Welcome to UCO! This webpage includes a number of Frequently Asked Questions and the answers to help make your transition to UCO's Teacher Education program a smooth one.
That’s easy... The Teacher Education Handbook will likely answer many of your questions regarding the Teacher Education program.
PTE 3023: Foundations of American Education in the Department of Educational Sciences, Foundations & Research (formerly named Professional Teacher Education) focuses on the historical, philosophical, political and social influences on education in the United States.
Additionally, this course is the introductory class for Teacher Education and will help familiarize you with the requirements for the program. It has a 30-hour field experience requirement in addition to the scheduled class times. Field experience hours must be completed during week days, typically between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m school hours. You may concurrently take other courses in your major as long as you meet the prerequisites.
You will need to talk to ALL of the following: (1) your undergraduate advisor needs to review the University Core classes, (2) education department chairs need to review the education courses and (3) your program coordinator needs to review your content area courses. See the next four bolded questions and their responses (below) to find out with whom you need to schedule an appointment.
Please see UCO’s Academic Advisement website for the most current list of advisors.
The following classes are required by UCO to meet the State Regents’ 4x12 requirements for Early Childhood, Elementary Education and Special Education Majors. Only courses completed with a grade of "C" or better will satisfy the requirements for Admission to Teacher Education and/or to Student Teaching. Talk to your major advisor at UCO to see if courses from other institutions will transfer for 4x12 courses.
For the classes you will request we substitute in place of our Teacher Education courses, please gather the following documents:
Please note UCO’s Teacher Education protocol for approving course substitutions requires the following:
Additionally, please note:
Please look at the degree sheet for your major as listed in UCO’s most current catalog.
Determine which UCO course(s) you are requesting to be substituted with your past university’s work.For courses beginning with... Make an appointment with... FACS, OCTE Dr. Candy Sebert
IME, READDr. Cheryl Evans
SPEDDr. Barbara Green ECED, ELED Dr. Paulette Shreck PTE Dr. Diane H. Jackson HLTH, KINS, PHED Dr. Debra Traywick ENG, HIST, MATH, BIO, ART, MUS, etc.
Please contact the appropriate program coordinator who can best provide current information about your major coursework and initial preparation as a teacher.If your major is... Make an appointment with the program coordinator... Department Art Education (K-12) Dr. Oksun Lee Art Dance Education (K-12) Ms. Hui Poos Dance Early Childhood Education Dr. Kelly Baker Curriculum & Instruction Elementary Education Dr. Keith Higa Curriculum & Instruction English Education (6-12) Dr. Laura Bolf-Beliveau English Family & Consumer Sciences Dr. Candy Sebert Adult Education & Safety Sciences History Education (6-12) Dr. Justin Olmstead History Math Education (6-12) Dr. Carol Lucas Math Modern Languages Education (K-12) Dr. Teresa Moinette Modern Languages Music (Instrumental; K-12) Mr. Jeff Kidwell Music Music (Vocal; K-12) Dr. Darla Eshelman Music Physical Education (K-12) Ms. Stephanie Canada-Phillips Kinesiology & Health Studies Science Education (6-12) Dr. Elizabeth Allan Biology Special Education (Mild/Moderate & Severe/Profound; K-12) Dr. Barbara Green Advanced Professional & Special Services Speech-Language Pathology Dr. Linda Sealey-Holtz Advanced Professional & Special Services Theatre/Communication Education Ms. Carrie Hill Theatre Trade & Industrial Education Dr. Len Bogner Adult Education & Safety Sciences
Please see the next round of deadlines for relevant Teacher Education applications:
You should apply to Admission to Teacher Education as soon as you have completed (or will complete by the end of the current semester) ALL of the following requirements:
A comprehensive guide to our Teacher Education program, the Teacher Education Handbook, and the most current deadlines are provided online:
For additional information, please contact the appropriate UCO professional:If your questions, concern, and/or needs are regarding... Speak to/make an appointment with... Department General Information—Certification Test Dates, Deadlines, Background Check Information, etc. Ms. Jan Anderson or Ms. Kristy Farris, Administrative Assistants Teacher Education Services Field Experiences, Admission to Teacher Education or Teacher Certification & Testing Ms. Karen Davis, Coordinator Teacher Education Services Urban Teacher Preparation Academy, School Partnerships & Teacher Residency Dr. Kim Pennington, Coordinator Teacher Education Services Admission to Student Teaching Ms. Cindy Howard, Coordinator Teacher Education Services Pass-Port, the Teacher Education Electronic Portfolio Mr. Jace Knox, Coordinator Teacher Education Services
