Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET) - general education knowledge
Oklahoma Subject Area Tests (OSAT) - subject matter knowledge
Oklahoma Professional Teaching Exam (OPTE) - professional knowledge and skills
OKLAHOMA COMMISSION ON TEACHER PREPARATION
In July 1997, under the guidelines established by the legislature in House Bill 1549, the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation (OCTP) assumed responsibility for ensuring quality teacher preparation. OCTP is committed to providing all Oklahoma children access to qualified, caring, and competent teachers.
This landmark educational reform legislation set the stage for significant change through the following requirements:
Establishing OCTP as an independent professional standards board.
Requiring OCTP to develop a competency-based teacher preparation system; a rigorous, new assessment system for new teachers consisting of general education and subject areas; and a system of professional development institutes for teachers to enhance their subject matter knowledge and teaching competencies throughout their careers.
In 2012, S.B. 1797 was signed into law with the vision of combining two well-established educational agencies into one organization that would impact the quality of PK-20 education in Oklahoma; it seemed to be a challenging and far-reaching task to accomplish. However, both former agencies, Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation and the Office of Accountability, have successfully united in purpose and commitment to realize such a vision in forming the Office of Educational Quality and Accountability (OEQA).
The certification exams are administered twelve times a year through paper-based administrations across the state as well as computer-based administrations available both state and nationwide.
The Oklahoma certification examinations reflect state standards (Oklahoma Full-Subject Matter Competencies, Oklahoma General Competencies, core student standards) as well as current national standards. Over 7000 Oklahoma educators have contributed their knowledge and expertise throughout the assessment development and validation process. Included are classroom teachers, higher education faculty members, career technology faculty members, and school administrators.
As part of maintaining the assessment program, routine review and redevelopment assures that the exams will be kept up-to-date and accurate. Constant monitoring ensures that they also continue to measure educator knowledge and skill levels using the most current and widely accepted psychometric standards.
Testing information booklets with sample questions are available in the SWCU library to assist in preparation for each of the certification tests described in this section. Information is also available from the OEQA website: http://www.ok.gov/oeqa and the National Evaluation Systems website: www.ceoe.nesinc.com
Three tests are required to pass with a minimum score of a 240 to a maximum of 300. The OGET (Oklahoma General Education Test), OSAT (Oklahoma Subject Area Test) and the OPTE (Oklahoma Professional Teachers Exam) PK – 8 or the 6 – 12
OKLAHOMA GENERAL EDUCATION TEST (OGET)
(Must be passed to be admitted into the Teacher Education program)
The Oklahoma General Education Test is explicitly designed to help identify those examinees who have demonstrated the level of general education knowledge and skills required for entry-level educators in the state of Oklahoma. The OGET is comprised of approximately 100 selected response items and one constructed-response (performance) assignment, and is offered as a computer based test (at a Pearson testing center) or as a paper test.
OKLAHOMA SUBJECT AREA TESTS (OSAT)
(Must be passed prior to starting Student Teacher semester)
Subject area tests that match the certification categories currently approved by the State Board of Education have been developed for use in the Certification Examination for Oklahoma Educators program. OEQA is dedicated to including performance components in all subject area tests. OSATs include the following:
U.S. History/OK History/Government/Economics
Oklahoma Professional Teaching Examination (OPET) The Oklahoma Professional Teaching Examination (OPTE) is designed to assess the professional knowledge and skills associated with being an entry-level educator in Oklahoma. In recognition of the differences in learning environment and appropriate instructional practice at various developmental levels, the OPTE is offered in two versions: PK-8 and 6-12. Candidates seeking Early Childhood or Elementary/Middle Level certification should take the PK-8 OPTE. Candidates seeking Secondary certification should take the 6-12 OPTE.
Fingerprint Based Criminal History Record
In April 2001, the Oklahoma legislature passed a law [effective November 1, 2001] stating that any person seeking a teaching license shall have “on file with the Board [State Department of Education] a current Oklahoma criminal history record from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation as well as a national fingerprint based criminal history record provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Upon receipt of the Oklahoma criminal history record, the Board may issue a temporary license which shall be effective until receipt of the national criminal history record. The person applying for a license shall be responsible for the cost of the criminal history records.” HB 1253
In order to help the teacher candidate during their clinical internship (student teaching) obtain their fingerprint based criminal history record as easily as possible, the Director of Teacher Education will schedule a time with the State Department of Education for all the clinical interns to go have their prints made together. Specific information regarding date and time will be communicated through school email and university supervisors.
1. Fees for criminal history background searches are paid with a certified check or money order or online.
2. Results of background searches, both OSBI and FBI are sent directly to the Oklahoma State Department of Education. The FBI search results normally arrive several weeks after the OSBI search results.