Tulsa Community College provides the first two years of the four-year degree required to enter the career of teaching in an Oklahoma public/private common school. The Pre-K through grade 12 certification is overseen by the Oklahoma State Department of Education whose definition of grade certification is important to determine your program of study. Early Childhood is defined as Pre-K through 3rd grade, Elementary is grades 3 through 8 and Secondary encompasses both middle school and high school or grades 6-12.
After an Education major has completed all required general education courses, he/she must take the Oklahoma General Education Test, prior to admission to a College of Teacher Education at a four-year university. Visit with a TCC Advisement Office on any campus for information about the OGET.
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education is the national accrediting association for teacher education. The Council requires that students in teacher education programs at four-year universities complete a portfolio regarding experiences they have had in the classroom and/or laboratory settings. Though each four-year university’s requirements are similar, it is best to check with your transfer university about their specific requirements. Information about portfolios will be discussed in CHLD 2042 or 2052 Early Field Experience in Teaching, required for all Pre-Education majors.
Before enrolling in CHLD 2042 or 2052 students must pass a Criminal Background Investigation. Students are responsible for obtaining the Criminal Background Investigation packet from the Child Development Division Office at West Campus, following the instructions provided within the packet, and paying the required fee. Once the Child Development Division at West Campus has been notified that a student has received Criminal Background and Sex Offender clearance, the division office will notify the student by mail that he/she may enroll in CHLD 2042 or 2052.
To receive an A.A. or A.S. Degree, students must demonstrate computer proficiency.
Students should work with an academic counselor at TCC’s West Campus to carefully select courses that will meet the requirements of both the TCC associate degree program and the baccalaureate program at the four-year university you plan to attend.
University Transfer Degree Information
Students should work closely with an academic advisor each semester to make certain you are enrolled in the correct courses for your degree program, especially if you are planning to transfer to a four-year college or university. Students are encouraged to begin a dialogue with their intended transfer schools as early as possible. Early coordination between TCC academic advisors and advisors from selected four-year institutions can streamline the transfer process. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that he/she understands the program/ admission/transfer requirements for the transfer school.