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Educator Preparation


OEQA, in collaboration with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE), and representatives from Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs), provides an exemplary system for the approval and accreditation of teacher education programs. This peer-review approach emphasizes performance-based criteria and assessments, focusing on the practical demonstrations of teacher candidates within classroom settings.

Teacher candidates develop proficient skills based on ten general teacher competencies, which include subject-area standards aligned with national guidelines. Early childhood, elementary, and special education candidates develop broad skills and knowledge while also engaging in subject-area concentrations. Secondary candidates focus their skill and knowledge development in specific content subjects. Teacher candidates begin applying and refining their skills early in their programs, gaining experience in diverse classroom settings alongside experienced mentor teachers. Throughout their journey, EPP faculty systematically assess candidates’ skills, ensuring their continual growth and readiness for the demands of the teaching profession. 

Last Modified on Apr 29, 2024