Oklahoma has seen an explosion in the number of teachers applying for emergency classroom certification, meaning more districts are relying on teachers to teach subjects they are not fully trained for.The Oklahoma State Department of Education has received 280 applications for emergency certifications, also called exemptions, since July. Teachers applying for the exemption must be working toward receiving their regular teaching certification in the given subject.The UCO Special Education “Boot Camp" (HB1233) is the state of Oklahoma’s current answer to the shortage of teachers for special education students.HB1233 is designed to allow individuals who have always wished to teach the states most wonderful population an opportunity to fulfill a dream. According to this 1999 article in Education Week, The Illusion of Paying Teachers For Student Performance, merit pay for teachers isn’t an idea unique to the last couple of decades." data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" class="size-medium wp-image-391 alignnone" title="Kids Learn Computer" alt="" src=" width="590" height="798" / UPDATE December 9, 2012: After the Oklahoma State Department of Education updated their website, many of the links below stopped working.
A review this summer by the education department found one teacher and an administrator were working without proper certification, which puts districts in jeopardy when approving contracts for positions that require certification.
The growth in applications was not unexpected because average and starting teacher salaries remain lower than those of most other states.
“It is a pretty dramatic spike,” Bacharach said of the applications.
This is a four-hour text that includes multiple choice and constructed response sections. You’ll receive a fingerprint card that you can take to your local sheriff’s department for completion or to the State Department of Education offices near the State Capitol.
After you’ve passed the OGET, you can take the Oklahoma Subject Area Competency Examination(s) related to your field of study and work experience. You’ll need to mail in the card, along with the application for the Teacher Competency Review Panel, your current resume (again), a written explanation of why you want to be a teacher and a 0 application fee. You’ll need to go before the review panel for an interview.