Teach Middle School/Junior High School in Oregon

Teach Middle School/Junior High School in Oregon

The three basic requirements for becoming a middle school teacher in Oregon are:

  1. Required Exams
    Take and pass the state-required exams: ORELA: specific subject assessments for the subjects you want to teach; and ORELA: Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment
  2. Teacher License Program
    Complete a preliminary teaching license program (oftentimes this is embedded in a master’s
    degree program, but could be completed via a bachelor’s degree program)
  3. Student Teaching
    Complete, within the teaching program, a supervised student teaching experience

Getting into a Teacher License Program

The Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission, an independent state agency that awards educator licenses and approves educator preparation programs, requires prospective teachers to complete a state-approved preliminary teacher licensure program.

Admission to one of these accredited programs typically includes the following requirements:

  • A minimum 3.0 GPA overall or in the last two semesters of your undergraduate course
    work (those with a GPA below 3.0 may need to take and pass additional exams before
    being admitted)
  • Proof of strong academic preparation for multiple subjects in general education/major
    course work
  • Previous experience working with children in a classroom setting
  • A strong recommendation from at least three non-family members who are familiar with your work with children
  • Evidence of graduate-level writing
  • Ideal teacher candidates are focused, open to multiple viewpoints, enthusiastic about learning, able to negotiate systems, and excellent at communicating.

Be sure to contact the teacher education program of your choice to learn about specific requirements
for admission.

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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.