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Alternative Certification Candidates Testing Requirements
Once eligibility for the program has been verified in a written memorandum from the Oklahoma Alternative Placement Program, the law requires candidates pass the Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET) and the Oklahoma Subject Area Test (OSAT).
In addition to the OGET and the OSAT, a Professional Teaching Exam (OPTE) is required. The law does not require the OPTE be passed prior to receiving licensure, but it does have to passed before a standard teaching certificate can be granted. Please refer to the Oklahoma State Department of Education Alternative Placement Program at (405) 521-2062 for the timelines on completing the OPTE.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. How do I register for the test?
A. Test registration is done online through the CEOE web site.
Q. I have been approved for a particular subject are (ie. science). In which areas can I test?
A. Please refer to the OSAT Testing Requirements on the CEOE web site.
Q. I really want to teach a subject other then the area I was approved, can I test in another area and be able to teach that subject?
A. Once the initial requirements for alternative certification have been met you may test in any additional subject area offered through the Alternative Placement Program that do not require a master's degree. NOTE: Effective November 1, 2009 Early Childhood, Elementary Education, and Special Education require completing an approved program through an Oklahoma institution as well as passing the OSAT.
Q. Where can I get study guides?
A. Study guides can be downloaded for free from the CEOE web site.
Q. I have taken and passed the OGET and the OSAT, what do I do now?
A. Once the OGET and OSAT have been passed you will need to contact the Oklahoma State Department of Education Alternative Placement Program at (405) 521-2062 to complete the steps for certification.