lead to careers in K-12 teaching, as well as master’s degree programs for those interested in pursuing or advancing their careers as teachers, policymakers and researchers. The department offers a curriculum that is founded in the arts and sciences and integrated with education courses, field and clinical experiences and content specialization programs that draw upon the expertise of faculty from other disciplines such as deaf education, exercise and sports science, instrumental and vocal music education and foreign languages. The education curriculum is designed to prepare teaching professionals.
The mission of the Department of Education is to offer a state-of-the-art program for students seeking careers in our nation’s schools. The department fulfills this mission by providing academic opportunities that produce transformative professional educators who are:
- Experts in subject matter and pedagogy;
- Experts in child and adolescent development;
- Equipped to advance every child’s learning amid the social, economic and cultural diversity of our classrooms and communities;
- Committed to educational inquiry and lifelong professional learning;
- Firm believers in public education as a crucial element of a just and vibrant democracy
On June 23, 2017, the Office of Educational Quality and Accountability (OEQA), which is the state accrediting body for education programs in Oklahoma, revoked the accreditation of the education programs at The University of Tulsa. This decision removes the authority of the department of education at TU to recommend its graduates for teacher certification in Oklahoma. As a consequence of the OEQA decision, The University of Tulsa was notified on May 30, 2018 that the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) also revoked the TU’s Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) accreditation. However, these decisions do not affect the university’s ability to award degrees in education. Students who complete any of the teacher preparation programs at TU can seek teacher certification through one of the alternate routes to certification. Faculty in the programs can help students with this process.
The university is aggressively seeking to regain state accreditation. The program submitted its initial application for eligibility to OEQA on April 9, 2018 and had a site visit on May 10, 2018 to investigate its readiness to apply for reaccreditation. On August 15, 2018, the Oklahoma Commission on Educational Quality and Accountability (CEQA) unanimously approved our application for eligibility following positive reviews of the application and site visit. The program will submit a self-study to OEQA in January 2019 providing evidence of implementing state and national standards. Following a final on-site visit on September 8-10, 2019, the CEQA will make a decision regarding full state accreditation by December 2019.
Students, families or prospective students and families are encouraged to contact the Department of Education Chair Elizabeth Smith with questions.