College of Education and Professional Studies

Contact Information

Education Building, Room 207
Phone: (405) 974-5710
Fax: (405) 974-3878

Dr. Bryan Duke
Assistant Dean & Director of Educator Preparation

Mrs. Karen Davis
Coordinator of Field Experiences and Teacher Certification

Mrs. Cynthia Howard
Coordinator of Student Teaching

Dr. Kim Pennington
Coordinator of School Partnerships

Mr. Brett King
Coordinator of Educator Preparation Data Management

Ms. Kristy Farris
Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Jan Anderson
Administrative Assistant


Did You Know?

The College of Education and Professional Studies serves approximately 4,000 student who have declared majors in fields within the college. Approximately one-half of these student majors are in education fields and one-half in "professional studies" fields.


Teacher Education

Field Experiences (FE)

PTE 3023 (FE1)

PTE 4533 (FE2)

 Professional Education Associations

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

NCATE logoThe Professional Education Unit at the University of Central Oklahoma is currently accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation covers both initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs. UCO is a charter member of NCATE and has been continuously accredited since 1954.

July 1, 2013 was the day of the de facto consolidation of NCATE and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), making the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) the new, sole specialized accreditor for educator preparation. UCO's next accreditation visit will be in 2016 conducted by a CAEP review team. We are recognized as an NCATE accredited program until that time.

CAEP logoThe mission of both NCATE and CAEP is accountability and improvement of educator preparation. The accreditation process establishes rigorous standards for educator preparation programs, holds accredited institutions accountable for providing continuous evidence of meeting these standards, and encourages unaccredited schools to demonstrate the quality of their programs by working for and achieving professional accreditation.

Proposed CAEP standards are slated to be approved by its governing board in August 2013. More information about the standards are provided at CAEP standards.

Teacher Education Quality

The University of Central Oklahoma teacher preparation programs have a time-honored tradition of training quality future educators. Our admission standards are the highest in the state and require a maintained grade point average in order to continue in the program. Our talented faculty and staff members who serve our teacher candidates help us reach the standards required by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/ Council of Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP) and have done so for over 50 years. We invite you to take a minute to explore more about the quality of our teacher education programs in the areas of admission, selectivity, and program completers/ graduates, and see why our ever-advancing programs continue to turn out effective educators, year after year.

Performance Assessments