Teacher Certification in English

Teacher Certification in English

I want to become a teacher, so that I can make a difference in the lives of students, who do not believe in their ability to succeed.  -Stephen Saenz/Fredrick, OK

The USAO English Teacher Certification Program is offered through the Division of Arts and Humanities and combines liberal arts learning with teacher preparation. Its goal is to prepare individuals to become effective teachers in the English areas and obtain an Oklahoma Teaching Certificate in English. This program is a standards-based program, based upon the standards and guidelines set forth by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) the state competencies, and findings from "Effective Teacher" research. Collectively, these standards and research findings provide the knowledge base for what English teachers are to know and to do.

Upon successful completion of this program, individuals are qualified to obtain an Oklahoma teaching certificate to teach English in grades 6-12. Since USAO teacher certification programs are nationally certified by The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) certification in other states is simplified. It is recommended that certification be initially obtained in Oklahoma prior to seeking certification from another state.

A program checklist for a degree in English with teacher certification is provided below. Students wishing to pursue a teaching certificate in English should consult Dr. Shelley Rees, the English Education Advisor.

Program Requirements

  • Admission to the Teacher Education Program
  • Satisfied the Foreign Language Competency Requirement
  • Satisfied the Professional Portfolio Requirement
  • Admission to the Professional Trimester
  • Overall Grade Point Average 2.5
  • 2.75 Grade Point Average in Certification Area
  • Successful Completion of Certification Exams
  • Completion of courses listed to the right

Note: Items on this page and page links are intended for informational purposes only. Please consult the current USAO catalog for actual class requirements for this or any other major field of study. Current USAO students should consult their advisor.

Notable Alumni

  • Lisa Hightower | 1994

    Lisa Hightower graduated from Chisholm High School in 1986 and spent a few years working in a retail outlet before deciding it was time to go to college.