Teacher Certification Information
Cameron University recommends for certification those students who have completed approved education programs. The State Department of Education has final authority regarding the certification of educators in the state of Oklahoma. Below, find information about Certification Tests, Applying for Certification, Alternative Certification, and Adding Certification Areas.
The Oklahoma General Education Test is a test of core general education knowledge and skills including critical thinking, computation, and communication. The test includes approximately 100 selected-response questions and one writing assignment.
Cameron undergraduate students must pass the OGET prior to being admitted to teacher education.
The Oklahoma Subject Area Tests are designed to assess subject-matter knowledge and skills. Most OSATs contain selected-response questions and constructed-response assignments.
Cameron undergraduate students must pass the OSAT(s) specified by their programs prior to student teaching.
The Oklahoma Professional Teaching Examination is designed to assess professional knowledge and skills needed by entry-level Oklahoma educators. Each OPTE includes approximately 75 selected response questions and a constructed-response section that consists of three written performance assessments.
Cameron undergraduate students must pass the OPTE before they will be recommended to the state for certification.
Test Dates & Registration
A list of test dates and testing windows along with score reporting dates can be found on the CEOE web site along with online registration.
Study guides are available for all Oklahoma certification tests. Each includes the test competencies, sample test questions with explanations of the answers, and suggested test preparation strategies. Study guides are available online at no cost.
Cameron students seeking certification are responsible for turning in a copy of passing scores for all tests to Mrs. Ramona Mott, Teacher Certification Specialist in NB 1012 or at email@example.com.
Applying for Certification
Students who have completed an approved teacher education program at Cameron University will be recommended by the university for certification in the state of Oklahoma.
Once you have completed all elements of your program (e.g. final portfolio check, exit survey), the Teacher Certification Specialist and Director of Teacher Education will verify your completion and recommend you for licensure.
After you have been recommended, you can apply for your certification through the Single Sign-On System on the Oklahoma State Department of Education website.
Alternative certification is the process one uses if he/she has a degree, decides to teach, but does not have a teaching license/certificate.
Anyone seeking alternative certification must also pass the Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET) and an Oklahoma Subject Area Test (OSAT) based on his/her bachelor's degree field. The Oklahoma State Department of Education determines which OSAT must be passed as well as any additional educational requirements that must be completed prior to licensure.
The application for alternative licensure and additional details about alternative certification can be found on the Oklahoma State Department of Education web site.
Licensed and certified teachers who wish to add additional areas to their license/certificate by testing can do so using the Oklahoma State Department of Education's Online Teacher Certification System.