Oklahoma Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide

This guide to teaching schools in Oklahoma provides valuable information for aspiring teachers looking to work in the education sector. Like most states, Oklahoma requires all teachers to complete a teacher preparation program at an accredited school, and there are several colleges and universities that offer teaching degrees in Oklahoma. On this page, you will find a table of accredited, state-approved teacher preparation programs, lists of top-rated teaching programs, and student reviews. For anyone pursuing a teaching degree in Oklahoma, this guide can help you find the right program for your individual needs.

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For not-for-profit schools with teacher degree programs.

Comparison of Oklahoma Schools with Teacher Preparation Programs

We have designed the following table to help you compare teacher preparation programs in Oklahoma according to various factors. All of the schools included are not-for-profit institutions approved by the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) for the preparation of teachers. Completing a state-approved teacher preparation program is an important step towards earning licensure.

While accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is not a requirement for licensure, it is included in the following table as CAEP provides a highly-regarded accreditation that is accepted in many states.

You will also find data on teacher preparation program enrollment, completion, and licensing exam pass rates by institution, for both traditional and alternative programs, for the 2019-2020 academic year in this table. These data points are collected from annual US Department of Education reports under Title II (Teacher Quality) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which holds institutions and state departments of education accountable for increasing academic achievement through improvements in teacher quality. Traditional teacher preparation programs are usually completed as part of a bachelor’s degree program. Alternative certification programs are typically designed for career changers looking to enter the field and lead to a postgraduate certificate or a master’s degree. Many schools in our table offer both traditional and alternative programs. Take a look at our Oklahoma traditional and alternative certification guides for more information.

Finally, we have provided the net price per year for undergraduate tuition, based on the cost of attendance (tuition, books, room and board, and related expenses) for students who qualify for in-state tuition and fees, less the average financial aid award (including grants and scholarships).

State-Approved SchoolCAEP Accred.?5Trad. Teacher Program Enrollment6Trad. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers6Trad. Licensing Exams Pass Rate6Alt. Teacher Program Enrollment6Alt. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers6Alt. Licensing Exams Pass Rate6Net Price1
Bacone CollegeNo6$16,097
Cameron UniversityYes16059100%$8,442
East Central UniversityYes1436083%$9,776
Langston UniversityYes105N.Av.$11,691
Mid-America Christian UniversityNo431362%$18,465
Northeastern State UniversityYes40114289%$9,790
Northwestern Oklahoma State UniversityYes2153683%$10,747
Oklahoma Baptist UniversityYes2004398%$24,277
Oklahoma Christian UniversityYes6820100%$20,761
Oklahoma City UniversityYes8114100%$25,072
Oklahoma Panhandle State UniversityYes205N.Av.$8,719
Oklahoma State UniversityYes54520491%$14,763
Oklahoma Wesleyan UniversityYes179N.Av.$25,273
Oral Roberts UniversityYes1584276%$20,461
Randall University (f.k.a. Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College)No151N.Av.$18,278
Southeastern Oklahoma State UniversityYes1364082%$8,276
Southern Nazarene UniversityYes532095%$20,673
Southwestern Christian UniversityNo304N.Av.$17,573
Southwestern Oklahoma State UniversityYes10810379%$13,105
University of Central OklahomaYes92918390%$16,764
University of OklahomaYes59515395%$21,836
University of Science & Arts of OklahomaYes931995%$8,000
University of TulsaNo743N.Av.$25,333

  • — indicates none.
  • N.Av. indicates data not available. For Title II Licensing Exams Pass Rates, N.Av. indicates that there were fewer than 10 test takers, so pass rates were omitted for confidentiality.

Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs in Oklahoma

US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2023

  • Oklahoma State University (#76 tie)
  • University of Oklahoma (#89 tie)
  • Oral Roberts University (#207-274)

US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2022

  • Oklahoma State University (#147 tie)
  • University of Oklahoma (#182 tie)
  • Cameron University (#242-321)
  • Northeastern State University (#242-321)

Select Oklahoma Schools with Teacher Preparation Degrees

Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma State University’s (OSU) main campus in Stillwater is home to the OSU College of Education and Human Sciences. The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Elementary Education degree is available on-campus or online and prepares graduates to teach grades 1-8. The BS degree is also available in Early Childhood Education (Pre-K-3) and in Secondary Education with several concentration areas for those interested in teaching grades 6-12. Undergraduate education minors include Creativity Studies; Learning and Motivation; and Special Education. Graduate degrees offered include the Master of Science (MS) in Teaching, Learning & Leadership, the Master of Art in Teaching (MAT), and both the Education Specialist (EdS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education. The Professional Education Unit at OSU helps those who have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education find the correct alternative pathway to teaching based on their goals. Some graduate programs are offered fully online to provide flexibility for working teachers.

Oral Roberts University

Oral Roberts University (ORU) is a Christian institution offering undergraduate and graduate education degrees that prepare graduates to work in public, private, or faith-based schools. The College of Education offers a Bachelor of Education (BEd) in Elementary Education with concentrations in Early Childhood, English Language Learners, and Special Education. Other undergraduate degrees include the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health & Physical Education; the BS in Secondary Education; and the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Secondary Education-Theatre. Graduate offerings include the Master of Education (MEd) in Teaching & Educational Leadership and the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Christian School Administration, Higher Education Teaching, and Public School Administration. Some graduate degrees offer initial or alternative pathways to teaching certification. ORU also offers fully-online certificates in English Language Learning and Special Education.

