College of Education and Professional Studies

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The College of Education and Professional Studies regularly hosts professional conferences in disciplinary areas related to programs in the college. This represents one vehicle for connecting our students, faculty, and staff members to the broader professional communities we serve.


Educational Sciences, Foundations & Research

(Formerly Professional Teacher Education)

Welcome to the Department of Educational Sciences, Foundations & Research (ESFR) in the College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of Central Oklahoma! The ESFR Department collaborates with other education programs at UCO in preparing teachers for certification and/or graduation through the Undergraduate Professional Sequence—courses providing the foundations and pedagogies of teaching, as well as field work. 

At the graduate level, the department offers a Master of Education in Secondary Education. This program has two “pathways”:  one that is uniquely designed to deepen content knowledge while advancing the pedagogical strategies of traditionally-certified teachers, and the other that is personally tailored for the inexperienced (and/or future) teachers that provides fundamental teaching strategies prior to more advanced applications of instructional practice. The second path is designed particularly for those who have an interest in or who are fulfilling requirements of Oklahoma’s alternative teacher certification process. Both pathways provide scholarly graduate experiences, including practical applications and research and service opportunities, in order to advance program completers’ abilities to be reflective, responsive, and resourceful educators.

The department has eleven full-time faculty members, all who have earned doctorates in Education and/or Philosophy in the areas of curriculum and instruction, educational psychology, applied behavioral studies, foundations of education, or educational leadership and policy studies. Additionally, department faculty all have years of experience as teachers, counselors and/or administrators at the early childhood, elementary, middle and/or high school levels.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Admission Information:

Degree programs and certification preparation programs offered:

Programs

Certification Preparation Programs

  • Undergraduate Students
    Students in undergraduate teacher certification programs at the University of Central Oklahoma are required to complete courses in the Undergraduate Professional Sequence as part of their total program. For more information, view PTE course offerings in the UCO undergraduate catalog. UCO undergraduate teacher education students with certification questions should contact Ms. Karen Davis, Certification Analyst/Residency Coordinator, in EDU 207, 405-974-5710. Information about the Certification Examinations for Oklahoma Educators can be found on the website of the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation.
  • Graduate Students
    The Master of Education in Secondary Education does not grant teacher certification. However, the program does provide coursework and professional experiences that assist students in meeting the requirements of the State of Oklahoma for alternative certification. For information on routes to non-traditional teacher certification visit the Oklahoma State Department of Education website.

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Contact Information

Department offices are located in the Center for Transformative Learning, Suite 206.

Department of Educational Sciences, Foundations & Research
College of Education & Professional Studies
University of Central Oklahoma
100 N University Dr
Edmond, OK 73034-5209

  • Department Phone Number: 405-974-5431
  • Department Fax Number: 405-974-3830
  • Campus Mail Box Number: 206
  • Department Chair: Dr. Diane H. Jackson
  • Administrative Assistant: Ms. JoAnn Morton