The simple, yet heartfelt message is that you are needed in today’s classrooms, and the faculty of the Henry F. McCabe Family School of Education can and sincerely wants to help you get there. Faculty in the education program have a combined experience of 100-plus years in public school education. The employment rate for OBU teachers is a very impressive 94 percent upon graduation.
Early Childhood Education
You have the opportunity to develop a foundation of knowledge and skills through experiences that will help you prepare developmentally appropriate educational programs for young children from prekindergarten through third grade.
You will receive a firm grounding in the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to assist the learning of children in grades 1 through 8. OBU’s elementary education faculty stress the importance of teaching the whole child, morally and spiritually, as well as academically.
In our special education program at OBU, we emphasize the importance of implementing a multisensory approach to all learners. We study a wide range of disabilities from mild to severe and provide students the instruction necessary to enhance and broaden their knowledge and tailor the program to their area of interest. When you graduate, you will be prepared and confident to conduct IEP meetings, provide strategies to improve inclusion success and implement positive behavior support in classroom settings to meet the diverse needs of K- 12 grade students.
English Education, Secondary
The English Education degree at OBU provides you with the opportunity to develop knowledge in your content, to learn about a variety of pedagogical theories and practices and to apply those theories in a classroom practicum. This major consists of 39 hours in English courses and 32 hours in education courses. Upon completion of the BSE and the passing of Oklahoma’s Certification Exams, English Education majors will have all the qualifications necessary to procure an Oklahoma teaching license for grades 6 through 12.
Mathematics Education, Secondary
Our Mathematics degree at OBU is special because you receive a quality education in one of the most powerful majors available, and you receive that education in small, personalized classes. Almost all of our junior and senior level classes at OBU have fewer than fifteen students in them. This allows for direct interaction and individualized support with our energetic mathematics faculty. Upon completion of the BSE and the passing of Oklahoma’s Certification Exams, Math Education majors will have all the qualifications necessary to procure an Oklahoma teaching license for grades 6 through 12.
Science Education, Secondary
The OBU science education program has been certified to meet the guidelines of the National Science Teachers Association. This program offers courses in science and education, which provide a strong content and pedagogy foundation as you prepare to teach science in public or private schools. Upon completion of the BSE and the passing of Oklahoma’s Certification Exams, Science Education majors will have all the qualifications necessary to procure an Oklahoma teaching license for grades 6 through 12.
Social Sciences Education, Secondary
This program offers high quality upper division courses and advisement designed to prepare you for a wide variety of careers related to Social Sciences Secondary Education as well as providing graduates with a solid foundation for postgraduate study. These courses acquaint you with content and pedagogy knowledge and help you develop skills needed for academic and career success. Upon completion of the BSE and the passing of Oklahoma’s Certification Exams, Social Science Education majors will have all the qualifications necessary to procure an Oklahoma teaching license for grades 6 through 12.
Alternative Teaching Certificate
The Alternative Certification and Credentialing for Elementary and Secondary Schools (ACCESS) program, provides courses to academically prepare individuals pursuing alternative certification in elementary or secondary education for the state of Oklahoma. The program includes 18 hours of fully online coursework that result in an OBU certificate of course completion. The program takes one year to complete and financial aid is available. Upon completion of alternative certification coursework and the passing of Oklahoma’s Certification Exams, individuals will have all the qualifications necessary to procure an Oklahoma teaching license.
OBU faculty are experts in their fields and will be with you every step of the way.
Dr. Elizabeth Justice
Chair, School of Education
Lawrence C. and Marion Harris Chair of Education
Associate Professor of Education
Co-Director, ACCESS Program
Dr. Larinee Dennis
Chief Academic Officer
Dean of Business, Health, Science and Education
Professor of Education
The Henry F. McCabe Family School of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, CAEP. The School of Education houses undergraduate programs in early childhood (grades PK-3), elementary education (grades 1-8), special education (grades PK-12), secondary English education, secondary math education, secondary science education, secondary social studies education, and both instrumental and vocal music education.