Teacher Preparation - Choosing a teacher licensure program

Teacher Preparation - Choosing a teacher licensure program

Choosing a teacher licensure program

What is your current education level?

Paths to Become a Teacher in Oregon Paths to Become a Teacher in Oregon Paths to Become a Teacher in Oregon Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education Master of Arts in Teaching Adult Degree Completion in Elementary Education Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education Master of Arts in Teaching Adult Degree Completion in Elementary Education Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education Master of Arts in Teaching Adult Degree Completion in Elementary Education

*Successful completion of license-required exams is necessary to earn Oregon preliminary licensure.

High School Diploma Teaching License

*Successful completion of license-required exams is necessary to earn Oregon preliminary licensure.

High School Diploma Bachelors in any area Teaching License

*Successful completion of license-required exams is necessary to earn Oregon preliminary licensure.

2 years of college credit

Teaching License

*Successful completion of license-required exams is necessary to earn Oregon preliminary licensure.

2 years of college credit

Bachelors in any area

Teaching License

*Successful completion of license-required exams is necessary to earn Oregon preliminary licensure.

Bachelors in any area Teaching License

*Successful completion of license-required exams is necessary to earn Oregon preliminary licensure.

Masters in any area Teaching License

*Successful completion of license-required exams is necessary to earn Oregon preliminary licensure.

Teacher Education Programs

If you are entering college, an accredited undergraduate teacher program that offers a major in elementary education should prepare you to earn the multiple subject endorsement you need for teaching at the elementary school level.

If you plan to teach at the middle school or high school level, you will typically choose an undergraduate degree in the area you wish to teach, followed by completing the state-approved teacher preparation master’s degree program and successfully competing licensure tests.

Institutions with NCATE or CAEP accredited* traditional undergraduate teacher preparation programs
Institutions with NCATE or CAEP accredited* Master of Arts in Teaching/preliminary teaching licensure program
Institutions with an NCATE accredited* non-traditional degree completion teacher preparation program

Adult or nontraditional teacher programs admit those students who need to complete a bachelor’s degree while earning their license. To gain admission, students typically must show evidence of semester credits (usually 60 or more) toward completion of a degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Once admitted, they can often complete their elementary education degree in five semesters (20 months).

* Accreditation with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) represents the high standard of quality for teacher preparation set by the academic community and other professional communities. Many NCATE-accredited schools are now moving toward accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP), which will become Oregon’s official national accrediting body by 2022.

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

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The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) is the profession’s mechanism to help establish high quality teacher preparation. Through the process of professional accreditation of schools, colleges and departments of education, NCATE works to make a difference in the quality of teaching and teacher preparation today, tomorrow, and for the next century. NCATE’s performance-based system of accreditation fosters competent classroom teachers and other educators who work to improve the education of all PreK-12 students. NCATE believes every student deserves a caring, competent, and highly qualified teacher.

To determine the best program for you, talk to the admissions counselor at your school of interest.

More information on the teacher education process in Oregon can be found on the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TPSC) site here.

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.