Master Teacher Certification in Oklahoma
Master teachers in Oklahoma are exceptionally knowledgeable and have proven professional experience within their fields. Find out how to earn master teacher certification in Oklahoma!
Oklahoma Master Teacher Overview
Teachers who exhibit exceptional performance throughout their careers may be considered for master teacher certification. In order to qualify for such certification, teachers must be recommended by the school district in which they are employed. Additionally, these teachers must already be extremely knowledgeable and experienced as professional educators in order to be considered for master teacher status.
|Education/Experience Required|| Bachelor's degree from regionally accredited college or university |
At least seven years of teaching experience
|Exams Required|| Oklahoma General Education Test |
Oklahoma Subject Area Test(s)
Oklahoma Professional Teaching Examination
|License Validity Period||Five years|
|Certification Renewal Process|| Online or mailed application submission |
At least three years active teaching experience at an accredited school
Received 'superior' rating on on most recent district evaluation OR
Received 'highly effective' rating and holds/has held National Board Certification
|CEU Credits Required for Renewal||N/A|
|Average Salary for Oklahoma Teachers (2018)||$40,450 (elementary school); $41,660 (middle school); $42,540 (high school)*|
|Estimated National Job Growth (2018 – 2028)||3% (elementary and middle school); 4% (high school)*|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
Contrary to what the name may imply, master teacher certification only requires educators to hold at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. All teachers must also complete an approved teacher preparation program and receive written recommendation from the program director to earn standard certification. Teacher preparation programs should include at least nine hours of supervised student teaching, and aspiring instructors must earn at least a 2.75 GPA in their designated majors.
In order to earn a standard certification, Oklahoma teachers must pass a series of exams to illustrate to the committee that they are capable of performing their duties. The following assessments are required of all Oklahoma educators:
- Oklahoma General Education Test
- Oklahoma Subject Area Test(s)
- Oklahoma Professional Teaching Examination
Depending on the specific grade level and subject area, passing scores may vary for those seeking standard certification.
In addition to holding a bachelor's degree and passing all required exams, master teachers must have at least seven years of qualifying teacher experience at an accredited Oklahoma school district. Teachers must first be recommended by the school district in which they are employed prior to submitting an application for master certification. Additionally, instructors must have received either a 'superior' rating on their most recent district evaluation or received a 'highly effective' rating and hold or have held National Board certification.
Certification & Teaching Requirements
Master teachers are required to hold a standard teaching license in order to apply for master designation. Those planning to earn a master certification may not have a teaching load of more than 50% instruction in order for master teachers to spend time on co-teaching, co-planning, peer reviews, and other duties agreed upon by both the educator and superintendent of the school district where they are employed. Teachers are expected to use at least 15 days to strengthen leadership skills and will receive a salary supplement of at least $5,000 or the district's daily rate of pay — whichever is higher.
Those seeking to renew their master teaching certification must complete an online or mailed application and pay the appropriate fee. In addition, teachers must have at least three years of school experience in an accredited district. If teachers have not accrued at least three years of teaching experience, they may supplement this experience with appropriate coursework from an accredited college or university for each year of experience they currently lack. Master certificates may only be renewed if teachers received either a 'superior' rating on their most recent district evaluation or received a 'highly effective' rating and hold or have held National Board certification.