Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education


100 Ellsworth Collings Hall
Norman, OK 73019-2041
Phone: (405) 325-1081
FAX: (405) 325-7390
Internet: http://education.ou.edu/

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General Information

Administrative Officers

Gregg Garn, Ph.D., Dean 
Teresa K. DeBacker, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Professional Education 
Lawrence Baines, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research 
Sherry Cox, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Undergraduate Advising 

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Science in Education
  • Master of Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Education

HISTORY

One of the stated purposes of the University of Oklahoma when founded in 1890 was the study of the “art of teaching.” However, education as a field of study did not become a priority until Stratton D. Brooks assumed the presidency of the University. Under Brooks’ leadership, education first became a field of study (1909), then a school of study in the College of Arts and Sciences (1910), and finally an independent school (1920). Brooks brought Warren Waverly Phelan from Baylor University in 1912 to serve as the first director of the school. Phelan served until 1926. 

In 1929, the School of Education became the College of Education under the direction of Ellsworth Collings, who had been director of the School of Education. He served until 1945, and eight deans have served the College of Education since Collings. The current dean is Gregg Garn, appointed in 2012. 

The College of Education was reorganized in 1986 into three departments: the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, the Department of Educational Psychology, and the Department of Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum. The college currently has more than 700 undergraduate and 800 graduate students who are pursuing degrees and/or certification. The College offers Bachelors, Master’s, Ph.D., and Ed.D. degrees; it is second only to the College of Arts and Sciences in the number of doctoral degrees awarded.

MISSION STATEMENT

The primary mission of the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education is to promote inquiry and practices that foster democratic life and that are fundamental to the interrelated activities of teaching, research, and practice in the multi-disciplinary field of education.

Programs and Facilities

Programs and Special Facilities of the College


TE-Plus Teacher Education Program

The Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education’s teacher preparation program is “TE-PLUS — Teacher Education: Professionalism, Leadership, Understanding, and Scholarship.” The program includes General Education, Professional Education and Specialized Education  coursework and experiences. Depending upon the program area, coursework in both Professional and Specialized Education includes extensive field experiences in a variety of educational settings.

After students complete the teaching internship and research component and pass all state certification exams, they will be recommended to the State Department of Education for initial licensure. The exams required for program completion and licensure include Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET), Oklahoma Subject Area Test (OSAT), and Oklahoma Professional Teaching Examination (OPTE).

3The Oklahoma Writing Project 

The Writing Project, directed by Priscilla Griffith, is devoted to improving the quality of composition instruction in elementary and secondary schools. The program, which has professionally prepared more than 500 educators as teacher consultants, is part of the National Writing Project, a network of university school programs across the nation. The OWP Teacher Consultants then travel to schools throughout the state, presenting in-service workshops to assist other educators in developing students’ writing performance. 

Zarrow Center for Learning Enrichment 

The Zarrow Center for Learning Enrichment at the University of Oklahoma studies transition, self-determination, and post-secondary education of youth and adults with disabilities and those at risk for school failure. Masters and doctoral students who conduct research at the Zarrow Center learn skills to become future educational leaders. Faculty and students disseminate their work through books, articles, teaching materials, classes, workshops, and professional presentations. An endowment from the Zarrow Family Foundation of Tulsa funds the Zarrow Center activities. 

Center for Educational Development and Research (CEDaR)

The Center for Educational Development and Research (CEDaR) provides support for the research and scholarship of faculty and graduate students in the College of Education. Its work includes data services, academic editing, survey design and administration, and grant-writing support. In addition, CEDaR regularly sponsors workshops on research related software. 

The K20 Center for Educational and Community Renewal

The K20 Center for Educational and Community Renewal is a consortium of school-university-community partnerships committed to improving student achievement and democratic citizenship through authentic teaching, technology integration, and cooperative networking. It is an interdisciplinary, university-wide center with a focus on educational and community renewal in the U.S. and internationally. The K20 Center proposes a model addressing the needs of children and families through interactive, action-oriented partnerships among schools, families, universities, and community and government agencies. The K20 Center brings teachers, administrators, students, parents, school board members, community members, business leaders, information technologists, university faculty and students together to share ideas, observe best practices, identify and analyze problems, and develop strategies for improved teaching, learning, and community life. 

The Counseling Psychology Clinic

The Counseling Psychology Clinic is a training facility for the Counseling Psychology, Community Counseling, and School Counseling graduate programs and offers instructional, counseling and assessment services to all Oklahomans. The purpose of the OU Counseling Psychology Clinic is to provide services to individuals, couples, families, and children involving various problems of living. Counseling services are charged on a sliding scale, based on familial income and the number of dependents. In addition to therapy, counselors provide psychological assessment services for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Anyone currently living in Oklahoma can come to the clinic for services. University affiliation is not necessary to receive services. For an appointment, call (405)-325-2914. 

The Hardman Center 

The Hardman Center for Children with Learning Differences was created through a gift from Ruth G. Hardman, a long-time Tulsa resident known for her philanthropy and interest in literacy and education. The Hardman Center has a dual mission of outreach across the state to assist parents, teachers, and schools in helping children with learning differences be more successful in school, and of applied research to close the gap between best and current practices in literacy education. 

The Institute of Child Development 

The Institute of Child Development, which serves approximately 50 children from the Norman and University communities, has been accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs. Working with children from 2–5 years old, the Institute meets a variety of strict standards, including providing activities appropriate for preschool children, having an adequate student-staff ratio, meeting stringent health and safety standards, and providing opportunities for parental involvement. The OU Institute of Child Development was in the first group of licensed child care facilities in the United States to be accredited.

John W. Renner Science Education Center

The Science Education Center’s mission is to continue to be at the forefront of science education research while preparing teachers and professionals for lasting scholarly work and personal development in order to improve upon science education. 

Academic Advising Center 

The Academic Advising Center serves as an advising and information center for undergraduate and graduate certification only students in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education. This office maintains records on all students pursuing teacher education. Students must consult their adviser before they will be cleared to enroll in classes. Advising occurs before advanced registration begins each semester. Students are encouraged to consult with their adviser about matters pertaining to their degree program and certification requirements. The office is located in room 137 Ellsworth Collings Hall (ECH). For an appointment, call (405) 325-2238. 