Programs differ in the number of hours they require due to practica and/or service learning activities. The program coordinator for your major can provide the details of field experience expectations. However, the following list provides the minimal field experience hours required of all UCO Teacher Education majors:
Please contact Dr. Diane H. Jackson, Chair of Educational Sciences, Foundations & Research. To substitute for PTE 3023 or 4533 hours, the field experiences must have been completed in the P-12 school setting in conjunction with coursework similar to what is provided in either/both of these PTE courses. Other requirements for substitutions may exist, as well. Field hours completed as part of a service project outside the P-12 school setting, such as at a summer camp, etc., are not eligible for substitution.
Yes! In order for you to be placed in a field experience, you must clear a national certified background check with no felonies, period, and with no misdemeanors that are a cause of concern for working with children. Before being cleared to visit any school site as a part of UCO teacher training, you must “pass” the background check, print off the first four pages of your score report and submit it to Teacher Education Services in the Education Building, Room 207. Please ask your program coordinator and/or course professors when you should complete the background check process. Contact the Teacher Education Services Office (405-974-5710) for more details.
All students who are entering freshmen, transferring to an Oklahoma institution from out of state, or enrolling in a certification program beginning fall 1997 and thereafter are required to meet the foreign language competency. The foreign language competency must be met prior to Admission to Student Teaching.
The competency requirement is limited to speaking and listening only. The foreign language competency at the novice-high level can be met in the following ways:
Yes! The Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation requires that all State Teacher Education programs have an electronic portfolio.
One of the first things to do after transferring to UCO will be to talk to the program coordinator who oversees your major. Ask when you need to purchase the Pass-Port electronic portfolio account.
To acquire your Pass-Port account, you will need to visit the UCO website. You will login using your UCONNECT as the username and passport as the password. If you experience problems or are unable to create an account, please visit the Education Building Room 112. You will be required to purchase a subscription and your receipt will be sent to your university email account. Currently, the cost is $38 per year with discounts for purchasing multiple-year subscriptions.
Once you have successfully purchased your account and changed your password, you are advised to visit the Pass-Port support computer lab located in the Education 112 for training. If you need additional assistance, please visit the Pass-Port support site.
[Note: Typically, Pass-Port licenses must be purchased during PTE 3023: Foundations of American Education OR, for those substituting the Foundations course from another university, the Pass-Port license must be purchased during your first Teacher Education courses at UCO. Again, talk to your program coordinator.]
The following exams are required by the deadlines noted:
For more information regarding testing requirements, time frames and constraints, competencies and study guides, cost and locations, etc., see this website.
[Note: Students must make sure to save their test results on a computer hard drive, flash drive, etc. There is a minimal charge for replacing lost test results.]
[Note: Scholarships are available to all students starting in the first semester that they are enrolled in and taking classes at UCO. Scholarships are not given to transfer students prior to their first full semester. Students who apply for and receive scholarships must be returning to classes at UCO the following fall semester. Please visit this page for more information.]
Please contact the appropriate sponsor(s) who can best provide current information about opportunities with these organizations.Teacher Education-Related Organizations Get more information from... Department Student Oklahoma Education Association (SOEA) Dr. Susan Scott Educational Sciences, Foundations & Research Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) Dr. Diane Jackson