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Troops to Teachers

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Program Overview

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 fulfill 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.

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8
week course format
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2
start dates per year
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Tuition
490
per credit hour

How it Works

  • 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.
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Courses

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.

CLASSROOM LEADERSHIP

Credit hours: 3This 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).

READING ASSESSMENT AND INSTRUCTION

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 Elementary Certification

SECONDARY TEACHING METHODS

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.

*Required for Middle and Secondary Certification

Upcoming Start Dates

 

Admission Steps 

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 degrees.snu.edu/apply

Step 3. Complete your FAFSA at fafsa.gov using school code 003149

Step 4. Send official transcripts to SNU at jrickner@snu.edu or ATTN: Julie Rickner, School of Education, Southern Nazarene University, 6729 NW 39th Expressway, Bethany, OK 73008.

Step 5. Submit the following materials to jrickner@snu.edu.

  • 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.

Locations

 

Online

Online classes are specially
designed for professional &
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Phone: +1 (405) 491-6332
pgs@snu.edu

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