Student Organizations

Student Organizations


ASSOCIATION OF ADULT, HIGHER EDUCATION, AND DEVELOPMENT (AHEAD)

AHEAD is a graduate student organization that works to aid its members’ personal and professional development through informing and encouraging participation in opportunities in the field of Higher Education. AHEAD also serves as a social organization that helps encourage building relationships across all areas in EDAH. The organization consists of an executive board that is modeled off of a leadership structure found in many national organizations within the field. The board collectively governs the direction of the organization with collaboration with all members. 

THE COUNSELING STUDENT ASSOCIATION (CSA)

The Counseling Student Association aids the entry of graduate students into the professions of Counseling Psychology, Community Counseling, and School Counseling through such activities as mentoring new students, arranging colloquia, and providing input into program curricula and governance. 

DEAN’S STUDENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (DSAC)

The presidents of all of the undergraduate student organizations in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education comprise the Dean’s Student Advisory Committee. Student leaders meet with the dean once a month to discuss current issues in the college and ways to improve their educational experience. The committee organizes several college events throughout the year, including the college-wide picnic, homecoming parade, Sooner Saturday, and the Scholastic Book Fair. Meetings are open to all interested students. 

DIVERSITY APPRECIATION GROUP (DAG)

Diversity Appreciation Group (DAG) is a student-run group that is part of the Counseling Student Association. Its main objective is to create a forum in which students and faculty can explore and discuss beliefs, values and behaviors in relation to others who are different in terms of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, physical and mental abilities, socio-economic status, and other differences. Activities and cultural events are organized to help participants challenge their own biases. 

EDPSYCH GRADUATE ORGANIZATION (EGO)

The purposes of the EGO are to collect, organize, and disseminate information to all graduate students in the Department of Educational Psychology regarding department news; scholarship, fellowship, assistantship, and research opportunities; employment opportunities; and social gatherings. A further purpose of the group is to serve as a hub for networking and establishing support systems. The group serves as a colloquia from which to learn about the latest theories, ideas, technologies, and practices within the specific areas of Instructional Psychology and Technology, the Counseling Programs, and Special Education. The group also serves as an agency from which to invite outside or local speakers on relevant subjects. Further, the group fosters understanding, cooperation, and collaboration between the specific areas of focus within Educational Psychology. 

Graduate Student Council

The Graduate Student Council exists to discuss issues and concerns from the graduate students of the College, and serve as liaisons between the Dean’s office and the graduate student organizations. The Council meets monthly during the academic year with the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, and its members are involved in programs and projects that support graduate student representation and community in the College. The Council consists of a representative from each of the College’s Graduate Student Organizations: AHEAD, CSA, EGO, ILAC, OESA and NSTA.

KAPPA DELTA PI (KDP)

Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education, recognizes outstanding contributions to education and encourages professional fellowship. Membership is by invitation and is offered for undergraduate and graduate education students who exhibit sound scholarship (a GPA of at least 3.25), commendable personal qualities, and worthy educational ideals.

Oklahoma Sooners National Science Teachers Association Student Chapter (NSTA)

The Oklahoma Sooners National Science Teachers Association Student Chapter is a registered student organization at OU and an official student chapter of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). The purpose of our chapter is to advocate the mission of NSTA, which is to promote excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all; to acquaint preservice teachers of science with the support resources available from NSTA; to provide additional professional development in science education to preservice teachers; and to create a network of preservice teacher at universities or colleges across the world. Benefits of the student chapter include a free one-year NSTA electronic student membership and opportunities to gain leadership skills, to enhance career growth, to network with peers and experienced science teachers and educators, and to support science education.

OKLAHOMA EDUCATIONAL STUDIES ASSOCIATION (OESA)

OESA is an academic organization founded in 2001 to support graduate students and faculty in Education studies. Membership in OESA is open to all graduate students and faculty at the University of Oklahoma who are involved in educational inquiry in good academic standing, and committed to high quality scholarship and inquiry in the various fields of education. Education Studies derives its character and methods from a number of academic disciplines and area studies, including history, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, religion, politics and law, cultural studies, gender studies and educational policy studies. 

THE STUDENT COUNCIL FOR EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN (SCEC)

The University of Oklahoma Student Council for Exceptional Children is dedicated to enhancing the preparation of preservice special educators as they are about to embark on teaching students of all abilities. Professional development on timely topics through specific presentations is ongoing throughout the fall and spring semesters. Direct interaction with fellow students and faculty members further enriches the experiences available through this organization. Service learning provides additional opportunities to strengthen skills that will be needed once practicing in the field. Membership is open to preservice general educators as well as special educators. 

STUDENT OKLAHOMA EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (SOEA)

The University of Oklahoma Student Oklahoma Education Association (SOEA) is a pre-professional organization of undergraduate and graduate students currently preparing for careers in education. Through SOEA, students are affiliated with the larger Oklahoma Education Association and the National Education Association. Membership in SOEA provides networking opportunities with professional educators and the opportunity to participate in professional development workshops and unite for special projects. 

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Scholarships and Financial Aid


UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS

  • Frank and Dyan Agar Scholarship 
  • Bellwether Society Scholarship
  • Danni and Dan Boz Endowed Education Scholarship
  • Blanche Honaker Brakebill Scholarship 
  • Leah Copass Brakebill Scholarship 
  • Jane Holland Browning Education Endowed Scholarship
  • Cleveland/McClain County Retired Educators Assn. Scholarshi
  • Judith Bratcher Crockett Scholarship in Education 
  • Mary Marie Cunningham Scholarship 
  • Dallas Area Education Alumni Scholarship 
  • Frances Ranson Dunham Scholarship Fund 
  • Carl P. and Erma W. Dunifon Education Scholarship 
  • Sarabeth and Gary Farney Scholarship
  • Dawn M. Glitsch Memorial Scholarship 
  • Dr. Charles E. Grady, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
  • Virginia Hallum Trust Award 
  • Clara Rusk Hastings Scholarship Trust 
  • Elizabeth Raye Hazelwood Scholarship 
  • Joanne Hendrick Early Childhood Endowed Scholarship 
  • Rosa Brink and Shirley Brink Holladay Scholarship 
  • Cathey A. Simmmons Humphreys Endowed Scholarship
  • Eunice Lewis Mathematics Education Scholarship 
  • Sandra L. O’Brien Endowed Scholarship 
  • Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Future Teacher Scholarship Program 
  • Parks Memorial Scholarship 
  • Jeanne Reeder Perkins Scholarship 
  • Jake Pollock and Miller McHale Early Childhood Education Scholarship
  • Jeannine T. Rainbolt Scholarship 
  • Donald L. Ranallo, Jr. Endowed Scholarship 
  • Erin and Mary Reed Scholarship 
  • Landra and Grant Rezabek Scholarship Fund 
  • Patricia Elaine Rigney Scholarship 
  • Lillian J. Scott Endowment Fund
  • Joan K. Smith Endowed Scholarship
  • Social Studies Secondary Education Endowed Scholarship 
  • Sherry S. Steele Scholarship 
  • Chipman Gray (Chip) Stuart Endowed Scholarship
  • B.H. Taylor Scholarship 
  • Teach America Tomorrow Award 
  • Sharen Jester Turney Education Endowed Scholarship
  • University of Oklahoma College of Education Alumni and Friends Association Scholarship 
  • Nadine R. Vincent Scholarship Fund 
  • Lila Merle Welch/Garnett Fittro Memorial Scholarship 

GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS

  • William Jeffrey Argo Scholarship Fund 
  • Bellwether Society Scholarship
  • Dan and Danni Boz Endowed Education Scholarship
  • Blanche Honaker Brakebill Scholarship
  • Jane Holland Browning Education Endowed Scholarship
  • A.E. Clark Memorial Graduate Scholarship 
  • Dallas Area Education Alumni Scholarship 
  • Hannah Foreman Davis Scholarship Fund 
  • Frances Ranson Dunham Scholarship Fund 
  • Carl P. and Erma W. Dunifon Scholarship Fund 
  • Herbert Hengst Scholarship in Administration in Higher Education 
  • Rosa Brink and Shirley Brink Holladay Scholarship 
  • Kern and Ruth Chastaine Johnson Scholarship Fund 
  • Fred Kierstead Memorial Scholarship
  • Dr. Boleslaus S. Kurpiewski Scholarship
  • Paul F. Kleine Graduate Scholarship 
  • Michael Langenbach Scholarship 
  • Eunice Lewis Mathematics Education Scholarship  
  • Sandra L. O’Brien Endowed Scholarship 
  • Anna and Harold Paige Scholarship
  • Jeanne Reeder Perkins Scholarship 
  • William B. Ragan Memorial Scholarship 
  • Jeannine T. Rainbolt Scholarship 
  • Donald L. Ranallo, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
  • Patricia Elaine Rigney Scholarship 
  • Lillian J. Scott Endowment Fund 
  • R. Steven Shu Special Education Endowed Scholarship
  • Dr. Glenn Snider Education Scholarship Fund 
  • Social Studies Secondary Education Endowed Scholarship
  • Sharen Jester Turney Education Endowed Scholarship
  • University of Oklahoma College of Education Alumni and Friends Association Scholarship
  • Nadine R. Vincent Scholarship Fund 
  • Richard P. Williams Memorial Scholarship 
  • Fred Wood Scholarship 

For more information on scholarship opportunities, visit http://www.ou.edu/content/scholarships.html. For information on financial aid opportunities, visit the OU Financial Aid Services website at http://www.ou.edu/financialaid.html

Undergraduate Study

Undergraduate Study


General Information


STEPS IN ENROLLMENT

High School Students

If you are a high school graduate or soon will graduate, contact: Office of Admissions, 1000 Asp Avenue, Room 127, Norman, OK 73019-4076, (405) 325-2252. 

Prospective students should follow all application instructions carefully. Information about tuition, fees, housing and student affairs is available from the Office of Admissions and the Office of Prospective Student Services. 

Upon acceptance to the University, students will receive a letter containing information about advising and enrollment procedures. All students admitted directly from high school are advised through University College. 

Transfer Students

If you wish to major in education and will be a transfer student from another college or university, contact: Office of Admissions, 1000 Asp Avenue, Room 127, Norman, OK 73019-4076, (405) 325-2252. 

You may be admissible either to the University College or directly to the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, depending upon whether you have accumulated sufficient hours and meet other requirements for admission to the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education. 

Admission

There is a 2-step admission process for students seeking to enter the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education. 

I. Admission to the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education (Step 1)

Students at the University of Oklahoma are eligible for admission to the college after they have: 

  • a minimum of 24 semester hours earned from an accredited institution of higher learning; 
  • a minimum of 2.75 combined retention grade point average on all coursework attempted; 
  • declared major in education. 

II. Full Admission to a Certification Program (Step 2) 

Students are eligible to apply for full admission to a teacher education certification program after they have: 

  • a minimum of 30 semester hours from an accredited institution of higher learning earning a grade of C or better in the following 24 hours of coursework as defined by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education: English (Composition and Literature) ENGL 1113 and 1213 or their equivalencies–six hours; MATH (Gen Ed Core I)–three hours; American History–three hours; American Government–three hours; Gen Ed Core IV-AF, WC, NWC; Foreign Language or other advisor approved Gen Ed course –three hours; Social and Behavioral Sciences–three hours; Natural Sciences–three hours; 
  • a minimum OU retention and combined retention grade point average of 2.75 on all coursework attempted; 
  • Take and Pass the Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET), http://www.ceoe.nesinc.com. Please contact the College if you have taken and passed the PPST in another state.

Admission to a teacher education certification program requires meeting particular program requirements, submission of an application and essay, background check, and an interview with program area faculty. Upon successful completion of the interview process, students will be fully admitted to a specific teacher education program and given permission to enroll in education classes. 

