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Alternative Certification

Meet Oklahoma teaching certification requirements, learn to become a better educator and support your school. 

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Program Overview

You have the passion, now you need the training. Whether you’re looking for a career change or wanting to make your teaching role permanent, SNU’s alternative certification plan can help you. This plan was developed to help individuals meet Oklahoma State Department of Education requirements, and help educators become better classroom teachers, which may lead to more career opportunities down the road.  The coursework can also apply to future graduate study!

As you work through this plan, you will have a plan advisor providing advice, tracking your progress, and supporting you every step of the way. Apply today to discover the difference a supportive education can propel you to the next level of your career. 


Have questions about earning your Oklahoma Teaching Certification at SNU? Contact our alternative certification advisor for personalized assistance.

Mikaela Price, Alternative Certification Advisor
School of Education, Southern Nazarene University 


State Approved Alternative Certification Plan

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How it Works

Taking the required  coursework for an Oklahoma Teacher Certification while working full time or raising a family has never been more possible. Here’s why adult students are thriving and reaching their goals at SNU:

  • Classes take place 100% online 
  • Instructors are current administrators- in an area school district
  • Each three credit hour course is six weeks long
  • Students focus on one class at a time before moving on to the next
  • Students study alongside other educators in similar stages of their careers
  • Textbook Butler option allows textbooks to be delivered to your door at the beginning of each class
  • These masters level courses can be applied to future graduate studies (MAEL program only)
  • You can qualify for financial aid when taking two courses in one semester
  • A supportive community of faculty, staff and classmates are here to help you on your journey toward certification


SNU’s alternative certification coursework is designed to prepare you for a successful career as an educator. You will learn about practices that can improve your time in the classroom like leadership skills, teaching skills, and how to best meet student needs.


Credit hours: 3
This course provides an examination of the characteristics of teaching and learning with technology. Students will become proficient in using a variety of computer application tools and in integrating those tools across the curriculum. Students will explore questions related to the sociological, psychological, developmental, and ethical implications of technology use and the appropriate use of advanced computer applications in classrooms. The goal of the course is to not only create a comfort level with the use of instructional technology but also to simply expose students to different possibilities as they expand their knowledge and form their own processes of utilizing technology in their teaching practice. 


Credit hours: 3
This course will cover the intermediate application of educational psychology theories and integrated understandings that can be used to develop more effective instruction.  Students will practice using student interviews and existing information to develop a comprehensive understanding of a student from a wide variety of perspectives (i.e., multicultural, motivational, behavioral, etc.)


Credit hours: 3
This course will address the theoretical frameworks and assessments for consultation and collaboration including paraprofessionals and student families. Professional relationships with teaching faculty will be targeted as academic and behavioral supports are needed to ensure student success.


Credit hours: 3
This online course focuses on three approaches to classroom management: proactive, responsive, and supportive. The candidate will complete and submit the assignments online through Performance Learning systems (PLS). 


Required for Elementary Certification

Credit hours: 3

The focus of this course is on the necessity of using assessment as part of the teaching/learning process. Emphasis is placed on authentic classroom assessment as well as on standardized assessment and the relationship of assessment to standards and learning. Students will develop four types of authentic assessment.


Required for Middle and Secondary Certification

Credit hours: 3
This course will provide teachers with information and experiences that will help them develop and deliver effective instructional programs across four curricular areas in secondary grades (6-12). Major areas of content focus are the nature of the teaching/learning process, including research-based models of instruction, planning, classroom management, learning environments, motivation, and student engagement. Teachers will become familiar with and demonstrate evidence of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions for effective teaching.

Upcoming Start Dates

Don’t wait to make your dreams happen. Begin working toward your goal of becoming a certified teacher as soon as possible with start dates occurring throughout the year! Once accepted, you will be able to set your start for the soonest start date, as space allows, or plan for future enrollment.

ED6523 Classroom Leadership

  • July 6, 2022
  • September 7, 2022
  • January 11, 2023

ED6223 Educational Technology

  • September 7, 2022

ED6553 Reading Assessment and Instruction
(Elementary Education)

  • October 26, 2022

ED6133 Secondary Teaching Methods 
(Middle/Secondary Education)

  • October 26, 2022
  • February 22, 2023

ED6233 Education Psychology

  • April 13, 2022
  • April 12, 2023

ED5043 Collaborative/Interdisciplinary  Teaching Practices

  • April 27, 2022
  • April 26, 2023


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Enrolling at SNU is a simple process. With rolling start dates, there is no need to wait months at a time to begin working toward your teaching certification. Once you have earned your bachelor’s degree with a 2.5 or higher GPA* from an accredited university, take the following steps:

Step 1. Apply for Alternative Certification through the Oklahoma State Department of Education. You may begin the process by calling 405-521-3337 or you see the application and guidelines here.

Step 2. Apply to SNU online at

Step 3. Complete your FAFSA at using school code 003149

Step 4. Send official transcripts to SNU at or ATTN: Mikaela Price, School of Education, Southern Nazarene University, 6729 NW 39th Expressway, Bethany, OK 73008.

Step 5. Submit the following materials to

  • Your course selections on the Alternative Certification Checklist. (Spring 2022)
  • Your course selections on the Alternative Certification Checklist. (Fall 2022-Spring 2023)
  • Your acceptance letter from the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s Alternative Placement Program for Teacher Certification


You will be contacted regarding any supporting materials we may need. Once accepted, we will help you enroll and prepare for success as an adult student at SNU.



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