The Oregon Teaching and Certification Resource
How to Become a Teacher in Oregon
The state of Oregon offers several different licensure options for candidates wishing to earn an Oregon teacher certification and teach in Oregon. Those candidates following a traditional route to certification will first be issued an Initial Teaching License, after which they can become eligible for more tenured levels of certification such as Basic Teaching, Standard, Teaching, and Continuing Teaching. Eligible applicants who seek certification through an alternative route may receive an Emergency Teaching certificate, a Restricted Transitional Teaching license, a Limited certificate, a Three-Year Career and Technical Education Teaching License, or a NCLB Alternative Route Teaching license, depending upon their qualifications.
- I want to be a teacher in Oregon, but don’t have a degree: Earn an Education Degree
- I want to be a teacher and have a degree, but not in education: Learn about Oregon’s Alternative Certification Process and Programs
- I have a teaching degree and am interested in more education: Learn about Master’s Degree Education Programs or Doctorate Education Programs and Information.
- MS in Education (for Existing Teachers Grades K-12)
- MA in Teaching (for Aspiring Teachers Grades 5-12)
Oregon Teacher Education Requirements
Eligible candidates for teacher certification are traditionally those who have completed an approved teacher preparation program that culminated in a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institute of higher learning. Certain levels of certification such as the Standard Teaching designation require that the candidate hold a master’s degree or higher. Candidates who have not completed a teacher preparation program but have at least a bachelor’s degree may qualify for alternative certification.
The Occupational Supply and Demand System projects 3,130 annual job openings in education and library related fields in Oregon through 2018. In fall 2008 and 2007 respectively, the National Center for Education Statistics reported 30,152 public school and 4,740 private school teachers employed in Oregon. The average beginning teaching salary is $31,556 and the overall average teaching salary is $56,503, the 15th highest average among US states according to the National Education Association. The NEA characterizes Oregon’s education job market as tight in all areas except special education and some specialty areas. A nationwide increase in retirement rate, due to an aging teaching population, may increase employment opportunity over the next few years. However, subject specialization and additional degrees or certification will likely improve employability across the state. The Oregon Education Association includes updates on job opportunities, policy changes and budget allocation for Oregon educators and is a good resource for newly certified teachers interested in Oregon.
Oregon Teacher Testing Requirements
Oregon is the first state in the nation to adopt a new set of teacher certification tests from Pearson called the National Evaluation Series (NES). This series is designed to assess the teaching candidate’s propensity for higher order thinking skills, pedagogical knowledge, and subject-area expertise. The tests use the latest in assessment technology to allow candidates the option of taking their tests online and seeing the results right away. This new series of tests will replace the Praxis series as the state’s teacher-certification assessment requirement.
Oregon Teacher Salary and Jobs
|Type||Number Employed||Average Annual Salary|
|Elementary School Teachers||11,980||$54,990|
|Middle School Teachers||5,590||$54,550|
|Secondary School Teachers||8,570||$54,950|
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2012.
Frequently Asked Questions about Becoming a Teacher in Oregon
Question: What are the requirements to become a high school teacher in Oregon?
Answer: To become a high school teacher in Oregon, you must get a certificate through the state with a high school authorization level. The requirements for certification are completion of a baccalaureate program and an education program. The latter includes a student teaching experience.
Page edited by Charles Sipe.