The School of Education equips students to be educators by providing a strong foundation in the liberal arts, educational theory and practice, specific academic disciplines, and by affirming a Christian worldview. This worldview encourages the pursuit of truth, the calling of teaching, and the worth of all persons. Out of love for Christ, we seek to foster vitality and integrity in all facets of life: spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, and moral.

Our aim is to build effective educators with a Christian perspective.

The Degrees

Professors

Stacy Gerth

Assistant Professor of Education

Jeffrey Keeney

Dean, School of Education

Keri Bostwick

Assistant Professor, M.Ed. Director

Amanda Dickinson

Physical Education Professor

Curtis Williams

Instructor/Athletic Trainer

Charissa Dunn

Assistant Professor of Education, Field Director

Bob Bonner

Professor, Dean Emeritus

Accreditation

OKWU is regionally accredited as an institution by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). The Teacher Education Program at OKWU is fully accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE, or Council for Accreditation of Education Preparation, CAEP). Furthermore, the Teacher Education Program is approved by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation (OCTP) and by the Oklahoma State Department of Education for teacher education on the early childhood, elementary, middle school, and secondary levels. OKWU certification test results are available by request from the School of Education by calling 918-335-6227.

Biology Education

The Bachelor of Science degree in Biology Education prepares one for certification for teaching in grades 6 – 12 in Biology. The curriculum meets the standards of the Oklahoma Commission on Teacher Preparation and the Oklahoma State Department of Education and is nationally accredited through NCATE/CAEP. The curriculum includes general education courses, professional education courses, and specialized biology courses. The capstone for this degree is one semester of student teaching in an upper-level classroom under the supervision of a certified teacher.

Early Childhood Education

The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education prepares one for certification in early childhood educational programs serving children from conception through grade 2. The curriculum meets the standards of the Oklahoma Commission on Teacher Preparation and the Oklahoma State Board of Education and is nationally accredited through NCATE/CAEP. The capstone for this degree is one semester of student teaching at a lower elementary school under the supervision of a certified teacher.

Elementary Education

The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education prepares one for certification in elementary education for grades 1-8. The curriculum meets the standards of the Oklahoma Commission on Teacher Preparation and the Oklahoma State Board of Education and is nationally accredited through NCATE/CAEP. The curriculum includes general education courses, professional education courses, and specialized courses. The capstone for this degree is one semester of student teaching in an elementary (1-8) classroom under the supervision of a certified teacher.

English Education

The Bachelor of Arts degree in English Education prepares one for certification in English Education for teaching in grades 6 – 12. The curriculum meets the standards of the Oklahoma Commission on Teacher Preparation and the Oklahoma State Department of Education is nationally accredited through NCATE/CAEP. The curriculum includes general education courses, professional education courses, and specialized English courses. The capstone for this degree is one semester of student teaching in an upper-level classroom under the supervision of a certified teacher.

Exercise Science

The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science has 3 different degree plans: a Pre-Therapy Option, a Clinical Fitness Program Management Option, and a Non-Clinical Fitness Program Management Option. All three degree plans require Exercise Science courses, but it depends on the degree plan whether or not supporting courses focus on higher level math and science courses, finance and marketing, or some psychology courses. Professor Curtis Williams can help explain the differences and help candidates choose the right option.

Mathematics Education

The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education prepares one for certification in teaching math for grades 6 – 12. The curriculum meets the standards of the Oklahoma Commission on Teacher Preparation and the Oklahoma State Board of Education and is nationally accredited through NCATE/CAEP. The curriculum includes general education course, professional education courses, and specialized mathematics courses. The capstone for this degree is one semester of student teaching in an upper-level classroom under the supervision of a certified teacher.

Music Education – Vocal

The Bachelor of Science in Music Education prepares one for certification in general music (with a specialization in vocal music) for teaching in grades K-12. The curriculum meets the standards of the Oklahoma Commission on Teacher Preparation and the Oklahoma State Board of Education and is nationally accredited through NCATE/CAEP. The curriculum includes general education courses, professional education courses, and specialized music courses. The capstone for this degree is one semester of student teaching in both elementary and upper-level school classrooms under the supervision of certified music teachers.

Physical Education

The Bachelor of Science in Health/Physical Education prepares one for certification for teachers in positions in public schools, private schools, or other institutions (K-12). The curriculum meets the standards of the Oklahoma Commission on Teacher Preparation and the Oklahoma State Board of Education and is nationally accredited through NCATE/CAEP. The curriculum includes general education courses, professional education courses and specialized physical education courses. The capstone for this degree is one semester of student teaching in both elementary and upper-level school classrooms under the supervision of certified PE teachers.

Social Studies Education

The Bachelor of Science in Social Studies Education prepares one for certification in teaching social studies for grades 6- 12. The curriculum meets the standards of the Oklahoma Commission on Teacher Preparation and the Oklahoma State Board of Education and is nationally accredited through NCATE/CAEP. The curriculum includes general education courses, professional education courses, and specialized social studies courses. The capstone for this degree is one semester of student teaching in an upper-level school classroom under the supervision of a certified teacher.