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To become a certified teacher in Oregon, you will need to fulfill these requirements:
Step One: Complete a bachelor's degree and other prerequisite coursework required.
Step Two: Complete a state-approved teacher preparation program
Step Three: Pass required exams.
Step Four: Submit an Oregon teaching credential application.
Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible, and we are dedicated to updating CertificationMap.com with new information on a regular basis.
Step One: Oregon Prerequisite Coursework
Generally, states require that certified teachers hold, at a minimum, 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, according to the state Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.
Many teachers in Oregon complete a master’s degree as part of their teacher preparation. Learn more about earning your Master’s in Teaching in Oregon on Certification Map.
Many schools of education now offer online MAT programs that provide increased flexibility by allowing aspiring or working teachers to attend class and complete coursework from any location that has an Internet connection. Online MAT programs are a practical option for students who have professional and personal commitments that make it difficult to obtain teaching certification through a full-time program.
The best online programs offer the same curriculum as the school’s on-campus program and apply the same admission requirements. Providing students with the ability to communicate with instructors and classmates in a face-to-face online environment is another hallmark of a good online program. In addition, candidates in online MAT programs should be provided with the opportunity to complete student teaching fieldwork in the local community.
Typically, teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. Coursework often includes instruction on foundational knowledge, skills, and pedagogy (the art and science of teaching), as well as preparation in researching, designing and implementing learning experiences in various fields of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and internships.
While the involvement in a teacher preparation program may seem financially daunting, a number of resources are available for educators around the country. For more information on this, visit the Certification Map page on scholarships for teachers. For teacher scholarships exclusive to the state of Oregon, visit the Certification Map Oregon Teacher Scholarships page.
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. Learn more about Oregon Alternative Certification programs on Certification Map.
Educators must additionally submit a passing score on the Subject Matter Exam(s) specific to the license and endorsement being sought. Depending on the subject area, the particular test may be administered by ORELA or Educational Testing Service (ETS).