Oklahoma Teacher License Renewal Requirements

There are three options that educators in Oklahoma have for renewing their teaching license. This article provides information on the three options available and on the application process. Schools offering Teaching & Learning degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

How to Renew A Teaching License in Oklahoma

Every five years an educator in Oklahoma must go through the process of renewing their teaching license. The Oklahoma Department of Education (ODOE) sets the requirements needed to fulfill this process. Renewal candidates have three options to fulfill the standards of the state. This article provides information on the options for renewing a teaching license and the application process that goes along with it.

Education/Experience Required Bachelor's Degree
Exam Requirements Oklahoma General Education Test,
Oklahoma Professional Teaching Examination,
Oklahoma Subject Area Test
Certification Renewal Period 5 Years
CEU Required for Renewal 75 points or 3 - 5 Semester Hours, Depending on Employment Experience
Average Salary $40,450 (Elementary),
$41,660 (Middle School),
$42,540 (High School) as of May 2018 - Oklahoma
Estimated Job Growth 7% (Elementary), 8% (Middle & High School) - National

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Option 1

The first option requires the applicant to work as a teacher for at least three out of the five years prior to the renewal date. If the applicant is not able to meet the three-year requirement, they can substitute time with college credit hours earned from education related courses taken at an accredited university. A renewal candidate that has two years of work experience will require 3 semester hours earned; one year of work experience will require 4 semester hours earned; and zero years of work experience will require five semester hours earned. All semester credit hours earned must be successfully completed during the five-year licensed period prior to the renewal date.

Option 2

License holders who have a valid teaching certification but have not worked in the five years prior to the renewal date have the option of earning 75 points through professional development trainings such as; conferences, seminar participation, continuing education courses, and college credit courses that are education related. The renewal applicant is responsible for keeping documentation of the programs and courses they participate in and must submit the documentation along with the application. Documentation must show that the professional development trainings have been successfully completed within the five years prior to the renewal date. Education course credits must be earned from an accredited university and conferences, trainings, seminars, other continuing education programs must be recognized by the ODOE or an Oklahoma school district.

Option 3

The third option is for the candidate to request a two-year license extension. The license will automatically renew for a two-year period and require the renewal candidate to fulfill requirements of the two-year license. The two-year license requires the candidate to find employment at an accredited school or university as a teacher. The renewal candidate must maintain employment for one full year, in this position, and they will be supervised by an administrator and mentored by certified teachers. The applicant will be allowed to renew for a standard license contingent on positive evaluation results that will be provided by the teacher's supervising administrator.

Application

After the renewal applicant has chosen an option for renewal, they will have to submit a renewal application to the ODOE either by mail or electronically on the ODOE website. A criminal background check will only be required from renewal applicants with a license that has been expired for at least one year. The teaching license renewal cost of $50 can be paid on the ODOE website or can be sent by mail using a personal check, a cashier's check, or a money order. Once the application for renewal is approved, a five-year renewal license will be issued.

Teaching License Requirements

Applying for issuance of a standard teaching license in Oklahoma requires the candidate meet five requirements. The five requirements to obtaining certification are:

  1. Have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university.
  2. Complete an ODOE approved teacher preparation program.
  3. Pass the Oklahoma General Education Test, the Oklahoma Professional Teaching Examination, and the Oklahoma Subject Area Test.
  4. Complete a state and federal criminal history background check using the fingerprinting process.
  5. Submit a teaching certification application, all required documents, and the $50 application fee to the ODOE.

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