Troops to Teachers Courses

As a veteran, service and leadership are in your DNA. Stepping into a classroom setting to prepare the next generation for their futures is one way you can put the skills you gained during your time in service to use. The Troops to Teachers program streamlines the path to teaching certification for veterans so you can prepare for your next career. Established in 1993, the program assists transitioning service members and veterans in new careers in public, charter, and Bureau of Indian Affairs schools.

Because of your service and the skills you gained, you are only required to take six credit hours of coursework to fulfil the education component of the Oklahoma teaching certification. Let SNU help you meet this requirement while taking one course at a time online in a schedule that works for you.

Apply today to begin your journey toward your second career in service.

What Makes This Program Unique?

Earning 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:

  • SNU’s VETS Center provides support to veteran students as they pursue higher education.
  • Classes take place completely online, allowing students to study at their own pace.
  • 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.


Courses Offered:

The Troops to Teacher program requires six credit hours of coursework. All students are required to take Classroom Leadership and may choose from an additional two courses based on the type of certification they would like to gain.

Credit hours: 3

This 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.

Application Process


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 are ready, 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 can 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 Troops to Teachers 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 degree 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
Spring January 13- February 17, 2021

ED6553 Reading Assessment and Instruction (for Elementary Education)
Spring February 24 – April 07, 2021

ED6133 Secondary Teaching Methods (for Middle/Secondary Education)
Spring February 24 – April 07, 2021


Program Costs

We strive to deliver valuable programs to you at an affordable price, with help from your military benefits and 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.

Succeeding as a Military Student
You’ve served your country, and that gives you a unique view of the world and approach to education. It also affects 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

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.

Troops to Teachers in Oklahoma Information
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 

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 courses, 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

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


Julie Rickner
AltCert/Troops to Teachers
School of Education