Become a K - 12 Art Teacher

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The four basic steps for becoming a K-12 art teacher in Oregon are:

  1. Earn a bachelor’s degree
    To become a certified teacher in the state of Oregon you must earn, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Complete a state-approved teacher preparation
    In order to receive a teaching license in Oregon, you must complete a teacher education programs approved by the state, which will consist of college coursework and fieldwork.

    This requirement typically is met through a master’s degree program for middle and high school teachers or through a bachelor’s degree program (with an elementary education major) for those teaching at the elementary level.

    Note: 80 percent of newly hired teachers in Oregon hold a master’s degree, which increases their earning potential and job competitiveness.
  3. Pass required exams
    • The Civil Rights Exam (for licenses, registrations and certificates)
    • Subject Matter Exam: Art endorsement

      See Oregon’s Teacher Standards and Practices Commission for a listing of all possible endorsements and corresponding schools that offer preparation for these.
  4. Submit your Oregon teaching credential application
    Upon satisfying the above requirements, you may apply for a Preliminary Teaching License from Oregon’s Teacher Standards and Practices Commission. This application process includes successful background clearance, including the submission of fingerprints.

    Note: If you completed an out-of-state teacher preparation program, you can apply for the Reciprocal Teaching License.
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OregonTeachingDegree.com is intended to provide information on becoming a teacher in Oregon and the state's NCATE-accredited teacher education programs.
For additional information on the process of becoming a teacher in Oregon, visit the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission website.
Teacher Standards and Practices Commission is Oregon's licensing agency for all educators.