Instructional Leadership & Academic Curriculum
The College of Education at the University of Oklahoma established an extended teacher education program in 1991. Its goals are reflected by the acronym, TE-PLUS, that is a Teacher Education (TE) program that emphasizes: Professionalism, Leadership, Understanding, and Scholarship (PLUS).
Specifically, the TE-PLUS program prepares teachers to successfully serve in the following, interrelated roles:
- Teacher as educator,
- Teacher as communicator,
- Teacher as decision maker,
- Teacher as scholar,
- Teacher as action researcher, and
- Teacher as leader.
To accomplish the goal of preparing teachers for these roles, TE-PLUS consists of general education coursework, professional education, and specialized education in a student's area of certification. The teaching certificate programs include completion of the Bachelor's degree plus nine to 12 graduate credit hours.
The hallmarks of TE-PLUS include strong content preparation, field work
with strong reflective components, and mentoring of students. All certification programs are accredited by NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education).