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

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Teacher Education Programs

If you are entering college, traditional undergraduate teacher programs prepare you to become an elementary, middle school or high school teacher in either a four- or five-year plan.
The first way to pursue a teaching license is to complete a four-year undergraduate degree, usually with an education major.

Institutions with NCATE accredited* traditional undergraduate teacher preparation programs
NCATE accredited* post-baccalaureate (5th-year) teacher preparation programs

Most NCATE accredited institutions in Oregon offer fifth-year post-baccalaureate options, but none promote them as stand-alone programs. Contact the school for more information.

Institutions with NCATE accredited* Master of Arts in Teaching/initial 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).

*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 P-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 and arrange to sit in on a class.

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.