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Get certified in effective teaching in elementary schools

Alternatively certified teachers can now fulfill all the requirements to transition to permanent licensure to teach grades 1-8 while also earning a graduate certificate. Develop a strong pedagogical foundation of research-based strategies to manage a classroom and teach elementary reading, math, social studies and science. 


Successful completion of this certificate program requires 15 credit hours (five courses) of graduate-level coursework in reading, classroom management, social studies and science and mathematics education. Credit hours are transferable to additional graduate degree programs.


Teaching, Learning and Leadership, MS - K-12 Education

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This fully online program offers 16-week courses, along with year-long mentoring. Online courses are delivered through Canvas, OSU's online learning platform. We facilitate peer-to-peer collaboration and community building through both synchronous and asynchronous course formats. Synchronous courses are delivered via Zoom during after-school hours one day per week. Faculty blend the synchronous coursework with asynchronous coursework to most effectively support graduate students' learning.


Required (15 credit hours):

  • CIED 5373: Design & Management of the Elementary Classroom
  • CIED 5893: Reading Processes and Practices (Grades 1-8)
  • CIED 5323: Teaching Social Studies in the Schools
  • SMED 5013: Mathematics Education: Theory & Practice
  • SMED 5083: Teaching Science in the Elementary School (Grades 1-8)

Course information


Admissions Requirements and Deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified of admission status within four to six weeks of submission.


To apply for the program, complete the following:

  • Graduate College application
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions (undergraduate degree from an accredited university)
  • Academic vita/resume
  • Goal statement

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Oklahoma State University offers an affordable single rate for graduate students in online degree and certificate programs.

Cost details for in-state, online graduate students
Cost details for out-of-state online graduate students


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