University of Oklahoma

The Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education (JRCOE) at the University of Oklahoma (OU) is home to a number of teaching degrees at the bachelor’s and graduate levels at both the Norman and Tulsa campuses. Four-year bachelor’s degrees leading to teacher certification include the Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd) in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Language Arts Education, and Science Education, among others. Master’s-level degrees are designed for students with a bachelor’s degree in any subject and most programs can be modified to provide an alternative pathway to teacher certification if desired. Some of JRCOE’s unique graduate-level programs that teach advanced research and leadership skills include a Master of Education (MEd) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Mathematics Education; an MEd and PhD in Reading Education; and a PhD in Biomedical Education.

Schools with Associate Degrees in Education

While a bachelor’s degree is the minimum educational level required to qualify for state certification, an associate’s degree can be the first step towards a career in education. It can qualify graduates for careers in non-licensed roles in early childhood education, after-school care, and related areas. The credits earned from an accredited associate degree program can also typically be transferred towards a bachelor’s degree. The following Alabama schools offer associate’s degrees in education.1 Schools with an asterisk (*) also offer four-year teaching programs and/or alternative route to certification programs.

Carl Albert State College
1507 S McKenna St
Poteau, OK 74953
(918) 647-1200

Connors State College
700 College Rd
Warner, OK 74469
(918) 463-2931

Eastern Oklahoma State College
1301 W Main St
Wilburton, OK 74578
(918) 465-2361

Murray State College
1 Murray Campus Dr
Tishomingo, OK 73460
(580) 387-7000

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College
200 I St NE
Miami, OK 74354
(918) 542-8441

Northern Oklahoma College
1220 E Grand Ave
Tonkawa, OK 74653
(580) 628-6200

Oklahoma City Community College
7777 S May Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73159
(405) 682-1611

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology
1801 E 4th St
Okmulgee, OK 74447
(918) 293-4678

Redlands Community College
1300 S Country Club Rd
El Reno, OK 73036
(405) 262-2552

Rogers State University
1701 W Will Rogers Blvd
Claremore, OK 74017
(918) 343-7777

Rose State College
6420 SE 15th St
Midwest City, OK 73110
(405) 733-7673

Seminole State College
2701 Boren Blvd
Seminole, OK 74868
(405) 382-9950

Tulsa Community College
3727 E Apache St
Tulsa, OK 74115
(918) 595-7000

Western Oklahoma State College
2801 N Main St
Altus, OK 73521
(580) 477-2000

Student Reviews

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078
(405) 744-5000

Student Review: “The Agricultural Education teacher preparatory program at Oklahoma State University is one of the best programs of this kind in the nation. This program, as well as the university staff, went the extra mile in preparing me for a career in the field of education. The courses I took were all very valuable and provided plenty of hands-on experiences with lesson planning and working with students. The faculty also have many diverse experiences, and I owe much of my success in the field to them. I especially enjoyed my semester spent student teaching. University faculty went the extra mile to place me at a school where I could both rely on my strengths and still grow. Overall, I had an incredibly positive experience with my education program at Oklahoma State University, and the education I received here laid the foundation for my current career as a teacher.” -Student at Oklahoma State University
Student Review: “I really enjoyed my time in the Secondary Education program at Oklahoma State University’s [main] Stillwater Campus. The program and professors helped me to develop a sound understanding of the legal, pedagogical, and social aspects of teaching, as well as an intimate knowledge of the subject area for which I was seeking certification. The advisors in the College of Education were extremely helpful in providing assistance planning out my path through college, as well as my future career. The professors were warm and eager to offer assistance in any way they could. The small class sizes allowed for intimate instruction and a sense of unity among the students. Pedagogy, the history of the teacher in American schools, and other education related courses were challenging, yet totally engaging.” -Student at Oklahoma State University

Southeastern Oklahoma State University
425 University Blvd
Durant, OK 74701
(580) 745-2000

Student Review: “One of the things that I have most enjoyed about SOSU is the small size campus with the excellent education. As a non-traditional student (over 25) I was very concerned about fitting in on campus, but once I started classes, I found great diversity at the school. I have become a member in several on-campus organizations and love the fact that there is something for everyone. The school offers several great programs of study and many classes are offered online, which can be great for the working student. The professors seem to genuinely care about their students, and because of the small class size, you get to know them personally. The one thing that the school could do better is offer all classes every semester. It can be very difficult to make a class schedule and get all the requisite classes in when some are offered only in the fall or spring and only at one time. All in all, I would recommend the school if you are looking for a small campus.” -Shiela W., student at Southeastern Oklahoma State University

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. The Princeton Review. The Best 385 Colleges, 2022 Edition. The Princeton Review, 2021.
3. US News & World Report Best Graduate Education Schools 2023: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/edu-rankings
4. US News & World Report Best Online Graduate Education Schools 2022: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/rankings
5. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP): http://caepnet.org/provider-search
6. US Department of Education 2021 Title II Report: https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx