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Oregon Teacher Certification

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To become a certified teacher in Oregon, you will need to fulfill all prerequisite coursework, teacher preparation, and testing requirements.

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Certification Requirements

Important Note: Education licensure requirements and salary statistics (for teachers and administrators) are subject to change. CertificationMap.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 updated: 1/06/2015


Visit Oregon’s interactive License Guide for a complete list of available teacher licenses and their individual requirements.

Oregon Teacher Prerequisite Coursework

All states require that certified teachers at a minimum have a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for licensure in specialty areas. Oregon does not have any general undergraduate credit hour requirements, though coursework can be used to demonstrate competency in a subject when applying for a Basic Teaching License.

Many teachers in Oregon are prepared at the Masters level to teach. Learn about earning your masters in teaching in Oregon.

Oregon Teacher Preparation

The Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission requires prospective teachers to complete a state-approved teacher preparation program.

Alternative Certification

Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree was not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching license, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements. Click here to learn more about Oregon Alternative Certification programs

Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often includes instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (or the art and science of teaching), and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and an internship.

While the involvement in an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of financial resources specifically for teachers exist around the country. For more information on this, visit our page on scholarships for teachers. For more scholarships for teachers exclusive to the State of Oregon, visit our Oregon Teacher Scholarships page.

Oregon Required Tests

Applicants pursuing their Oregon educator certification must successfully complete the following three tests before obtaining their teaching license:

Civil Rights Exam

All educators must submit a passing score on the Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment exam, available only through ORELA

Basic Skills Exam

Oregon accepts passing scores on one of the following Basic Skills tests:

  • ORELA Essential Academic Skills Exam (EAS)
  • Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST)
  • California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST)
  • Washington Educator Skills Test (WEST-B)

Subject Matter Exam(s)

Please visit ORELA for a complete list of available assessments.

Oregon Certification Reciprocity

Oregon will accept some teaching credentials from all but the following states: Alaska, Iowa, Minnesota, Kentucky. Contact the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission to inquire about your specific situation. Please see our interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.

Oregon Teacher Salary

  • Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: Oregon provides loan forgiveness support for teachers teaching in high needs schools
  • Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: Oregon has no induction policies in place
  • Average Elementary Teacher Salary: $51,820
  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: $52,180
  • Teacher Salary vs. State Average Salary: The average teacher in Oregon makes 140% of the salary of the average worker in Oregon
  • Average Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15

Applying for Certification

Background Check

Oregon requires all potential educators to successfully complete a background check and fingerprint clearance on both a state and federal level. Instructions for Oregon’s fingerprinting requirements can be found here.

Oregon DOE Job Resources

The Oregon DOE Job Resources landing page provides teaching applicants with resources regarding different venues to apply and search for teaching opportunities within the Oregon public school system.

Oregon Substitute Teacher Requirements

Please click here to learn more about how to become a substitute teacher in Oregon.

Contact Information

      Oregon State Department of Education

      Teacher Standards and Practices Commission

      250 Division Street, N.E.

      Salem, Oregon 97301

      503-378-3586 – Contact

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