Testing Information – Requirements for the Oregon Initial Teaching License Master of Arts in Teaching (day and evening programs)

Please note: when registering for tests, select Pacific University as a recipient for the test scores.

Program
Test
When Required
ECE/Elem

Basic Skills - Take one of the following tests:

Admission

NES Elementary Education – both subtests are required www.orela.nesinc.com

  • Subtest I: Reading, English Language Arts, Social Studies
  • Subtest II: Mathematics, Science, The Arts, Health and Fitness
Prior to program completion
ORELA Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment www.orela.nesinc.com
Prior to student teaching
Elem/MS

Basic Skills - Take one of the following tests:

Admission

NES Elementary Education – both subtests are required www.orela.nesinc.com

  • Subtest I: Reading, English Language Arts, Social Studies
  • Subtest II: Mathematics, Science, The Arts, Health and Fitness

Prior to program completion

Middle Grades Examination required for Highly Qualified Designation - www.orela.nesinc.com
Candidates can choose from any of the following:

  • Middle Grades English Language Arts
  • Middle Grades General Science
  • Middle Grades Social Science
  • Middle Grades Mathematics

Alternately, candidates may choose to complete a secondary level subject matter exam.

Prior to student teaching
ORELA Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment www.orela.nesinc.com Prior to student teaching
MS/HS

Basic Skills - Take one of the following tests:

Admission
Subject Matter Examination - www.orela.nesinc.com or www.est.org/praxis
Please refer to the Minimum Passing Scores for Oregon Licensure for test selection.
Prior to student teaching
ORELA Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment www.orela.nesinc.com Prior to student teaching

Minimum Passing Scores for Oregon Licensure

Basic Skills
Passing Score
EAS Subtest I: Reading
220
EAS Subtest II: Writing
220
EAS Subtest III: Mathematics
220
Praxis Core Academic Skills: Reading
156
Praxis Core Academic Skills: Writing
162
Praxis Core Academic Skills: Mathematics
150
WEST-B: Mathematics
240
WEST-B: Reading
240
WEST-B: Writing
240
NES Elementary Education Examination
Passing Score
Subtest I: Reading, English Language Arts, Social Studies
227
Subtest II: Mathematics, Science, The Arts, Health and Fitness
228
Middle Level HQ Tests
Passing Score
Middle Grades English Language Arts
222
Middle Grades General Science
228
Middle Grades Social Science
237
Note: Middle level tests for language arts, science, and social studies are only valid to teach at the middle school level.
Middle Level Basic Math Endorsement
Passing Score
Middle Grades Mathematics (Basic Math)
225
Note: The Basic Math endorsement is valid to teach any course in middle school or high school at or below Algebra I including Remedial Math; Mathematics; Basic Math; Math Concepts (grades 6-8); Pre-Algebra; Introductory Algebra; Basic Algebra; Algebra I; Competency Mathematics; Consumer Mathematics; General Math I & II; Mathematics Fundamentals; Math Lab; Middle Mathematics Skills; Problem Solving; and other math-related courses at or below the Algebra I level.
Subject Matter Examinations
Passing Score
**Art (requires two authorization levels – ECE/ELEM or ELEM/MS or MS/HS)
230
Biology (Middle school and/or high school authorization levels)
220
Note: Valid to teach Biology; Agriculture; Animal Systems; Chemistry; Life Science; Natural Resources; Plant Systems; and Zoology and other specialized courses.
Business Education (Middle school and/or high school authorization levels)
234
Chemistry (Middle school and/or high school authorization levels)
220
Note: Valid to teach Chemistry; Integrated Science; Life & Physical Sciences; Physics; Technical Science and other specialized courses.
Chinese (Mandarin) (Middle school and/or high school authorization levels)
220
**English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
228
French (Middle school and/or high school authorization levels)
220
German (Middle school and/or high school authorization levels)
220
Health (Middle school and/or high school authorization levels)
240
Note: Valid to teach Health Education; Advanced Health; Food and Fitness; Drug Education; Health Promotion; Health and Wellness Education; Individual Health Projects; Chemical and Substance Abuse Education; Family Living, and other health-related courses or activities.
Integrated Science

General Science

220
Note: Valid to teach Agriculture; Astronomy; General Biology; Botany; General Chemistry; Earth Science; Integrated Science; Life & Physical Science; Natural Resources; General Physics and other specialized courses.
Language Arts (Middle school and/or high school authorization levels)

English Language Arts

236
*Marketing  
Mathematics, Advanced (Middle school and/or high school authorization levels)

Mathematics

 
Note: Valid to teach Advanced Algebra; Trigonometry; Pre-Calculus; Calculus; Statistics & Probability; Geometry; Survey Geometry; Trigonometry Analysis; and Other math-related courses. Required to teach above the Algebra I level.
Mathematics, Basic (Middle school and/or high school authorization levels)

Middle Grades Mathematics

225
Note: Valid to teach any course in middle school or high school at or below Algebra I including Remedial Math; Mathematics; Basic Math; Math Concepts (grades 6-8); Pre-Algebra; Introductory Algebra; Basic Algebra; Algebra I; Competency Mathematics; Consumer Mathematics; General Math I & II; Mathematics Fundamentals; Math Lab; Middle Mathematics Skills; Problem Solving, and other math-related courses at or below the Algebra I level.
**Music (requires two authorization levels – ECE/ELEM or ELEM/MS or MS/HS)
220
**Physical Education (requires two authorization levels – ECE/ELEM or ELEM/MS or MS/HS)
224
Note: Valid to teach games and sports skills; Gymnastics; Movement; Personal & Social Development; Physical Fitness and Body Development; Rhythms; Adaptive motor skills, and athletic training.
Physics (Middle school and/or high school authorization levels)
232
Note: Valid to teach Astronomy; Chemistry; Integrated Science, Life & Physical Sciences; Meteorology, Physics, Robotics, Technical Science and other specialized courses.
*Reading Specialist
Social Studies (Middle school and/or high school authorization levels)

Social Science

237
Spanish (Middle school and/or high school authorization levels)
226
Special Education (requires two authorization levels - ECE/Elem or MS/HS)
228

*The following tests are currently being offered as part of the Praxis II series through ETS. You can obtain information about test dates, locations, and on-line registration at the Praxis website (www.ets.org/praxis).

Subject Endorsements
Test Number
Passing Score
Marketing (High school authorization level only)

Marketing Education

10561
163
**Reading Specialist (requires two authorization levels - ECE/Elem or MS/HS)
0301
164
Subjects for Which No Exam is Required
A transcript evaluation is required to qualify for these endorsements. In addition, to be recommended for an endorsement in either Japanese or Russian, candidates must achieve a score of Intermediate High or above on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Oral Proficiency Interview and the Writing Proficiency Test. See ACTFL website for additional information.
Drama (Middle school and/or high school authorization levels)
Japanese (Middle school and/or high school authorization levels)
Russian (Middle school and/or high school authorization levels)
ORELA Civil Rights
Passing Score
Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment Examination
240

**The following subject areas require two authorizations (ECE/Elem, Elem/MS, or MS/HS) and do not require the Multiple Subjects Examination (All other licensure tests still apply for these endorsements):