Bachelor of Science in Education

Teacher Preparation Options

Students who seek to become teachers have the following options for majors at The University of Tulsa:

  • biology, chemisty, geosciences, or physics (with a second major in education) 
  • mathematics (with a second major in education) 
  • elementary education, or  deaf education

Students must confer with an education advisor to determine what type of certification/licensure is appropriate for their chosen major. 

Program Phases

There are six phases to the Teacher Education Program:

  1. declaration of a major in Education
  2. consultation with education advisor to plan the student’s course of study
  3. application and admission to the Teacher Education Program
  4.  completion of required coursework
  5. application and admission to student teaching
  6. completion of student teaching

In the first phase , the student formally declares Education as a major through the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s office (Chapman Hall 111). The student also takes Educ 1101, Introduction to Education.

In the second phase, the student meets with an appointed education advisor to go over preparation for certification and to plan the student’s course of study.

In the third phase, the student takes Educ 2103, Foundations of Education, and applies to the Teacher Education Program. Students normally apply for admission to teacher education no later than the second semester of their sophomore year. Junior and senior transfer students should apply during their first semester on campus. For specific criteria for admission to the Teacher Education Program, students should consult with an education advisor and/or see the Application for the Teacher Education Program.

In the fourth phase, following admission to the Teacher Education Program, the student completes all required coursework in the chosen teacher preparation option.

In the fifth phase, the student submits an application for student teaching. For Fall semester placement in student teaching, students should make formal application by March 1 of their junior year. For Spring semester placement, application should be made by October 1 of the senior year. For specific criteria for admission to student teaching, students must see their advisor and/or the Application for Student Teaching.

In the sixth phase, the student completes the student teaching assignment. Students must reserve one semester for student teaching and the student teaching seminar.

Professional Education Course Requirements for All Education Majors

   Educ 1101, Introduction to Education
   Educ 2103, Foundations of Education
   Educ 3171, Educational Technology for Instruction
   Educ 3713, The Child/Adolescent and the Learning Environment
   Educ 3733, Measurement and Evaluation in Education
   Educ 4013, Education of the Exceptional Child
   12 hours of appropriate grade level student teaching
   Educ 4971, Seminar Student Teaching 

Additional Course Requirements for Elementary Education Majors

Regulations of the Oklahoma Commission on Teacher Preparation require a diversified program in the liberal arts and sciences. Candidates for licensing in Elementary Education must complete 48 semester hours of credit evenly distributed among four areas: 1) language arts, 2) social studies, 3) mathematics; and 4) science. The courses may not be methods courses. According to the commission’s regulations , courses satisfying this requirement may be included in the general education program, the major, a minor, or any combination.

For the specific components and course requirements of the Elementary Education major, please see the School of Urban Education website or the administrative assistant in the School of Education. 

Second Language Proficiency

Students completing the Teacher Education Program must demonstrate proficiency in a second language by completing a language course offered by The University of Tulsa (American Sign Language, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish). Kendall College of Arts and Sciences requires four semesters of a single language, while Collins College of Business and the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences two semesters.

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 ( as well as the administrative assistant in the School of Education.

Oklahoma Professional Licensing

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

  • Baccalaureate degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.00or higher 
  • Completion of the appropriate approved teacher preparation program(s) for the area(s) of specialization in which licensing or certification is sought
  • Completion of student teaching with no grade lower than C and with an average of at least 3.00or 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)

Students who complete a program in Elementary Education, Deaf Education, Music Education, or Exercise and Sports Science Education may apply for certification in the state of Oklahoma through the standard route, in which case the School of Education recommends them for certification. Students completing programs in Art, English, Foreign Languages, Math, Sciences, Speech and Drama, and Social Studies may apply for certification in the state of Oklahoma through the alternative route to certification. In the case of the alternative route, the certification officer of the School of 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.