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 program can help you meet the Oklahoma State Department of Education requirements, become a better educator, support your school, and lead to more career opportunities down the road. The coursework can also apply to future graduate study!

As you work through this program, 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. 

What Makes This Program Unique?
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 completely online, allowing students to study at their own pace.
  • Instructors are currently instructors, principals and superintendents add a dimension of understanding to each class session
  • 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.
  • Instructors with vast amounts of education experience guide students through courses.
  • Textbooks can be delivered directly to your door at the beginning of each class.
  • 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.

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: Julie Rickner, 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
  • 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.

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.

2020-2021 Alternative Teacher Certification Plan (PL-2)

We strive to deliver valuable programs to you at an affordable price, with help from financial aid options such as grants, scholarships, tuition assistance, loans, and more.

All tuition and fees are listed below so you can feel confident in your decision to enroll at SNU without unexpected expenses. To learn about resources available to you, visit our financial aid page and connect with a representative to discuss your unique needs.

Program Length: Varies by Student

Tuition: $490 per Credit Hour

Fees: N/A

Textbooks: Students are automatically opted into a rental program that will deliver books to their home address before each course. If desired, students have the option to choose a different plan offered through Tree of Life or opt out of all Tree of Life textbook plans and order books elsewhere.

*Effective June 1, 2020- July 1, 2021

Going back to school for your certification requirements demonstrates a huge commitment to the work you do and your future. Be sure you have all the tools you need to be successful on your educational journey.

The Certification Process
We want to help you succeed on your path to certification. Here are some resources from the Oklahoma State Department of Education to support you on this journey.

Oklahoma State Department of Education Teacher Certification Webpage
Oklahoma Alternative Placement Program for Teacher Certification
Alternative Placement Eval Application
Guidelines for the Alternative Placement Certification Program 

Choosing the Right Program
We want to help you make the decision that will lead you to your goals. Learn how a degree from the right university can position you for success in an ever changing economy.

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Getting Started and Enrolling
Going back to school doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Understand what you need to know when entering the world of academia, like how to finance your degree, how to gather transcripts, and applying for college.

Your Most Pressing Financial Aid Questions Answered
Everything You Need to Know about College Transcripts

Succeeding as an Adult Student
Many adults have thrived at SNU at all of our locations, including online. See some of these resources to learn how they have done it and prepare yourself to do the same!

How to Get Energy for Class
Use These Resources to Succeed as an Adult Student
Five FREE Time Management Tools for Adult Students
How to Excel as a Student with a Full-Time Job
How Adult Students Can Achieve Work-Life Balance
10 Must-Use Apps for Adult College Students

Succeeding as a Military Student
You’ve served your country, and that gives you a unique view of the world, approach education and the benefits you receive as an adult student. Our VETS Center is fully-staffed and here to assist students as they return to school, and we also share veteran-specific information on our blog. See some of the resources below or contact our VETS Center directly if you would like further support.

VA Headaches? Here’s What the Best Universities for Veterans Offer
Top 4 Financial Aid Options for Veterans You Don’t Have to Pay Back
What Are Your Options for VA Education Benefits?
What Veterans Need to Know Before Going Back to School
How SNU Serves Veterans

Looking for more ways to make the most of your educational investment? Get free ebooks on topics important to adult students, information-rich infographics, and regular tips on succeeding as an adult student on our blog.

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

Julie Rickner
Alternative Certification Advisor
School of Education
Southern Nazarene University


Julie Rickner
AltCert/Troops to Teachers
School of Education