Admission to the Graduate College to Complete the Graduate Certification Component of the TE-PLUS Program. Required only for extended programs (Early Childhood, Foreign Language and Language Arts) 

Students must be admitted to the Graduate College to complete the graduate certification component of the TE-PLUS program. They may begin a master’s degree program or be classified by the Graduate College as a certification only student. Those students wishing to pursue a master’s degree must also meet the specific admission requirements for that degree. For full admission to the Graduate College, students must achieve a 3.00 cumulative grade point average on the last degree conferring transcript; for conditional admission, students must achieve a 2.50-2.99 cumulative grade point average on the last degree conferring transcript. Students also must meet the admission requirements of the master’s program they wish to enter. 

Academic credit from any division of the University of Oklahoma — Norman campus, Health Sciences Center, OU-Tulsa, or Continuing Education — is considered resident credit at the University of Oklahoma. Grades and hours earned in any of these divisions are included in the OU retention and cumulative grade point averages for purposes of admission or readmission to the University, and to the individual colleges within the University. 

Admission requirements are subject to change on an annual basis. For information that applies to you, please consult the degree checksheet in effect at the time of your first enrollment in the state system

Retention 

  • Students must maintain a minimum OU retention and combined retention grade point average of 2.75 in all undergraduate coursework. Students whose OU retention or combined retention grade point average at the undergraduate level falls below 2.75 will be subject to dismissal from the college. In the graduate component of their program, students must meet Graduate College requirements of a minimum 3.00 grade point average in all graduate coursework attempted and earn no grade less than a B. Academic credit from any division of the University of Oklahoma — Norman campus, Health Sciences Center, OU-Tulsa, or Continuing Education — is considered resident credit at the University of Oklahoma. Grades and hours earned in any of these divisions are included in the OU retention and cumulative grade point averages for purposes of admission or readmission to the University, and to the individual colleges within the University. 
  • Students must maintain a minimum of 2.75 grade point average in all professional and all specialized education courses earning no grade less than a C. 
  • Students must earn a C or better in Communication 1113 or its equivalent. 
  • Students who have not earned OU retention or combined retention grade point averages of 2.75 after the completion of 60 semester hours will be dismissed from the College.  
  • Because one college level math course is a requirement for full admission into both the college and the teacher preparation program, declared Education majors must complete at least one college-level Math within the first four semesters of enrollment at OU. Transfer students who have not completed a college level Math course will have two semesters to complete the requirement. Students who fail to meet the requirement within the time limits specified will be subject to dismissal from the College.
  • Students will be withdrawn from courses for failing to observe prerequisites and corequisites. Continued disregard of prerequisites and corequisites is grounds for dismissal from the college. 
  • Coursework over 10 years old in the professional and specialized education must be reviewed and approved by faculty in the appropriate area before it can be credited toward the completion of a teacher education degree or certification program. There is no guarantee that work over 10 years old will be accepted. 
  • A student has six years to complete a teacher education degree after full admission to a teacher certification program. After the six-year period, a student must seek readmission to that program and meet the program requirements at the time of readmission. 
  • To begin the graduate certification component, students must be admitted to the Graduate College in good standing (3.00 on the last degree conferred) or conditionally (2.50–2.99 on the last degree conferred). 

Requirements for Graduation 

The responsibility for meeting all graduation requirements lies with the student. The requirements for graduation from the University of Oklahoma through the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education are: 

  • A minimum of 124 semester hours inclusive of general education, professional education, specialized education and elective courses. 
  • OU retention and combined retention grade point averages of 2.75 or higher. 
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.75 in all professional and all specialized education coursework. 
  • A minimum of 40 hours of upper division coursework (3000-4000). 
  • A grade of C or better in all professional and specialized education coursework. 
  • A minimum of 60 hours from a senior institution. 
  • Completion of an Application for Graduation and file by the published deadline. 

General Education

General Education introduces the student to the arts, sciences and humanities as knowledge taken to be worthy in and of itself; as being valuable to the citizen participating in the American democracy; as knowledge useful to all in a technological society; and as an introduction to the fields of knowledge exposing the college student to various career options. 

General Education is based on those studies known as the liberal arts and liberal sciences, which embrace the broad areas of the humanities, mathematics, the biological and physical sciences, the social and behavioral sciences, and oral and written communication skills. 

Please refer to the respective checksheets for specific General Education requirements. 

Professional Education

Professional core education courses are those classes taken by all students who are preparing to become teachers.  Professional Education courses include: EIPT 3473, EIPT 3483, EDSP 3054, EIPT 3043, EDS 4003. In addition, all students will complete a Teaching Internship (EDUC 4050, EDUC 4060 or EDUC 5920) and a research course. (EDEL 4063, EDSP 4121, ILAC 4143/ 5143, EDEN 5203, EDSC 5514, or MLLL 5920). Other Professional Education courses vary by teacher certification program areas. The requirements for each certification program are printed on the degree checksheet. Field experiences are required with EDS 4003, EIPT 3483 and teaching methodology courses. 

Admission to the student teaching internship semester requires students to be in good standing and have completed all baccalaureate degree requirements with the exception of the  Internship and research course. 

Continued progress in the professional sequence is dependent upon successful completion of prerequisites. (A laboratory fee, covering materials and equipment use, is charged of all students taking EIPT 3043, Learning with Educational Technologies.) 

Specialized Education

Specialized education requirements vary according to the teacher certification program. The requirements for each certification program are printed on the degree checksheet. These checksheets are available online at: http://www.ou.edu/content/checksheets/education.html and in the Advising Center, 137 Ellsworth Collings Hall. Continued progress in the specialized Education coursework is dependent upon successful completion of prerequisites.

Other Requirements

TRANSFER WORK

All professional education coursework transferred to the University of Oklahoma and submitted by the student as the equivalent of required courses in any teacher certification preparation program will be subject to the approval of the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education.

ACADEMIC RESIDENCE

A student in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education shall satisfy the minimum academic residence requirement by completing courses offered on the University’s Norman campus or at a residence center. Residency begins with full admission to teacher education. The student can meet the residence requirement through one of the two following options: 

  • Completing in residence 45 of the last 60 hours prior to graduation after being fully admitted to a teacher education program; or, 
  • Completing in residence the last 30 consecutive hours prior to graduation after being fully admitted to a teacher education program. 

