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Oregon Alternative Certification Programs

If you’re looking to become a teacher in Oregon but hold a bachelor’s degree in a different field, there are several options available in the state that will allow you to become a certified teacher in a short period of time. Here is a look at the programs offered and what you need to know to apply.

Program Name: No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Alternative Route Teaching License

Program Mission and Overview
The NCLB Alternative Route Teaching License program allows prospective teachers to earn a teaching certificate valid for three years in the district the candidate teaches. College-level coursework must be completed to advance to a permanent teaching degree.

Eligibility and How to Apply
Candidates must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in an area other than education.
  • Demonstrate subject competency through:
  • Passing a TSPC-approved skills test.
  • Having an undergraduate degree or coursework in a core subject area.
  • Having a graduate degree in a core subject area.
  • Obtain employment through an Oregon school district. Candidates must co-apply with the hiring district.
  • Work with the employing school district to determine where to attend courses and which courses are required

Financial Information
Tuition and fees vary depending on the institution candidates choose to attend.

Program Name: Restricted Transitional Teaching License

Program Mission and Overview
The Restricted Transitional Teaching License allows prospective teachers to earn a temporary license, valid for three years, so they can gain hands-on experience teaching under a mentor. While candidates teach with the temporary license, they fulfill course requirements to earn an initial license to become a certified teacher.

Eligibility and How to Apply
Candidates must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject (e.g. math, science, English) from an accredited university.
  • Pass the basic skills and content area tests.
  • Provide two teacher work samples demonstrating the ability to teach students.
  • Obtain employment with an Oregon school district.
  • Apply to an approved university to complete the necessary coursework to qualify for the initial license after the Restricted Transitional Teaching License expires.

Financial Information
The cost of tuition and fees varies depending on the institution candidates choose to attend.

Program Name: Limited Teaching License

Program Mission and Overview
This program is designed to offer teaching certification to individuals who want to teach in an area that is considered to be more of an extra-curricular or vocational subject, such as dance, computer technology and certain foreign languages. This license can be issued only by the school that needs a specialized teacher.

Eligibility and How to Apply

  • Candidates interested in this licensing program must have at least an associate’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Candidates must obtain employment with an Oregon school district. The school district must provide evidence as to why they cannot hire a fully certified teacher to fulfill this role.
  • Prospective teachers co-apply with the school district where they will work. No additional coursework is required.

Financial Information
The cost of this program is limited to the licensing fee of $120.

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