Four-Year-Olds and Younger Certificate


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  1. I have taught in a Head Start Program and would like to teach in a public school. Is there a way I can do that?
  2. After I receive a bachelor’s degree, what do I have to complete to be certified to teach?
  3. Can I add another subject area to my Four-Year-Olds and Younger credential by testing?

42. I have taught in a Head Start Program and would like to teach in a public school. Is there a way I can do that?

Yes. If you have five years teaching experience in a Head Start Program, currently hold a Child Development Associate (CDA), and you have earned a bachelor’s degree in any area you may apply for a teaching certificate. This certificate is restricted to teach children four-year-old and younger in a public school.


43. After I receive a bachelor’s degree, what do I have to complete to be certified to teach?

To receive a certificate to teach four-year-olds and younger, please submit the following:

  • Verification of at least five years of experience as an early childhood educator with the Head Start program.
  • A copy of your current Child Development Associate (CDA) credential.
  • Official copies of all college transcripts. Transcript must denote degree earned and the date degree was conferred.
  • Passing scores for the Oklahoma General Education Test and the Early Childhood Education Subject Area Test.
  • Submit fingerprint cards and the $59 fee for a criminal history record search or, for faster and more accurate results, you may have your fingerprints laser-scanned at the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE), Room 212, 2500 North Lincoln Boulevard, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, for a $59 processing fee. Fingerprints are scanned at the OSDE between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. For additional information refer to Fingerprint Information.
  • Application for Certificate to Teach Four-Year-Olds and Younger (pdf). Contact the Teacher Certification Section of the State Department of Education at (405) 521-3337 to obtain an application.
  • $50 processing fee (check, cashier’s check or money order) made payable to the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

44. Can I add another subject area to my Four-Year-Olds and Younger credential by testing?

No. This credential is limited by Oklahoma Law.

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Last updated on April 30, 2012