ADVANCED STANDING, CORRESPONDENCE AND/OR EXTENSION

Credit granted through advanced standing may be accepted as residence study. Please refer to the Admissions section of this catalog for further information on the regulations governing advanced standing credit. Credit earned through correspondence cannot be used to meet the basic professional sequence requirements. The maximum allowable accumulation of advanced standing, correspondence and extension study credit in general education, specialized education, and professional education shall be one-fourth the total semester hours required in each category. 

University of Oklahoma regulations pertaining to the acceptance of correspondence and extension credit from other institutions must be met before such work may be applied toward the degree. 

CREDIT HOUR LOAD

Undergraduate Students

Sixteen semester hours constitute a normal enrollment for fall and spring. Students may enroll for 19 semester hours. Students with grade point averages of 3.00 or above may enroll for 20 semester hours if they have the approval of their adviser and the dean of the college. Students with grade point averages of 3.50 may take more than 20, up to a maximum of 24, semester hours if they have the approval of their adviser and the dean of the college. During the summer session the normal enrollment is 14 semester hours. Students with grade point averages of 3.00 -3.49 may enroll for 15 summer semester hours or 18 hours with a 3.50 or above if they have the approval of their adviser and the dean of the college. Normal enrollment for a summer Intersession is 3 hours. Students may enroll in 4 Intersession semester hours with grade point average of 3.00 -3.49 or for 5-6 Intersession semester hours with a 3.50 grade point average or above if they have the approval of their adviser and the dean of the college.

Graduate Students

Students enrolled for the student teaching internship may not take more than nine semester hours without the approval of their faculty adviser and the dean. 

PASS/NO PASS OPTION

The pass/no pass option may be used only on elective courses belonging to one of the General Education areas of free electives. That is, if a specific course is listed as a requirement in one of these areas, it may not be completed under the pass/no pass option. Since such specific requirements vary with the individual teacher certification programs, it is the responsibility of the students to check their particular program requirements in the General Education areas so that they may properly apply the pass/no pass option to their credit for graduation. All professional and specialized education course requirements are also excluded from the pass/no pass option. 

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY

The Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education disseminates information through the various offices, particularly the Academic Advising Center. An adviser is appointed to every student enrolled in the college. Even so, the student is expected to read the catalog, and know and understand all the requirements stated therein and on the appropriate degree checksheet. The final responsibility for meeting degree requirements rests with the student. 

ACADEMIC RETENTION NOTICE

Any student whose OU retention or combined retention grade point average falls below 2.75 will be subject to dismissal from the college. 

Degrees Awarded

A degree is awarded only upon recommendation of the college, and represents the satisfactory completion of all requirements indicated below in the Program Requirements section. 

Degrees of Special Distinction will be awarded to graduating seniors who: 

  • Have grade point averages of not less than 3.75 combined cumulative on all completed coursework; 
  • Have completed not less than 60 hours of their last 75 hours in residence at the University; and 
  • Have not been subject to disciplinary action. 

Degrees with Distinction will be awarded to graduating seniors who: 

  • Have grade point averages of not less than 3.50 combined cumulative on all completed coursework; 
  • Have completed not less than 60 of their last 75 hours in residence at the University; and 
  • Have not been subject to disciplinary action. 

Licensure and Certification

Students who earn their degrees from the University of Oklahoma and who have satisfactorily completed the program requirements, including success on the three Certification Examinations for Oklahoma Educators (OGET, OSAT, and OPTE), will be recommended by the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education for state licensure. A teaching license will be issued by the Oklahoma State Department of Education. The license to teach is valid for one year, during which time the holder participates in the Oklahoma Resident Teacher Program. The residency must be served in an accredited school and under the supervision of a committee composed of professionals from the school and from among University teacher education personnel. 

The committee is responsible for assisting the resident teacher and for making a final recommendation as to the resident teacher's eligibility for a standard teaching certificate.

Teaching Certificate Programs

The following three teacher certification programs are available exclusively through the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education: 

  • Early Childhood Education 
  • Elementary Education 
  • Special Education 

The following are offered either through the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education or in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences: 

  • Foreign Language Education: French, German, Latin and Spanish 
  • Language Arts Education 
  • Mathematics Education 
  • Science Education 
  • Social Studies Education 

The following is offered through the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts: 

  • Music Education: Instrumental, Vocal. 

Graduation requirements vary according to which college a student elects to enter, and are stated on the program area checksheets. 

Field Experiences

The TE-PLUS program contains three formal field experiences where students are placed in educational environments representing rural, urban, and suburban settings. These field experiences are tied to particular coursework. Students will learn about the expectations and their placements during class. Other, more informal field experiences are affiliated with some of the courses in professional and specialized education courses. These experiences are critical to student's professional development. Each teacher certification program culminates with the student teaching internship as a 16-week full-time field experience. 

Program requirements

Program Requirements


Bachelor of Science in Education Majors


Undergraduate degree requirements are revised and published annually by the Office of Curricular Changes and Academic Publications. The specific requirements are available on the Internet at: http://www.ou.edu/content/checksheets/education.html

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

General Education Requirements

  • English — 12 hours: ENGL 1113, ENGL 1213 or EXPO 1213, ENGL 2000-level or higher (Core IV-AF); COMM 1113. 
  • Mathematics — 12 hours: two MATH courses from approved general education list, 2213, 2223. 
  • Social Studies — 12 hours: HIST 1483 or 1493; P SC 1113; Any ANTH course (Core III) or any SOC course (Core III); Non-Western Culture — from approved general education list (3000-level or above) and adviser approved. 
  • Science — 12 hours: One course in the biological sciences, PBIO, HES, MBIO or BIOL; one course in the physical sciences, AGSC, ASTR, CHEM, GEOG, GEOL, GPHY, METR, PHYS; and any 2000-level or higher science course (recommend HES 2823). One course must include a laboratory component. 
  • Behavioral Science — 3 hours: EDEC 3413. 
  • Practical Arts — 3 hours: EDEC 2203. 
  • Arts and Humanities — 3 hours: Any PHIL course (Core IV-WC). 
  • Foreign Language — 0–10 hours; Two college-level courses in a single foreign language (may be satisfied by successful completion of 2 years in a single foreign language in high school) and teacher candidates must demonstrate conversational skills at a novice-high level in a language other than English (may be satisfied by classical, modern, Native or American Sign Language)
  • Senior Capstone Course — EDEC 4123; satisfied under Specialized Education requirements.

