Masters Of Education


The Master of Education (M.Ed.) prepares students for initial Oklahoma certification, standard or alternative in Elementary and Secondary Education.

Students must confer with the Graduate Advisor and Education Certification Officer to determine what type of certification/licensure is appropriate for their content area.  For more information on requirements for each teacher preparation option, please see the School of Urban Education website or the Graduate Advisor in the School of Urban Education (918-631-2719).

Second Language Proficiency


Students completing the Teacher Education Program for standard certification must demonstrate proficiency in a second language.

Professional Examinations


Prospective teachers in Oklahoma must pass the Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET), the appropriate Oklahoma Subject Area Test (OSAT), and the Oklahoma Professional Teaching Examination (OPTE) to be eligible for licensure/certification. Complete information and registration bulletins are available from the Certification Examinations for Oklahoma Educators website (http://www.ceoe.nesinc.com/) as well as the administrative assistant in the School of Education (918-631-2236).

Oklahoma Professional Certification


During their last semester, students who have passed the appropriate state examinations should apply for certification to teach in Oklahoma.  Students must meet the following state requirements in order to apply for a standard certificate in Oklahoma.  (Please note: state laws and regulations are subject to change.)

  • Baccalaureate degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Completion of the appropriate approved teacher preparation program(s) for the area(s) of specialization in which certification is sought
  • Completion of student teaching with no grade lower than B and with an average of at least 3.00 or higher in all student teaching courses. (Students who do not receive a C or higher in a student teaching course may petition the Teacher Education Council to repeat student teaching)
  • Satisfactory review of the teaching portfolio
  • Completion of criminal background check
  • Passing scores on the certification examinations for Oklahoma Educators (OGET, OSAT, and OPTE) 

The School of Urban Education is nationally accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) in art, natural sciences, elementary education, English, history (social studies), mathematics, social science, vocal and instrumental music, foreign languages, and speech/drama/debate (theatre).  The School is also state accredited by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation (OCTP). 

Secondary Education Program:


The School of Urban Education offers a M.Ed. degree that prepares students to pursue standard teacher certification.  Students who possess a bachelor's degree in the following areas are eligible for the M.Ed. program:

  • Natural Sciences (grades 6-12)
  • Mathematics (grades 6-12)
  • English (grades 6-12)
  • History/Social Studies (grades 6-12)
  • Art (grades K-12)
  • Foreign Languages
  • Music (Vocal and Instrumental)
  • Speech/Drama/Debate (Theatre)
  • Social Sciences
  • Exercise and Sports Sciences

Students completing a bachelor's degree in other subject areas may apply for alternative certification in the state of Oklahoma through the State Department of Education's  alternative certification guidelines.  The certification officer of the School of Urban Education submits a letter to the Oklahoma State Department of Education stating that the applicant has completed a nationally accredited teacher preparation program in the applicant’s chosen subject area.

The M.Ed. degree program offering preparation for initial certification in secondary education requires a minimum of 36 credits of graduate-level coursework, but additional coursework may be required to qualify for the Oklahoma teaching certificate. Specialized undergraduate courses leading to teacher certification may be taken for graduate credit in some instances. These 6000-level courses are listed at the end of this section under the heading “Approved Undergraduate Courses.” 

M.Ed. Core Courses (25 credit hours)

  • Educ 6514, Secondary Methods of Instruction
  • Educ 6403, Education of the Exceptional Child
  • Educ 7003, Philosophy of Education, Educ 7073, History of American Education, or Educ  7083, Educational Policy
  • Educ 7123, Advanced Child and Adolescent Growth and Development
  • Educ 7153, Techniques of Research and Evaluation
  • Educ 7183, Statistical Methods for Research I
  • Educ 7043, Introduction to Educational Technology 
  • Educ 7053, Instructional Design and Curriculum Integration

M.Ed. Student Secondary Teaching Courses (9 hours) or
Subject Area Electives for Alternative Certification

  • Educ 7474, Internship Middle School Teaching
  • Educ 7474, Internship High School Teaching
  • Educ 7971, Seminar: Issues in Teaching

Core Subject Area and Elective Course(5-6 credit hours)  

Elementary Program:
 

The School offers teacher preparation for certification in elementary education. Students who complete a program in Elementary Education may apply for certification in the state of Oklahoma through the standard route, in which case the School of Urban Education recommends them for certification.  The program requires a minimum of 49 credit hours but additional coursework (as described below) may be required to qualify for the Oklahoma teaching certificate.

M.Ed. Core Courses (42 credit hours)

  • Educ 6103, Children’s Literature
  • Educ 6123, Literacy Assessment and Intervention
  • Educ 6303, Writing and Language Development in the Elementary Child
  • Educ 6143, Social Studies for Elementary Children
  • Educ 6313, Reading for Elementary Children
  • Educ 6403, Education of the Exceptional Child
  • Educ 6423, Science for Elementary Children
  • Educ 6433, Mathematics for Elementary Children
  • Educ 7003, Philosophy of Education, Educ 7073, History of American Education, or Educ  7083, Educational Policy
  • Educ 7123, Advanced Child and Adolescent Growth and Development (waived if taken at the undergraduate level)
  • Educ 7153, Techniques of Research and Evaluation
  • Educ 7183, Statistical Methods for Research I (waived if taken at the undergraduate level)
  • Educ 7043, Introduction to Educational Technology or Educ 7053, Instructional Design and Curriculum Integration
  • Educ 7053, Instructional Design and Curriculum Integration

M.Ed. Student Elementary Teaching Courses (10 hours)

  • Educ 7475, Internship Elementary Teaching
  • Educ 7474, Internship Elementary or Middle School Teaching
  • Educ 7971, Seminar: Issues in Teaching

In addition, all elementary certification candidates must complete (or have completed) 12 hours in each of four areas: language arts, social studies, sciences, and math at the undergraduate level.  If these requirements have not been fulfilled prior to the M.Ed., then the candidate must take the necessary courses.