Alternative certification preparation conference to be held at Northwestern

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Alternative certification preparation conference to be held at Northwestern

The Division of Education at Northwestern Oklahoma State University has been awarded a grant that will allow the implementation of a local conference directed toward improving the skills of alternative certified teachers in northwest Oklahoma.

The conference will be open to all educators and will be designed to meet the specific needs of alternatively certified educators in northwest Oklahoma. The conference will address the “Top 10 Qualities of a Great Teacher,” presented by educational experts in various areas. A summer conference date will be determined at a later time.

“This conference will be huge for educators in northwest Oklahoma,” said Dr. Bo Hannaford,” School of Professional Studies dean.

“Many have to travel to Oklahoma City or Tulsa for professional development, so to have something in our own backyard will be wonderful. Also, any time we can get together to improve our craft, it not only benefits the teachers, but also our students.”

Participants will receive a certificate for professional development.

Research has proven that educators who hold a teaching position via alternative certification may lack the necessary qualities of an effective teacher that would have otherwise been obtained if the educator would have received their certification through a traditional teacher education program.

Educators are encouraged to provide feedback on alternate certification at

The conference will be constructed according to the results of a survey completed by local administrators identifying the strengths/weaknesses of the alternatively certified educators in their school system.

“Collaboration, listening and learning from one another is what education is all about,” Hannaford said.

“Across the country, many are taking jabs at education right now, and Northwestern will always be an institution that will look for opportunities to help our public school partners. We will stand side-by-side to find solutions and to continue to give back to our teachers and students in northwest Oklahoma.”

For more details about the conference, contact Dr. Beverly Warden, Division of Education chair, at (580) 327-8450 or