Oregon - Educator Preparation and Licensure: Educator Licensure Policy

Area: 
Educator Licensure Policy
Policy Type: 
Rule
Summary: 

In order to become a certified teacher in Oregon, an applicant must have completed an approved teacher preparation program from an accredited institution and pass required certification examinations.

Body: 

The Commission requires Oregon-prepared applicant for the Preliminary Teaching License to have recent teacher preparation in accordance with the following provisions:

(a) If the applicant completed an Oregon teacher preparation program within the six years preceding their first application for licensure, there are no additional recency requirements to qualify for the Preliminary Teaching License.
(b) If the applicant completed an Oregon teacher preparation more than six years prior to their first application for licensure, the applicant must submit:
(A) A recent passing score on the content test of knowledge for each endorsement the applicant is seeking to hold on their license. A passing score is recent if it has been obtained within the two years immediately preceding the application for licensure; and
(B) Evidence of completion of a pedagogy course. The pedagogy course must:
(i) Include the word pedagogy or methods in the course title or be acceptable to the Commission upon evaluation of course syllabi or other evidence;
(ii) Be at least three quarter hours or two semester hours;
(iii) Be related to the subject-matter endorsement area requested for the license;
(iv) Include official verification that the course was passed within the two years immediately preceding the application for the Preliminary Teaching License; and
(v) Be verified by official sealed transcripts from a regionally accredited college or university.

Adopting Authority: 
Standards Board
Implementing Authority: 
State Department of Education
Last Verified by NASBE: 
03/15/2016
For More Info: http://www.oregon.gov/tspc/Pages/first-time-license.aspx