Become a Teacher in Oregon

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Teaching in Oregon Snapshot

$60,730Secondary School Teacher Salary
$58,030Elementary School Teacher Salary
$9,945Public School Spending Per Student

All career and salary information pulled from the Bureau of Labor Statisticspupil expenditure information was provided by Governing


OREGON DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

ode.state.or.us/
255 Capitol Street
NE Salem, OR 97310-0203
(503)-947-5600

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Steps to Becoming a Teacher in Oregon

Important Note: Education licensure requirements, statistics and other information are subject to change. Teach.com makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. (Last update: 10/31/2016)

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Prerequisite Coursework in Oregon

Generally speaking, states require that teachers hold at least a Bachelor’s degree. Some states require additional undergraduate coursework, but Oregon does not. In terms of undergraduate requirements, applicants for Oregon’s Preliminary Teaching License must only hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or foreign equivalent.

 

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Oregon Teacher Certification Programs

Educator Preparation Programs in Oregon are reviewed by the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission. In reviewing programs, the commission considers course syllabi, professors’ curriculum vitae, and other aspects. For a full list of teacher education programs approved by the state, see the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission of Oregon.

 

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Required Tests for Oregon

Educators in Oregon must pass two tests. The first is the Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Education Environment Examination, also known as the Civil Rights/Ethics Exam. The second is the Subject Matter Exam specific to the license and endorsement being sought. Depending on the subject area, the particular test may be administered by Oregon Educator Licensure Assessments or ETS Praxis.

You can learn more about the Praxis exams by visiting Teach.coms' Ultimate Guide to the Praxis Exams and read more about teacher certification tests on Teach.com.

Initial Teaching Certifications

Oregon’s Teacher Standards and Practices Commission offers a number of different teaching licenses which are issued according to applicants’ backgrounds. The Preliminary Teaching License is reserved for new teachers who have completed a Commission-approved teacher preparation program. It is valid for three years, and may not be renewed. Following the expiration of the Preliminary Teaching License, teachers in Oregon may apply for the Professional Teaching License, which has a term of five years and may be renewed.

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Alternative Certification in Oregon

Oregon offers a number of alternative teaching licensure options for teachers including a transitional license for teachers to work while getting their full license, and specialized teaching area licenses for subjects such as Chinese and Jazz Dance. Mountain Pacific Region Troops to Teachers program

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Transferring Your Certification

Certification Reciprocity in Oregon

One route to alternative teaching licensure in Oregon is through the Troops to Teachers Program. Focused on assisting eligible military personnel transition into new careers as public school teachers in high-need schools, the program provides former service members with financial assistance, certification support and job hunting advice.

To find out what other state teaching licenses can be used in Oregon, check out our Teacher Certification Reciprocity page on Teach.com.

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Jobs, Benefits, and Opportunities for Teachers in Oregon

Oregon Teaching Jobs

The Oregon Department of Education posts career opportunities on its website and also recommends that job-seekers peruse the Oregon Job Opportunities page on GovernmentJobs.com.

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Oregon Teacher Salary and Incentives

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average teacher in Oregon makes $59,380 per year. Oregon teachers may also receive other compensation, such as loan forgiveness for educators working in high-needs schools.

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Oregon Teacher Benefits and Retirement

The Oregon Department of Education offers a constantly updated series of professional development events which you can find on their the Oregon Department of Education online calendar. The department has also partnered with outside organizations to provide Oregon teachers with additional professional development opportunities, including the Oregon School Personnel Association. Oregon requires a minimum number of Professional Development Units for license renewal. The amount necessary changes over time; check the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission website for current requirements.

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Oregon Teacher Shortage Areas

A teacher shortage area is defined by the U.S. Department of Education as “an area of specific grade, subject matter or discipline classification, or a geographic area in which … there is an inadequate supply of elementary or secondary school teachers.” The Department allows states to identify their own teacher shortage areas, but encourages them to follow a prescribed methodology based on unfilled teaching positions, teaching positions filled by instructors with irregular certifications, and positions filled by teachers certified in other subject areas.

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  • Spanish
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Financial Aid in Oregon

Oregon residents are eligible for the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program and the TEACH Grant, which offer financial aid to students in return for agreements to teach in high-need schools.

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Career Advancement

Professional Development for Oregon Teachers

The Oregon Department of Education offers a constantly updated series of events which you can find with their professional development calendar. The Oregon Department of Education has also partnered with outside organizations in order to provide Oregon teachers with additional professional development opportunities, including the Oregon School Personnel Association (OSPA). Oregon requires a minimum number of Professional Development Units for license renewal. The number changes over time; check the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission website for current requirements.

Benefits of a Master's Degree in Oregon

It is no longer enough to only have years of experience teaching. After No Child Left Behind, the Every Student Succeeds Act and other academic quantification measures, the careers of teachers increasingly depend on their results in the classroom. A master's degree in the field of education can give you more educational theory and classroom skills, as well as increased hands-on student teaching experience with a mentor.

After a master’s program, you may be able to achieve better results in the classroom and have more job security as well as higher pay. According to the Portland Public Schools Teacher Salary Schedule, starting out as a teacher with a master’s degree in Portland, you will earn around $7,325 more than a teacher starting out with only a bachelor’s degree, and this differential will grow with your years of experience.

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University Name Type of Program Program Description
University of Southern California Master of Arts in Teaching The online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from the USC Rossier School of Education prepares you to become a transformative K–12 teacher. Through live online classes and enriching field experiences in your community, you can earn your MAT in less than 18 months without relocating.
Fordham University Master of Science in Teaching The online Master of Science in Teaching program prepares aspiring teachers (grades 1-6) for initial teaching certification or dual certification in teaching and special education.
Harvard University's Bok Center Advanced Certification in Teaching The 8-week Teaching and Learning Strategies for Higher Education online short course is delivered by Harvard’s Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, in association with HarvardX. Students in this course will engage deeply with the most relevant research on effective teaching methods in the higher education context, while refining their own practices, portfolio, and teaching philosophy.
Vanderbilt University Master of Education in School Counseling Vanderbilt University's Peabody College offers an online Master of Education in human development counseling with a specialization in school counseling for students interested in becoming school counselors and making a meaningful difference in K–12 settings.

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