Diane E. Beals
David S. Brown
Avi I. Mintz
Applied Assistant Professor
Jolly A. Meadows
For more information about degree offerings by the faculty of the Department of Education, visit the Department of Education webpage.
The mission of the Department of Education is to offer a state-of-the-art program for students seeking careers in our nation’s schools. The Department fulfills this mission by providing academic opportunities that produce transformative professional educators who are:
- Experts in subject matter and pedagogy;
- Experts in child and adolescent development;
- Equipped to advance every child’s learning amid the social, economic and cultural diversity of our classrooms and communities;
- Committed to educational inquiry and life-long professional learning;
- Firm believers in public education as a crucial element of a just and vibrant democracy; and
- Qualified to meet all requirements of state regulatory agencies and national accrediting associations for teachers.
To achieve the goal of developing transformative professional educators, there are early and extensive clinical opportunities.
Education students benefit from TU’s collaborations and partnerships with schools, programs and organizations including:
- Tulsa Public Schools,
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Summer Programs for Students and Teachers,
- Reading Partners,
- True Blue Neighbors,
- Center for Community Development and Research (CCRD),
- Gilcrease Museum,
- Henry Zarrow Center for Arts and Education,
- Global Alliance Center,
- The University School, and
- English Programs for International Students.
Students seeking secondary teacher certification should consult their academic advisors to determine subject area courses that are appropriate and the Oklahoma State Department of Education regarding alternative certification.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the education program will be able to:
- Demonstrate mastery of the central concepts and tools of inquiry of their discipline(s).
- Plan research-based instruction that advances the learning of each student.
- Utilize research-based pedagogy that advances the learning of each student.
- Design curriculum based on state and national standards.
- Demonstrate mastery of the assessment cycle as a component of teaching.
- Demonstrate understanding of the processes of human development and learning.
- Demonstrate a commitment to ongoing professional development.
- Promote the success of each student based on a demonstrated understanding of the socio-cultural, historical, and institutional contexts of education.
Professional Education Course Requirements for All Education Majors
Second Language Proficiency
Students completing an education major must demonstrate proficiency in a second language offered by The University of Tulsa (American Sign Language, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish). Language requirements vary from College to College. Students should consult with their academic advisors for specific requirements.
Prospective teachers in Oklahoma must pass the Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET), the appropriate Oklahoma Subject Area Test (OSAT), and the Oklahoma Professional Teaching Examination (OPTE) to be eligible for certification. Complete information and registration bulletins are available from the Certification Examinations for Oklahoma Educators website, www.ceoe.nesinc.com.
Additional Course Requirements for Elementary Education Majors
The Oklahoma State Department of Education requires elementary education majors to complete 48 semester hours with 12 hours in each of the following four areas: 1) language arts, 2) social studies, 3) mathematics; and 4) science. The courses may not be methods courses. According to the regulations, courses satisfying this requirement may be included in the general education program, the major, a minor, or any combination.
For the specific components and course requirements of the elementary education major, contact the Department of Education.