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How to Become a Teacher in Oregon: Teacher Certification

These are the usual steps a person might take to become certified to teach in the state of Oregon. Please check with your state to make sure you have the most up-to-date information about the certification process.

For information on teaching salaries in Oregon and other related data, see here.

Traditional Approach for Oregon Teacher Certification

  1. Bachelor's/ master's degree
  2. Student Teaching - minimum requirement
  3. Earn passing grades on the Basic Skills Test (CBEST) or Praxis (PPST). Individuals with PhD’s may be exempt from these tests.
  4. Earn a passing score on the Specialty Area Tests (ETS/NES)
  5. Pass the Oregon Civil Rights Knowledge Requirements
  6. Submit the following:
    • Completed Application
    • $62 check/money order for fingerprint processing fee and background check
    • $100 check/money order for certification fees
    • Official Transcripts of all degrees and credits you have earned
    • Also, include copies of all test scores
    • Mail to: Teacher Standards and Practices Commission
      465 Commercial St. NE
      Salem, OR. 97301
      (503) 378-3586
  7. Do you want to renew your Oregon Teacher Certification?

Alternative Approach for Oregon Teacher Certification

This is also called the Oregon Restricted Transitional Certification. With this permit, you can begin your teaching career before you complete your teacher education program.

  1. You'll still need to have earned your degree
  2. Complete a fingerprint and background check
  3. A school district must co-sign your application
  4. That school district has to assign you a mentor
  5. Complete your teacher education program within the 3 years you hold the temporary certification
  6. Call (503) 378-3586 to begin the process

Sources:

Educational Testing Service, https://www.ets.org/

Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission, http://www.oregon.gov/tspc/Pages/index.aspx

TSPC Publications, Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission, http://www.tspc.state.or.us/pubs.asp?op=4&id=0

TSPC Forms and Instructions, Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission, http://www.tspc.state.or.us/forms.asp?op=5&id=0

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