The Certification Examinations for Oklahoma Educators (CEOEs) are required for anyone wishing to obtain a public teaching certificate in the state of Oklahoma. The applicant chooses the examinations that correspond to the teaching certifications being sought.
There are three different types of certification tests:
1. The Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET)
The OGET consists of 100 selected response questions and one writing assignment. It tests the candidate’s knowledge of general education principles and requires him to utilize critical thinking, written communication, and computation. The OGET is required for every teaching certification in Oklahoma.
2. The Oklahoma Professional Teaching Examination (OPTE)
The OPTE assesses the candidate’s mastery of professional knowledge and skills needed by Oklahoma educators. The OPTE contains 75 selected response questions and three written performance assignments. All aspiring Oklahoma teachers are required to take the OPTE; except for those seeking a paraprofessional credential or they wish to work only with children aged four and younger.
3. Oklahoma Subject Area Tests (OSATs)
The OSATs are designed to test the candidate’s mastery of knowledge on a particular subject. The potential teacher only takes the OSATs that correspond to the subjects he wishes to teach. Please note that paraprofessionals are not required to take OSATs.
Here is a complete list of OSAT subjects:
- Advanced mathematics
- Agricultural education
- Biological sciences
- Blind/visual impairment (this test is for those who wish to teach blind or visually impaired students)
- Business education
- Cherokee language
- Chinese (Mandarin)
- Computer science
- Deaf/hard of hearing (this test is for those who wish to teach deaf or hard of hearing students)
- Driver/safety education
- Early childhood education
- Elementary education (this test includes subtests in reading and language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, health and fitness,
and the arts)
- Elementary principal
- English language
- English as a second language
- Family and consumer sciences
- French language
- German language
- Instrumental/general music
- Latin language
- Library/media specialist
- Marketing education
- Middle school English
- Middle level/intermediate mathematics
- Middle school principal
- Middle school science
- Middle school social studies
- Mild to moderate disabilities (this test is for applicants who wish to teach mild to moderately disabled students)
- Physical education, health, and safety
- Physical science
- Principal (this test is required for those who wish to serve as principal, regardless of the school’s grade level)
- Reading specialist
- Russian language
- School counselor
- School psychologist
- Secondary principal
- Severe and profound and/or multiple disabilities (this test is for applicants who wish to teach students with severe, profound, or multiple disabilities)
- Spanish language
- Speech-language pathologist
- Technology engineering
- United States history, Oklahoma history, government, and economics
- Vocal/general music
- World history and geography
Most OSATs are four hours long and consist of 80 selected response questions and one constructed response assignment. Exceptions are as follows:
- The superintendent OSAT is an eight-hour examination.
- The elementary education OSAT is comprised of two separate subtests: a) reading and language arts with 55 selected response questions and one constructed response assignment, and b) social studies, mathematics, science, health, fitness, and the arts, with 70 selected response questions and no constructed response assignment.
All foreign language OSATs have an oral component.
The blind/visual impairment, marketing education, psychometrist, and speech-language pathologist OSATs each have 100 selected response questions; however, there are no constructed response assignments.