Professional Education

  • EDEC 3413, EIPT 3011, 3043, 3483; EDSP 3054; EDS 4003; EDUC 4050. 

Specialized Education

  • EDLT 3183, 4303; EDSC 4093; EDSS 3553; EDEC 3211, 32213333, 3513, 3543, 3553, 3573, 4123, 4513, 4533; additional free electives to meet the 124 requirement for graduation.

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION

General Education Requirements

  • English — 12 hours: ENGL 1113, ENGL 1213 or EXPO 1213, ENGL 2000-level or higher (Core IV-AF); COMM 1113 or COMM 2613.
  • Mathematics — 12 hours: MATH, 2213, 2223, and two MATH courses from approved general education list. 
  • Social Studies — 15 hours: HIST 1483 or 1493; P SC 1113; any ANTH or SOC from approved general education list; GEOG 1103 or 2603; Non-Western Culture — from approved general education list (3000-level or above) and adviser approved.
  • Science — 12 hours: One course in the biological sciences, PBIO, HES, MBIO or BIOL; one course in the physical sciences, AGSC, ASTR, CHEM, GEOG, GEOL, GPHY, METR, PHYS; and any 2000-level or higher science course. One course must include a laboratory component. 
  • Foreign Language — 0–10 hours; Two college-level courses in a single foreign language (may be satisfied by successful competion of 2 years in a single foreign language in high school) and teacher candidates must demonstrate conversational skills at a novice-high level in a language other than English (may be satisfied by classical, modern, Native or American Sign Language).
  • Senior Capstone Course — EDEL 4063; satisfied under Professional Education requirements. 
  • Electives — 4 hours. 

Professional Education

  • EIPT 3043, 3473, 3483; EDSP 3054; EDS 4003; ILAC 4003; EDUC 4050; EDEL 4063

Specialized Education

  • EDEL 3002, 3243, 4101, 4980; EDMA 3353, 4353; EDLT 3911, 3913, 4113, 4813; EDSS 3553, 4323; EDSC 4093, 4193

WORLD LANGUAGE EDUCATION

General Education Requirements

  • Communication Skills — 9 hours: ENGL 1113, ENGL 1213 or EXPO 1213; COMM 1113 or 2613. 
  • Mathematics — 3 hours: any Math course from approved general education list. 
  • U.S. History and Government — 6 hours: HIST 1483 or 1493; P SC 1113. 
  • Science —  8-9 hours: One course in the biological sciences, PBIO, HES, MBIO or BIOL; one course in the physical sciences, AGSC, ASTR, CHEM, GEOG, GEOL, GPHY, METR, PHYS. One must include a laboratory component. 
  • Behavioral Science — 3 hours: one course chosen from ANTH, PSY, or SOC from general education approved list..
  • Arts and Humanities — 6 hours: any course chosen from general education approved Artistic Forms list; HIST 1223 or HIST 1233.
  • Contemporary World Culture — 10 hours: an elementary knowledge of another classical, modern, Native or American Sign Language is required (two courses). 
  • Non-Western Culture — 3 hours: from approved general education list (3000-level or above) and adviser approved. (Core IV).
  • Senior Capstone Course — 3 hours: FR 4993 or GERM 4333 or LAT 4503/CLC 4503 or SPAN 4183. 

Professional Education

  • EIPT 3011, 3043, 3473, 3483; EDSP 3054; EDS 4003; MLLL 4813 (Latin majors complete LAT 4313), EDUC 4050, 4060; ILAC 4143.

Specialized Education

  • French: FR 1115, 1225, 2113, 2133, 2223, 2243, 3083, 3423, 3853, 4023, 4153 and 4153 or 4163 and 4323; six hours chosen from focus area not chosen above, or an adviser-approved elective in FR or MLLL, or from FR 3623 or FR 3753 or MLLL 4173; additional elective hours to meet 127 hour undergraduate minimum for graduation may be taken from MLLL, Classics, Language area, Linguistics or Education four hours.

  • German: GERM 1115, 1225, 2113, 2223, 2323, 3423, 3523, 3623, 3853, 4313, 4323, six hours of GERM 4000–5000–level course in major language, and LING 4023; additional elective hours to meet 127 hour undergraduate minimum for graduation may be taken from MLLL, Classics, Language area, Linguistics or Education four hours.

  • Latin: LAT 1115 and 1215 or 1315, 2113, 2213 3313; LING 4023; 15 hours of Latin courses numbered 3000 and above; 9 hours of CL C courses numbered 2000 or above; LAT 4503 or CL C 4503; additional elective hours to meet 127 hour undergraduate minimum for graduation may be taken from MLLL, Classics, Language area, Linguistics, or Education courses.

  • Spanish: SPAN 1115, 1225, 2113, 2223, 3073, 3423, 3853, LING 4023; SPAN 4153 and 4163 or 4093 and 4103; 12 hours chosen from SPAN 4923 or 4913 or 4313 or 4323 or course in the other focus area above or an adviser-aproved elective; additional elective hours to meet 127 hour undergraduate minimum for graduation may be taken from MLLL, Classics, Language area, Linguistics or Education courses.

