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 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.
The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) advances excellent educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning. It reviews departments, schools, and colleges which prepare teachers and other educators. Though each four-year university’s requirements are similar, it is best to check with your transfer university about their specific requirements. Information about teacher certification will be discussed in CHLD 2042 Early Field Experience in Teaching, required for all Pre-Education majors.
Before enrolling in CHLD 2042 students must pass a Criminal Background Investigation. Students are responsible for obtaining the Criminal Background Investigation packet from the Child Development Division Office at West Campus, following the instructions provided within the packet, and paying the required fee. Once the Child Development and Education office 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 2042 or 2052.
To receive an A.A. or A.S. Degree, students must demonstrate computer proficiency.
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.