Alternative Placement Program (OK)

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Alternative Placement Program (OK)

The Oklahoma Alternative Placement Program provides an opportunity for individuals with non-teaching degrees to teach in Oklahoma accredited schools.
Certificate Valid for 3 years
Only for individuals who have completed a major field of study that corresponds to the area of certification being sought.
Employment: Required

State Information
State: Oklahoma
Contact Name: Certification Specialist
Contact Phone: 405-521-3337
For more information please visit the state website:

Anyone who has been denied admittance to an approved teacher program, or enrolled in and subsequently failed required teacher education courses necessary to meet the minimum requirements of a teacher program, is not eligible for the Oklahoma Alternative Placement Program.

Minimum Academic Background
In most states, teachers must have a minimum academic background for certification.
The following is required for this route:
BA Degree + Major in Content Language

GPA: 2.5

Prior Certification: Must NOT have Current (STATE) Certification

Basic Skills
In most states, teachers must verify basic skills in English (Reading and Writing) and Mathematics through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:


Teacher Preparation
In most states, teachers are required to complete training in education methods through a teacher program.
The following is required for this route:

Complete a professional education component (college semester hours or Oklahoma State Department of Education-approved professional development) of a minimum of 12 semester hours or 180 clock hours and a maximum of 18 semester hours or 270 clock hours. The number of hours required is based on degree level and experience.

Content Language and English Language Proficiency
In most states, teachers are required to submit evidence of content language proficiency and English language proficiency through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Content Language Proficiency:

Exam(s): Exams are language specific.

Applicants are advised not to take any examinations until they have been determined eligible in a written memorandum from an Oklahoma Alternative Placement Specialist to seek certification through the alternative placement process.

Applicants will be provided with information regarding the pedagogical training requirements at the time you they notified of eligibility for the Alternative Placement Program.

ACTFL OPI and WPT may be taken if no Oklahoma Subject Area Test (OSAT) exists. Minimum passing standard: Intermediate/High (OPI and WPT)

Native American Languages:
Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the Native American Language sought through an assessment determined by a federally-recognized tribe or tribal entity.

Applying to the State
In most states, teachers must apply to the state Individually or through their local School District, or Teacher Program Institution. Requirements for the application are outlined below:

Application Submission: Individual
Form at:
Form Mailing Address:
Oklahoma Alternative Placement Program
2500 North Lincoln Boulevard
Room 212
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Copy of First Aid/Adult/Child CPR:
Varies by District

Copy of Academic Transcripts: Required

Copy of International Records: Required
Transcript Evaluation Required

Background Check
Online at:

Renewal: Nonrenewable
The professional education component and Oklahoma Professional Teaching Exam (OPTE) must be completed within three years of initial certification. Therefore, the initial certificate is not renewable.

All certificate holders must be in compliance with Oklahoma state income tax laws before a teaching certificate can be issued or renewed.


All first-time credentialed Oklahoma teachers are required to have on file with the Oklahoma State Board of Education (OSBE) a current Oklahoma criminal history record from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) as well as a national fingerprint-based criminal history record provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Fee = $59

For more information refer to Alternative Placement Information Packet.

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Published On: 08/27/2017 1:00:00 AM

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