LANGUAGE ARTS EDUCATION

General Education Requirements

  • Communication Skills — 15 hours: ENGL 1113, ENGL 1213 or EXPO 1213; COMM 1113 or 2613; two courses chosen from the following: EDEN 4273; ENGL 2113, 2123, 2133, 3103, 3113, 3123, 3133, 3143, 5403. 
  • Mathematics — 3 hours: any Math course from approved general education list. 
  • U.S. History and Government — 6 hours: HIST 1483 or 1493; P SC 1113. 
  • Biological Science — 3-5 hours: one course in the biological sciences, PBIO, HES, MBIO, or BIOL from general education list..
  • Physical Science — 3-5 hours: one course in the physical sciences, AGSC, ASTR, CHEM, GEOG, GEOL, GPHY, METR, PHYS from general education list.. 
    One course of the above biological or physical science courses must include a laboratory component. 
  • Behavioral Science — 3 hours: one course chosen from ANTH, PSY or SOC from approved general education list.. 
  • Arts and Humanities — 9 hours: ENGL 2413, 4133, any PHIL course from approved general education list. 
  • Foreign Language — 0-10 hours; Two college-level courses in a single foreign language (may be satisfied by successful completion of 2 years in a single foreign language in high school) and teacher candidates must demonstrate conversational skills at a novice-high level in a language other than English (may be satisfied by classical, modern, Native or American Sign Language).
  • Non-Western Culture — 3 hours: one course chosen from approved general education list (3000 level or above). 
  • Senior Capstone — 3 hours: ENGL 4853 and EDEN 4914, satisfied under Professional Education requirements.

Professional Education

  • EIPT 3043, 3473, 3483; EDSP 3054; EDEN 3223, 4914, 4923; EDS 4003. 

Specialized Education

  • American Literatures: ENGL 2773 or 2883; 9 hours from ENGL 2713, 2733, 2743, 3253, 3353, 3713, 4013, 4283, 4713, 4723, 4733, 4813, 4823, or 4833.

  • English Literatures: ENGL 2543 or 2653, ENGL 4523 or 4533; 6 hours from ENGL 3033, 3513, 3523, 3533, 3543, 3613, 3623, 4013, 4433, 4503, 4513, 4543, 4553, 4563, 4573, 4583, 4613, 4623, 4653.

  • World Literatures: ENGL 2273 and 2443; students must also take at least two ENGL courses from the following list. ENGL 2433, 3013, 3323, 3333, 3343, 3363, 3383, 3403, 3423, 3433, 3573, 3653, 4003, 4233, 4243, 4263, 4303, 4403, 4423, 4443, 4453, 4463, 5003.

  • Communication and Linguistics: Students must take at least one course from the following list. ENGL 4463, COMM 2003, 2213, 3223, 3513, 4153.

  • Additional guided electives — 9 hours: to meet the 124 hours required for graduation.

MATHEMATICS EDUCATION

General Education Requirements

  • Communication Skills — 9 hours: ENGL 1113, ENGL 1213 or EXPO 1213; COMM 1113 or 2613. 
  • U.S. History and Government — 6 hours: HIST 1483 or 1493; P SC 1113. 
  • Biological Science — 4-5 hours: one course in the biological sciences, PBIO, MBIO, or BIOL. Course must include a laboratory component 
  • Behavioral Science — 3 hours: one course chosen from ANTH, PSY or SOC from general education list. 
  • Arts and Humanities — 9 hours: any PHIL course from general education list; any course chosen from general education Artistic Forms, and HSCI 3013 or 3023. 
  • Contemporary World Culture — 3 hours: one course from one of the following areas on the general education list: American ethnic studies, economics, foreign language, geography, or world literature. 
  • Foreign Language — 0–10 hours; Two college-level courses in a single foreign language or proficiency (may be satisfied by successful completion of 2 years in a signle foreign language in high school; and teacher candidates must demonstrate conversational skills at a novice-high level in a language other than English (may be satisfied by classical, modern, Native or American Sign Language).
  • Non–Western Culture — 3 hours: one course chosen from approved general education approved course list and adviser approved. 
  • Senior Capstone Course — 3 hours: EDMA 4243. 
  • Electives to total 55 hours. 

Professional Education

  • EIPT 3011, 3043, 3473, 3483; EDSP 3054; EDS 4003; EDMA 4233, 4243, 4253; EDUC 4060; and ILAC 4143. 

Specialized Education

  • MATH *1823, *2423, 2433, 2443, 2513, 3113, 3333, 3613, 4753; PHYS *2514; 3-6 hours from Math 4193, 4323, 4383, 4673, 4733, 4793, 4803, 4853; PHYS *2514.
  • Specialization electives — 4-7 hours: chosen in consultation with adviser.

*These 10 hours along with the 45 hours listed in General Education comprise the 55-hour minimum college requirement for General Education.

SCIENCE EDUCATION

General Education Requirements

  • Communication Skills — 9 hours: ENGL 1113, ENGL 1213 or EXPO 1213; COMM 1113 or 2613.
  • Mathematics — 6 hours: Biological Sciences - MATH 1643, 1743; Chemistry, Physical Science - Math 1523, 1823; Earth Science, Physics - MATH 1823, 2423. 
  • U.S. History and Government — 6 hours: HIST 1483 or 1493; P SC 1113. 
  • Natural Science — 8 hours: Biological Sciences - BIOL 1124; GEOL 2014; Chemistry,Earth Science, Physics Physical Science - BIOL 1114, GEOL 2014;
  • Arts and Humanities — 6 hours: any course chosen from general education Artistic Forms; HSCI 3013 or 3023. 
  • Social & Behavioral Science — 3 hours: GEOG 3253. 
  • Foreign Language — 0–10 hours; Two college-level courses in a single foreign language (may be satisfied by successful completionof 2 years in a single foreign language in high school) and teacher candidates must demonstrate conversational skills at a novice-high level in a language other than English (may be satisfied by classical, modern, Native or American Sign Language).
  • Non–Western Culture — 3 hours: HSCI 3313 or 3453 or 3483
  • Senior Capstone Course — EDSC 4533; satisfied under Professional Education requirements. 

Professional Education

  • EIPT 3011, 3043, 3473, 3483; EDS 4003; EDSP 3054; EDSC 4513, 4533, 4970; EDUC 4060. 

Specialized Education

  • Biological Sciences: BIOL 1124, 1134, 2013, 2124, 2913, 3113, 3333, 3403; CHEM 1315, 1415, 3053, 3152; PHYS 2414, 2424; GEOL 2014; GEOG 3253; BIOL/MBIO/PBIO 3990 or 4990, Independent Study, or select UOBS course approved by adviser; Electives— 1 hour: to be selected from subject area(s) in which certification is sought and is approved by adviser.

