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Field Experience and Certification

Jamie Aldridge
Certification and Field Experience Officer
820 Van Vleet Oval, Rm 100
Norman, OK 73071-2041
(405) 325-2108
jaldridge@ou.edu

Licensure and Certification

Students who earn their degrees from the University of Oklahoma and who have satisfactorily completed the program requirements, including success on the three Certification Examinations for Oklahoma Educators (OGET, OSAT, and OPTE), will be recommended by the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education for state licensure. Upon completing of all state requirements, a teaching license will be issued by the Oklahoma State Department of Education. The license to teach is valid for one year, during which time the holder participates in the Oklahoma Resident Teacher Program. The residency must be served in an accredited school and under the supervision of a committee composed of professionals from the school and from among University teacher education personnel. The committee is responsible for assisting the resident teacher and for making a final recommendation as to the resident teacher's eligibility for a standard teaching certificate.

Field Experiences

The TE-PLUS program contains three formal field experiences where students are placed in educational environments representing rural, urban, and suburban settings. These field experiences are tied to particular coursework. Students will learn about the expectations and their placements during class. Other, more informal field experiences are affiliated with some of the courses in professional and specialized education courses. These experiences are critical to the student's professional development. Each teacher certification program culminates with the student teaching internship as a 16-week full-time field experience.