American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE)


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  1. What is American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE)?
  2. If I receive a teaching certificate through the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE), can I teach in Oklahoma?

40. What is American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE)?

Founded in 2001 via a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, ABCTE addresses the need for knowledgeable and dedicated teachers in every classroom. They offer a flexible and cost-effective certification program. ABCTE certification is a program designed to inspire career changers to enter the teaching field and give them a rigorous and efficient process to achieve their goals.

For more information refer to the ABCTE Web site http://www.abcte.org.


41. If I receive a teaching certificate through the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE), can I teach in Oklahoma?

Yes. Currently ten states accept ABCTE certified teachers. They are Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Tennessee.

Certification areas that are acceptable in the state of Oklahoma are: Biology, Chemistry, English Language Arts, General Science, Mathematics, Physics, United States History, and World History.  These areas cover grade levels 6-12. 

Once certified through the ABCTE program, to teach in Oklahoma, you would need to submit the following:

  • Have on file with the Oklahoma State Board of Education a current Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) and clear Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) fingerprint-based criminal history record search. Submit a $59 processing fee.
  • Application for Oklahoma School Certificate (pdf)
  • Official transcripts of all college work.  Transcript must denote degree earned and the date conferred.
  • Copy of certificate issued by ABCTE
  • $50.00 processing fee (check, cashier’s check or money order) made payable to the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

Result: You will be issued a one-year, non-renewable teaching credential for employment in Oklahoma.

Once employed, you must complete the mentorship program through ABCTE.  After the mentorship program has been completed, please submit the following:

  • Application for Oklahoma School Certificate (pdf)
  • Copy of ABCTE certificate showing mentorship program completed
  • $50.00 processing fee (check, cashier’s check or money order) made payable to the Oklahoma State Department of Education

Result: You will be issued a five-year standard teaching certificate.

For more information, refer to the ABCTE Web site http://www.abcte.org.

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Last updated on April 23, 2012