Oregon Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide
The information found below is designed as a guide to help future teachers find educator preparation programs in Oregon. In order to be eligible to teach in the state, teachers must complete a state-approved program at an accredited school. Fortunately, there are several colleges and universities that offer such degree programs. Check our lists of top-rated teaching programs, table of accredited, state-approved preparation programs, and student reviews to better understand your options. This guide is a good place to find the right program, whether you are fresh out of college or an experienced teacher looking to advance your career.
- There are 31 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in Oregon.1
- 14 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in education.1
- 15 schools offer a bachelor’s degree in education.1
- 15 schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.1
- No schools ranked in Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Education Majors 2022.2
- 2 schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2023.3
- 3 schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2022.4
- 6 educator preparation providers (EPPs) are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP.
For not-for-profit schools with teacher degree programs.
Table of Contents
- Teacher Preparation Program Comparison
- Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs
- Select Schools with Teacher Preparation Degrees
- Schools with Associate Degrees in Education
- Student Reviews
Comparison of Oregon Schools with Teacher Preparation Programs
We have designed the following table to help you compare teacher preparation programs in
Oregon according to various factors. All of the schools included are not-for-profit institutions approved by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) State School Board for the preparation of teachers. Completing a state-approved teacher preparation program is an important step towards earning licensure.
While accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is not a requirement for licensure, it is included in the following table as CAEP provides a highly-regarded accreditation that is accepted in many states.
You will also find data on teacher preparation program enrollment, completion, and licensing exam pass rates by institution, for both traditional and alternative programs, for the 2019-2020 academic year in this table. These data points are collected from annual US Department of Education records under Title II (Teacher Quality) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which provides for reporting that holds institutions and state departments of education accountable for increasing academic achievement through improvements in teacher quality. Traditional teacher preparation programs are usually completed as part of a bachelor’s degree program. Alternative certification programs are typically designed for career changers looking to enter the field and lead to a postgraduate certificate or a master’s degree. Many schools in our table offer both traditional and alternative programs. Take a look at our Oregon traditional and alternative certification guides for more information.
Finally, we have provided the net price per year for undergraduate tuition, based on the cost of attendance (tuition, books, room and board, and related expenses) for students who qualify for in-state tuition and fees, less the average financial aid award (including grants and scholarships).
|State-Approved School||CAEP Accred.?5||Trad. Teacher Program Enrollment6||Trad. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers6||Trad. Licensing Exams Pass Rate6||Alt. Teacher Program Enrollment6||Alt. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers6||Alt. Licensing Exams Pass Rate6||Net Price1|
|Eastern Oregon University||No||122||65||100%||—||—||—||$15,436|
|George Fox University||No||395||131||100%||—||—||—||$29,589|
|Lewis and Clark College||Yes||109||53||86%||—||—||—||$37,478|
|Oregon State University||Yes||284||171||100%||—||—||—||$21,444|
|Oregon State University-Cascades||Yes||—||—||—||—||—||—||$19,735|
|Portland State University||Yes||597||199||100%||—||—||—||$12,195|
|Southern Oregon University||No||194||105||100%||—||—||—||$10,806|
|University of Oregon||No||289||125||93%||—||—||—||$17,646|
|University of Portland||Yes||194||61||N.Av.||—||—||—||$37,317|
|Warner Pacific University||No||98||8||80%||—||—||—||$20,646|
|Western Oregon University||Yes||590||265||100%||—||—||—||$14,400|
- — indicates none or not applicable.
- N.Av. indicates data was not available or pass rates were omitted for confidentiality.
Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs in North Dakota
US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2023
- University of Oregon (#14 tie)
- Oregon State University (#138 tie)
US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2022
- Portland State University (#60 tie)
- Eastern Oregon University (#162 tie)
- Southern Oregon University (#242-321)
Select Oregon Schools with Teacher Preparation Degrees
With its main campus in Corvallis, Oregon State University’s (OSU) College of Education offers both undergraduate degrees for those starting their education career and graduate degrees for those looking to continue their path. Undergraduate students can obtain a Bachelor of Speech (BS) in Elementary Education or a double degree that combines the BS with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in a chosen academic field. Undergrad students can also receive a Minor in Education while pursuing another degree, or join a hybrid program that also leads to a BS, the Clinically Based Elementary Education (BS-CBEE) program. At the graduate level, students can choose between a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Adult and Higher Education; a Master of Science (MS) in Education (Science or Math); or a Master of Teaching (MAT) in Teaching (Elementary, Secondary, or hybrid Clinically Based Elementary). Finally, OSU offers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education and certificates in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Instructional Design.
The University of Oregon’s (UO) College of Education offers multiple options for students looking to become educators. For undergraduate students, the options include a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Speech (BS) in the UO Educational Foundations Program. This program sets students up for licensure through the UOTeach Curriculum and Teaching program, a one-year additional program that grants both licensure and a Master of Education (M.Ed.) with a specialty in Elementary Multiple Subjects or Middle-High School Dual Subject. OSU also offers a Master of Science (MS) in Curriculum and Teacher Education and multiple master’s degree options in Special Education. Those more interested in research can get a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Critical and Sociocultural Studies in Education or Quantitative Research Methods, while those interested in administrative roles have several choices that include graduate degrees in Education Policy, Educational Leadership, and licensure for administrators.
Schools with Associate Degrees in Education
While a bachelor’s degree is the minimum educational level required to qualify for state certification, an associate’s degree can be the first step towards a career in education. It can qualify graduates for careers in non-licensed roles in early childhood education, after-school care, and related areas. The credits earned from an accredited associate degree program can also typically be transferred towards a bachelor’s degree. The following Alabama schools offer associate’s degrees in education.1 Schools with an asterisk (*) also offer four-year teaching programs and/or alternative route to certification programs.
Blue Mountain Community College
2411 NW Carden Ave
Pendleton, OR 97801
Central Oregon Community College
2600 NW College Way
Bend, OR 97703
Chemeketa Community College
4000 Lancaster Dr NE
Salem, OR 97305
Columbia Gorge Community College
400 E Scenic Dr
The Dalles, OR 97058
5000 Deer Park Dr SE
Salem, OR 97317
Eastern Oregon University*
1 University Blvd
La Grande, OR 97850
Klamath Community College
7390 S 6th St
Klamath Falls, OR 97603
Linn-Benton Community College
6500 Pacific Blvd SW
Albany, OR 97321
Mt Hood Community College
26000 SE Stark St
Gresham, OR 97030
Pacific Bible College
28 S Fir St Suite 212
Medford, OR 97501
Portland Community College
12000 SW 49th Ave
Portland, OR 97219
Rogue Community College
3345 Redwood Hwy
Grants Pass, OR 97527
Southwestern Oregon Community College
1988 Newmark Ave
Coos Bay, OR 97420
Treasure Valley Community College
650 College Blvd
Ontario, OR 97914
Portland Community College*
12000 SW 49th Ave
Portland, OR 97219
Portland State University
1825 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. The Princeton Review. The Best 385 Colleges, 2022 Edition. The Princeton Review, 2021.
3. US News & World Report Best Graduate Education Schools 2023: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/edu-rankings
4. US News & World Report Best Online Graduate Education Schools 2022: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/rankings
5. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP): http://caepnet.org/provider-search
6. US Department of Education 2021 Title II Report: https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx