To prepare highly qualified teachers, particularly from under-represented ethnic groups and especially from American Indian tribes, who truly make the difference in the classroom and in the lives of their students through:
- Outstanding scholarship and rich knowledge base
- Appreciation of and adaptation to diverse learners
- Community involvement as it relates to education
- Professionalism and high ethical standards
Thus, the overall theme of the School of Education is "Teachers Make The Difference" through four components: Scholarship, Diversity, Community, and Professionalism.
Early Childhood Education
The Bacone College Early Childhood Education initial licensure program is designed to prepare inquiring, analytical, and reflective professional educators who can teach in the classroom and lead in the schools. Included in the program is preparation on understanding student learning, working with diverse learners, developing a variety of instructional strategies, creating positive learning environments, and preparing for a collaborative, professional relationship with colleagues and families.
Students enter a program integrating educational theory with classroom practice. Student teaching experiences require the creation of a strong base in which to apply the principles and methods learned in college classes. Beginning with Foundations of Education, students will participate in over 200 hours of field experience prior to their student teaching experience. Throughout their student teaching, prospective teachers work closely with experienced teachers and clinical supervisors observing firsthand the daily rewards and pressures of their profession. Upon successful completion of program requirements and state mandated testing, students are recommended for state licensure for Pre-Kindergarten through Third Grade.
The Bacone Elementary Education program consists of coursework and field experiences leading to a Bachelor of Arts Degree and application for Oklahoma licensure. This program provides a broad academic background and the specific professional education knowledge and skills necessary to prepare teacher candidates to teach children in First through Eighth Grades.
Many courses have extensive fieldwork and are frequently taught at public school sites. Such clinical experiences enable the teacher candidate to observe and assist in school classrooms throughout the college experience. Full-time student teaching provides guidance and support from experienced cooperating teachers and a college supervisor as gradual responsibility is assumed for planning and teaching in an elementary, intermediate or middle school classroom.
Health and Physical Education
The Health & Physical Education program offers students extensive preparation in education courses leading to K-12 certification in the state of Oklahoma, as well as providing students with inclusive preparation in the liberal arts. Students in the Health & Physical Education program gain the knowledge and skills necessary to be an educator who can make a positive difference in the lives of children. The curriculum emphasizes hands-on learning and application through coursework and numerous field experiences. Students have the opportunity to work one-on-one with professors and mentors to hone their skills as a Physical Educator. The Health & Physical Education degree at Bacone is respected both locally and state-wide because of the intensive training students receive at Bacone. Students who complete the Health and Physical Education program will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree and be eligible for state licensure.
Teacher Education General Information
All students in majoring in a degree program that leads to teacher certification are called Teacher Candidates. Teacher Candidates in the School of Education complete the process of Admission to Teacher Education after 45 hours of college credit, a minimum of CGPA of 2.5, a minimum grade of "C" in English Composition I, English Composition II, and Speech, and a passing score on the Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET). Admission to Teacher Education is required for many of the required Professional and Specialization Courses.
All Teacher Candidates are required to maintain a 2.5 CGPA after Admission to Teacher Education, maintain a 2.5 GPA in Professional and Specialization courses with a minimum grade of "C", and develop a Professional Portfolio that demonstrates teaching competency and meets program standards. Teacher Candidates must also meet all requirements at each candidate checkpoint beyond admission to teacher education.
Upon successful completion of Bacone's teacher preparation program and receiving passing scores on the Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET), the Oklahoma Specialty Area Test (OSAT) and the Oklahoma Professional Teaching Examination (OPTE), teacher candidates may apply for an Oklahoma state teaching license in the area of their certification. The license may be converted to a teaching certificate upon the successful completion of a residency year of public school teaching.
A passing score on both the OGET and the OSAT in the area of initial certification is required for student teaching and graduation. A passing score on the OPTE is required before a recommendation is made for teacher licensure.
The Division of Education is accredited through the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation and the Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.