Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education
General Information for Education Majors:
Tulsa Community College provides the first two years of the four-year degree required to enter the career of teaching in an Oklahoma public/private common school. The Pre-K through grade 12 certification is overseen by the Oklahoma State Department of Education whose definition of grade certification is important to determine your program of study. Early Childhood is defined as Pre-K through 3rd grade, Elementary is grades 3 through 8 and Secondary encompasses both middle school and high school or grades 6-12.
After an Education major has completed all required general education courses, he/she must take the OGET (Oklahoma General Education Test), prior to admission to a College of Teacher Education at a four-year university. Visit with a TCC Advisement Office on any campus for information about the OGET.
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) is the national accrediting association for teacher education. The Council requires that students in teacher education programs at four-year universities complete a portfolio regarding experiences they have had in the classroom and/or laboratory settings. Though each four-year university’s requirements are similar, it is best to check with your transfer university about their specific requirements. Information about portfolios will be discussed in CHLD 2032, 2042, or 2052 Early Field Experience in Teaching, required for all Education majors.
Before enrolling in CHLD 2032, 2042, or 2052 students must pass a Criminal Background Investigation. Students are responsible for obtaining the Criminal Background Investigation packet from the Liberal Arts Division Office at West Campus, following the instructions provided within the packet, and paying the required fee. Once the Liberal Arts Division at West Campus has been notified that a student has received Criminal Background and Sex Offender clearance, the division office will notify the student by mail that he/she may enroll in CHLD 2032, 2042, or 2052.
To receive an A.A. or A.S. Degree, students must demonstrate computer proficiency.
Prior to graduation from a four-year university, students majoring in Early Childhood or Elementary and Secondary Education must complete with a “C” or better a minimum of:
• 12 hours of Communication Arts,
• 12 hours of Social Science,
• 12 hours of Math,
• 12 hours of Science, and
• Demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English.
Students should work with an academic counselor at TCC’s West Campus to carefully select courses that will meet the requirements of both the TCC associate degree program and the baccalaureate program at the four-year university you plan to attend.
For more information, contact:
Liberal Arts Division, West Campus: 918-595-8079
See Child Development for Early Childhood Education degrees.