NPS Special Education Certification Bootcamp

About the program

The Norman Public School District is recruiting candidates for a Special Education Certification Boot Camp, a program that allows individuals who meet certain criteria to become certified to teach special education. Teachers who serve students with special needs are in high demand. While special education teachers typically earn more than traditional teachers, positions have been difficult to fill due to statewide teacher shortages.

The program is designed for individuals who are not currently certified to teach but have an undergraduate degree outside of the education field and an interest in working with students who have special needs. Qualified candidates also should have an interest in working in Norman Public Schools.


Boot camp classes will be held March 24 through June 24

  • Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

*At the conclusion of the boot camp, participants will be required to complete 18 hours of graduate courses at an accredited university.

Earn while you learn!

Following the initial boot camp classes, participants will be eligible to be considered for a vacancy in the district and, if selected, the individual can concurrently work in the district while they complete their graduate coursework. Participants that are hired by the district also will receive a $1,500 signing bonus. The program offers an opportunity for individuals who have a passion for students with special needs to quickly transition into teaching and earn a salary while completing their higher education coursework.