College of Education and Professional Studies

Special Education Boot Camp and Certification

Interested in Boot Camp

The UCO Special Education “Boot Camp" (HB1233) is the state of Oklahoma’s current answer to the shortage of teachers for special education students.  HB1233 is designed to allow individuals who have always wished to teach the states most wonderful population an opportunity to fulfill a dream.

Individuals who do not have a current degree, or certification in special education now have an opportunity to enter this in-demand field.  Completion of UCO Boot Camp allows individuals the ability to apply for a Provisional Certification through the Oklahoma State Department of Education and learn while you earn college credit.

What are the qualifications?

  • Degree from an accreditation institution of higher education in any area other than general studies.
  • 2.75 GPA
  • Commitment to complete Master’s degree or certification in Special Education
  • Employable by a school district
  • Commitment to remain with district for at least three years after earning Standard Certification in Special Education

UCO Boot Camp Requirements

University of Central Oklahoma Boot Camp – Path to Certification

Complete 12 credit hours of Boot Camp Core

  • SPED 5123 Teaching Individuals with Disabilities
  • SPED 5212 Legal Aspects in Special Education
  • SPED 5303 Assessing the Exceptional Individual
  • SPED 5443 Behavior/Classroom Management
  • SPED 5900 Practicum with Boot Camp

Upon completion of Boot Camp Core submit the following information for Provisional Certification to Teacher Education Services, EDU 207.  Documents will be reviewed then submitted to the Oklahoma State Department of Education for certification.

  • Official Transcript reflecting completion of all Boot Camp Core
  • Updated Plan of Study also reflecting all Boot Camp Core
  • $50 check made out to Oklahoma State Department of Education

To maintain certification and move towards a Standard Certificate, students must complete at least 6 credit hours per year for 3 years (18 hours total).  Courses progressing towards a Master’s degree in Special Education will be acceptable (Mild/Moderate or Severe/Profound) as advised by the program coordinator, Dr. Terry Spigner (tspigner@uco.edu).

After completing the above requirements, please submit the following information for Standard Certification to Teacher Education Services, EDU 207.  Documents will be reviewed then submitted to the Oklahoma State Department of Education for certification.

  • Official Transcript reflecting completion of all Boot Camp Core & 18 additional hours completed
  • Updated Plan of Study also reflecting all Boot Camp Core
  • $50 check made out to Oklahoma State Department of Education

Upon completion of these requirements, students will be 10 credit hours away from a Master’s degree in Special Education, and we would encourage all students to consider completing the full degree.

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I completed State Department Boot Camp

Oklahoma State Department of Education Boot Camp – Path to Certification

Students will come to the University of Central Oklahoma with a Provisional Certification. To maintain certification and move towards a Standard Certificate, students must complete at least 6 credit hours per year for 3 years (18 hours total).  To receive a recommendation from UCO, students must complete the 12 credit hours of Boot Camp Core, with the additional 6 hours chosen based upon the student’s needs from courses towards a Master’s degree in Special Education (Mild/Moderate or Severe/Profound) with direction from the program coordinator, Dr. Terry Spigner (tspigner@uco.edu).

Complete 12 credit hours of Boot Camp Core + 6 variable hours

  • SPED 5123 Teaching Individuals with Disabilities
  • SPED 5212 Legal Aspects in Special Education
  • SPED 5303 Assessing the Exceptional Individual
  • SPED 5443 Behavior/Classroom Management
  • SPED 5900 Practicum with Boot Camp

After completing the above requirements, please submit the following information for Standard Certification to Teacher Education Services, EDU 207.  Documents will be reviewed then submitted to the Oklahoma State Department of Education for certification.

  • Official Transcript reflecting completion of all Boot Camp Core & 18 total hours completed
  • Updated Plan of Study also reflecting all Boot Camp Core & 18 total hours

Upon completion of these requirements, students will be 22 credit hours away from a Master’s degree in Special Education, and we would encourage all students to consider completing the full degree.