Become a Teacher in Oregon

Oregon Highlights

Avg. Elementary Teacher Salary: $65,640
Avg. Secondary Teacher Salary: $69,660
Vacation Weeks Per Year: 17

Figures regarding teacher salaries are sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics report.

Important Note: Education licensure requirements, statistics and other information are subject to change. 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: 08/11/2018

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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 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.

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Master’s Requirements

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.

Learn more about getting your MAT online with USC Rossier School of Education.

Step Two: Oregon Teacher Preparation

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

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.

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. Learn more about Oregon Alternative Certification programs on Certification Map.

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Step Three: Oregon Required Tests

Applicants pursuing their Oregon educator certification must successfully complete the following two tests before obtaining their teaching license, according to the state Teacher Standards and Practices Commission:

Civil Rights Exam

All educators must submit a passing score on the Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment Examination, available only through Oregon Educator Licensure Assessments (ORELA).

Subject Matter Exam(s)

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).

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Step Four: Oregon Application Requirements

Visit the website of Oregon’s Teacher Standards and Practices Commission for a complete list of available teacher licenses and their individual requirements.

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 on the state Teacher Standards and Practices Commission website.

Oregon Department of Education Job Resources

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

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Oregon Certification Reciprocity

Oregon will accept some out-of-state teaching credentials. Contact Oregon’s Teacher Standards and Practices Commission to inquire about your specific situation. Please see the Certification Map interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.

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Oregon Teacher Salary

  • Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: Oregon provides loan forgiveness support for teachers working in high-needs schools.
  • Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: Oregon has some induction policies in place, such as the Oregon Beginning Teacher and Administrator Mentorship Program.
  • Average Elementary Teacher Salary: $65,640
  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: $69,660
  • Teacher Salary vs. State Average Salary: The average teacher in Oregon makes 123% of the salary of the average worker in the state.
  • Average Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: 17

Figures regarding teacher salaries are sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics report.

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Oregon Certification Resources & Links

Teacher Standards and Practices Commission
250 Division Street, N.E.
Salem, Oregon 97301-1012

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