SWOSU Offering Non-Traditional Route to Special Education Teacher Certification

The Southwestern Oklahoma State University Department of Education has been designated as a “Special Education Boot Camp Provider” by the State Department of Education and the university will offer boot camp courses (mainly online) this summer on the Weatherford campus.

Due to a teacher shortage in special education, Oklahoma House Bill 1233 provides for a non-traditional route to special education teacher certification.  Potential applicants must meet the following criteria: 

  • Earned any four-year degree from an institution of higher education
  • Have a grade point average of 2.75 or higher from a previous degree program
  • Recommendation from a representative at an institution of higher education
  • Pass a national background check
  • Commit to complete a Master’s Degree or certification in special education

Interested candidates must make application through the SWOSU Department of Education.

SWOSU will offer summer boot camp courses in a blended format; the majority of coursework will be completed online and candidates will be on-campus for workshops on June 4 and July 23.  The remaining courses in the M.Ed. program will also be offered in an online and/or blended format.

For additional information, contact Tracy Henry at tracy.henry@swosu.edu or 580.774.3197.