School of Education and Speech-Language Pathology

If you were to ask one of Oklahoma's newest teachers why they chose teaching, they would very likely say, “because I dream of a better world.”

Anyone who knows and enjoys their content area, has good people and communication skills, and has a commitment to our youth and our society, should seriously consider teaching. Perhaps you are that special person who will shape the future and make a difference in the lives of young people. The need for competent teachers with an understanding of today’s diverse students is vital.

A great teacher knows content and knows how to teach that content in ways that engage children and young people. He or she knows how to manage a classroom full of curious minds and knows how to assess learning, making adjustments as warranted. USAO offers the preparation needed to be one of those great teachers. The interdisciplinary approach to Liberal Arts found at USAO is the ideal foundation for any teacher. USAO’ nationally-accredited teacher education program offers teacher certification in the following areas: Art, Deaf Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, English, Instrumental Music, Mathematics, Physical Education, Science, Social Studies, and Vocal Music.

Third Party Comments

The School of Education and Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on November 6-8, 2023. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the evaluation team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party's relationship to the provider (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates).

We invite you to submit written testimony to:

CAEP1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400Washington, DC 20036Or by email to:

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CAEP Recognized Programs

  • Art Education
  • Deaf Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • English Education
  • Physical Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Music Education
    • Instrumental
    • Vocal
  • Science Education
  • Social Studies Education

2024 Education Program Recognition Status

2023 Education Program Recognition Status

2020 Education Program Recognition Status

2016 Education Program Recognition Status

CAEP Accreditation Information

CAEP Annual Accreditation Report Measures

Oklahoma State Report - USAO - Annual State Reports to OEQA

Title II Reports

Professional Licensure Disclosure

The federal government requires universities to disclose to out-of-state students if their programs are designed to meet their home state’s educational requirements a) for a specific license and b) is required for employment in an occupation (e.g. teacher certification, counseling, professional pilot, social work, etc.) or marketed or advertised to meet the education requirements. This allows the students to choose an institution that best fits their needs and goals for the future. These disclosures must be posted publicly and should be easily accessible to students. They should list states in three categories: a) meets requirements for licensure, b) does not meet requirements for licensure, and c) has not been determined if meets requirements for licensure.

While additional certification exams may be required in states other than Oklahoma to achieve certification, a B.S. in Elementary, Early Childhood and Deaf Education meets the requirements for professional licensure in the majority of states throughout the United States.

See USAO’s current determination regarding member states with reciprocity agreements with Oklahoma.