  • Chemistry: BIOL 1114; CHEM 1315 and 1415 or 1425, 3005, 3064, 3164, 3653, 4023, 4333, 3990 or 4990; PHYS 2414 or 2514, 2424 or 2524; GEOL 2014; GEOG 3253; PSY 2003; Electives 4-9 hours chosen from CHEM 3421, 3423, 3521, 3523, 3753, 4033.

  • Earth Science: BIOL 1114; CHEM 1315, 1415; PHYS 1205 or 2514 and 1311, 1215 or 2524 and 1321; ASTR 1514; GEOG 3253; GEOL 1024, 1114, 2014; METR 1014, 2603; METR/GEOL 4533; PSY 2003; GEOL/METR 3990 or 4990; electives 3 hours selected from ASTR 1523, 2513, GEOL 3633, GIS 2023, 4133, 4353, or other course approved by adviser.

  • Physics: BIOL 1114; CHEM 1315, 1415; PHYS 1205 or 2514 and 1311, 1215 or 2524 and 1321, 2203, 2303 or 3302, 3990 or 4990; ASTR 1504, 1514, GEOG 3253; GEOL 2014; GPHY 1103; PSY 2003; MATH 1823, 2423, 2433; electives 11-12 hours selected from ASTR 1523, 2513, 3103, GIS 2023, 4014, 4133, 4353; HSCI upper-division and adviser appvored; MATH 2443, 3333, CS 1313 or 1323, METR 2013, 2011, or PHYS 1453.

  • Physical Science: BIOL 1114; CHEM 1315, 1415, 1425, 3005, 4333, 3990, 4990; PHYS 2414 and 1311, 2424 and 1321, 3990 or 4990; ASTR 1504, 1514, GEOG 3253; GEOL 2014; GPHY 1103; PSY 2003; electives 9-14 hours selected from ASTR 1523, GEOG 3563, HSCI 2133, 2223, PHYS 1453.

SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATION

General Education Requirements

  • Communication Skills — 9 hours: ENGL 1113, ENGL 1213 or EXPO 1213; COMM 1113 or 2613. 
  • Mathematics — 3 hours: any Math course from approved general education list.
  • U.S. History and Government — 9 hours: HIST 1483, 1493; P SC 1113. 
  • Science — 7 hours: one course in the biological sciences, PBIO, HES, MBIO or BIOL; one course in the physical sciences, AGSC, ASTR, CHEM, GEOG, GEOL, GPHY, METR, PHYS (satisfied by GEOG 1114 in Specialized Education). One must include a laboratory component. 
  • Behavioral Science — 3 hours: SOC 1113. 
  • Arts and Humanities — 6 hours: two courses chosen from Core IV Artistic Forms and Western Civilization. No more than one course from each designator/prefix. 
  • Contemporary World Culture — nine hours: GEOG 1103, ECON 1113 or 1123, World Civilization/World History Elective (must be adviser approved). 
  • Foreign Language — 0–10 hours: Two college-level courses in a single foreign language (may be satisfied by successful completion of 2 years in a s ingle foreign language in high school) and teacher candidates must demonstrate conversational skills at a novice-high level in a language other than English (may be satisfied by classical, modern, Native or American Sign Language).
  • Non–Western Culture — 3 hours: one course chosen from approved general education list (3000-level or above) and adviser approved. 
  • Senior Capstone Course — EDSS 4563; satisfied under Professional Education requirements. 

Professional Education

  • EIPT 3011, 3043, 3473, 3483; EDS 4003; EDSP 3054; EDSS 4553, 4563, EDUC 4060, and ILAC 4143. 

Specialized Education

  • HIST 1613, 1623, 3393, 3 hours of World History Electives; GEOG 1114, 2603; two courses chosen from P SC 2103, 2223, 2503, 2603, 3020, 3033, 3053, 3143, 3163, 3213, 3323, 3403, 3413, 3433, 3443, 3523, 3533, 3723, 3970, 4020; 9 hours American history Electives;6 hours social science perspectives electives from economics, sociology, or psychology; 12 upper-division hours taken from areas of world history, political science, American history, or social science perspectives (electives chosen from economics, sociology, or psychology); 4 additional elective hours to meet the 124 hour undergraduate minimum for graduation must be adviser approved with suggested elective GEOG 3633.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

General Education Requirements

  • English — 12 hours: ENGL 1113, ENGL 1213 or EXPO 1213, ENGL 2000-level or higher (Core IV-AF); COMM 1113 or 2613. 
  • Mathematics — 12 hours: MATH 2213, 2223, and 6hours of MATH courses chosen from general education approved list. 
  • Social Studies — 12 hours: HIST 1483 or 1493; P SC 1113; GEOG 1103 or 2603; Non-Western Culture — 3 hours: one course chosen from approved general education list (3000 level or above) and adviser approved. 
  • Science — 12 hours: one course in the biological sciences, PBIO, HES, MBIO or BIOL; one course in the physical sciences, AGSC, ASTR, CHEM, GEOG, GEOL, GPHY, METR, PHYS; and any 2000-level or higher science course. One course must include a laboratory component. 
  • Behavioral Science — 6 hours: PSY 1113; PSY 2403 or 2603. 
  • Foreign Language — 0–10 hours; Two college-level courses in a single foreign language (may be satisfied by successful completion of 2 years in a single foreign language in high school) and teacher candidates must demonstrate conversational skills at a novice-high level in a language other than English (may be satisfied by classical, modern, Native or American Sign Language).
  • Senior Capstone Course —EDSP 4121, 4134, 4144; satisfied under Specialized Education requirements. 

Professional Education

  • EIPT 3043, 3473, 3483; EDS 4003; EDSP 3054, 4121, 4134, 4144.

Specialized Education

  • EDLT 3711, 3713; EDSC 4093; EDSS 3553, EDMA 3353 or 4233; EDSP 4013, 4023, 4033, 4043, 4053, 4063, 4072, 4083, 4093, 4103, 4112.