Apr 21, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Department of Education

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David S. Brown

Associate Professors
Diane E. Beals
David S. Brown
Josh Corngold
Tao Wang

Assistant Professors
Helen Douglass
Elizabeth Smith

Applied Assistant Professor
Jolly A. Meadows

Applied Instructor
Eric Reed

Affiliated Faculty
Janet Cairns

For more information about degree offerings by the faculty of the Department of Education, visit the Department of Education webpage.

The University of Tulsa Department of Education is committed to cultivating effective teachers who are critical thinkers, skillful learners, caring community partners, and engaged democratic citizens.

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:

  • Local 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.

Education 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, Latin, Russian or Spanish). Language requirements vary from College to College. Students should consult with their academic advisors for specific requirements.

Professional Examinations

Prospective teachers in Oklahoma must pass the Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET), the appropriate Oklahoma Subject Area Test (OSAT), the Oklahoma Professional Teaching Examination (OPTE), or the Praxis Performance Assessment for Teachers (PPAT) 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. 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.




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