Bacone College Education Department

The Education Department at Bacone College offers degrees in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Family Studies Education. The Department of Education prepares educators for careers in preK-12 education. We develop effective teachers who are critical thinkers, community partners, and educational leaders.

Department Mission

The Department of Education standards are designed to ensure that teacher candidates develop a strong foundation in the liberal arts, a sound knowledge of their discipline, and an understanding of how students learn and develop. Teacher candidates are encouraged to explore, reflect, analyze, and think critically as they develop curriculum; design appropriate assessment procedures with awareness of different learning styles; and strive to create a positive classroom environment that facilitates learning and partnerships with the home, school, and community through a reasonable mastery of communication skills. The Department of Education adheres to the Oklahoma State Standards and the CAEP Elementary Standards.

The Department of Education is accredited through the Office of Education Quality and Accountability (OEQA).

Admission Requirements

All students in the Department of Teacher Education majoring in a degree program that leads to teacher certification are called Teacher Candidates. Teacher Candidates in the Department of Education complete the process of Admission to Teacher Education. Complete a minimum of 45 hours of college credit with a CGPA of 2.5 or higher. (2.75 or higher CGPA required starting 6/1/15 for entry and exit from the program)

  • Demonstrate proficiency in written and oral English as indicated by having a grade of “C” or higher in English Comp I, English Comp II, and Speech.
  • Complete PED 1002 and PED 3003 with a grade of “C” or higher.
  • Pass the Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET) with a score of 240 or higher.
  • Receive an acceptable criminal background check.
  • Receive two (2) Recommendation and Disposition Assessments from General Education Faculty. Scores must be at a developing proficient or proficient level as indicated on the Faculty Recommendation Form.
  • Pass Portfolio Checkpoint # I at a developing proficient or proficient level for all required submissions.
  • Submit documentation of experiences working with children.
  • Submit a typed biographical essay which includes why the teacher candidates want to be teachers and their first and second philosophy of education.

Complete an Application to Teacher Education.

  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills and an understanding of DOE’s Conceptual Framework during a formal interview with the DOE Executive Education Council.
  • Receive a formal letter of approval for admission from the Director of Admission to Teacher Education. Admission to Teacher Education permits students to take DOE courses marked with an asterisk.

Teacher Candidates must also meet all requirements at each candidate checkpoint beyond admission to teacher education. Upon successful completion of Bacone College’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 (PPAT), 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 PPAT is required before a recommendation is made for teacher licensure. Teacher candidates are responsible for paying for their licensure testing. Consult the State Department of Education for current costs.

Graduation Requirements

A minimum of 125 credit hours and 2.5 CGPA are required to graduate. (2.75 or higher CGPA required starting 6/1/15 for entry and exit from the program) All Professional Education and Specialization Courses must have a grade of “C” or above. The Oklahoma General Education Test and the Oklahoma Subject Specific Test must be taken and passed in order to graduate. As of July 1, 2010, early childhood and elementary majors must pass with a minimum of 70% on the Oklahoma Reading Instruction Exam.

Field Experience

Field experiences involve activities outside of the college classroom. These activities align with and supplement course content Field experience includes (but is not limited to) observation in a classroom setting, tutoring students, working with teachers, reading to students, teaching lessons, and working with special needs students in a supervised setting. Field experience concludes with student teaching during the student’s final semester. Field experiences are designed to enrich and expand personal and professional attitudes and knowledge. Observation and hands-on experiences in P-8 settings provide prospective teachers with the pedagogical knowledge, skills, and dispositions essential for becoming effective teachers.

Elementary Field Experience and Clinical Partnership Hours

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

The Bacone Elementary 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 for 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 that focuses on 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 100 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 effective strategies and procedures of the profession. Upon successful completion of program requirements and state mandated testing, students are recommended for state licensure for pre-Kindergarten through 8th Grade.

The Bacone College Elementary Education initial licensure program consists of coursework and field experiences leading to a Bachelor of Arts Degree. This program provides a broad academic background and the specific professional education knowledge and skills necessary to prepare teacher candidates to teach children in pre-Kindergarten through Eighth Grades.

Many courses have extensive fieldwork and are 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 teacher candidates assume responsibility for planning and teaching in an elementary, intermediate or middle school classroom. With a degree in Elementary Education, students can pursue other teaching areas.


Dr. Rebecca Truelove

Rebecca Truelove (who is a member of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma) serves as the chair of both the Division of Professional Learning and Department of Education. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from The University of Texas at El Paso, her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Adams State College and her Doctorate from The University of Montana at Missoula. She spent her career in public education in a rural village in northern New Mexico as a high school English teacher, Director of the 21st CCLC after school program, and the last eight years as a Pre-K through 6th grade principal. She also taught at Northern New Mexico College in Espanola, NM. After retirement and a move back to Oklahoma, she joined the faculty at Bacone College as an adjunct professor. She became part of the full-time faculty in 2017.

Chair, Division of Professional Studies/Assist Professor of Education
Cell Phone: 918-924-7422
Dr. Donna Sharp

Donna Coplon Sharp is in her sixth year of instruction at Bacone College. Previously she taught psychology and sociology at Union High School and Claremore High School for 26 years. She has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Oklahoma State University. Her educational interests include gender issues, girls’ use of social media, and adolescent development.

Chair, Family Studies/Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts and Humanities
Office Phone 918-724-6444