College of Education: Test Information

Testing Requirements for Oregon Initial Teaching Licensure


All candidates for Initial Teaching Licensure programs must pass a basic skills test for admission. Candidates with an earned master's or doctoral degree, conferred prior to admission, are exempt from taking the basic skills test.
All other applicable tests must be passed prior to the start of student teaching.

 

Passing Test Scores Required For Oregon Initial Teaching License – Basic Skills

Candidates must show evidence of having competency in basic skills by submitting passing scores on one of the following tests: Essential Academic Skills Test (EAS), Praxis Core Academic Skills Test (CAS), California Basic Educational Skills Test Computer-Based Test (CBEST CBT), or Washington Educator Skills Test-Basic (WEST-B). You can obtain information about test dates, locations, and on-line registration at the ORELA www.orela.nesinc.com), Praxis (www.ets.org/praxis/or/requirements), WEST-B (www.west.nesinc.com/), and CBEST (www.cbest.nesinc.com) websites. Note: Candidates with an earned master's or doctoral degree, conferred prior to admission, are exempt from taking the basic skills test.

Basic Skills
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

Passing Test Scores Required For Oregon Initial Teaching License Authorization Levels & Endorsements

Elementary Education
Candidates for the early childhood (grades PreK-4), elementary (grades 3-8), and middle school (grades 5-9) authorization levels must show evidence of competency in multiple subjects by passing the NES Elementary Education Exam. You can obtain information about the tests, testing locations, and on-line registration at the ORELA website (www.orela.nesinc.com).

Multiple Subjects Examination
Passing Score
Subtest I
227
Subtest II
228

Middle Level Subjects Requiring Highly Qualified Status
Candidates for the middle level authorization level (grades 5-9) may become highly qualified to teach in core subject areas by showing single subject mastery in one or more of the following ORELA tests. You can obtain more information about the tests, testing locations, and on-line registration at the ORELA website (www.orela.nesinc.com). Note: Candidates must also meet state licensure requirements for the middle school authorization level by passing the NES Elementary Education Exam.

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
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 Endorsements (High School Authorization Levels)
Candidates for the high school authorization level (grades 9-12) must show single subject mastery in each endorsement area by passing the appropriate subject area test(s). You can obtain information about tests, testing locations, and on-line registration at the ORELA website (www.orela.nesinc.com). Candidates who pass these exams are qualified to teach the endorsement at the middle school level (unless noted) if they have met the authorization level requirements (multiple subjects test; practicum; developmental psychology and other appropriate coursework). Candidates seeking endorsements in the following areas (Art, ESOL, ESOL Bilingual, Music, Physical Education, Reading, Special Education) must qualify, through approved academic preparation in the desired authorization levels and through supervised work experience or student teaching, for authorization at any of the following two levels: early childhood and elementary; elementary and middle level; or middle level and high school. The NES Elementary Education Exam is not required for these dual authorization endorsement areas. Taking these tests prior to admission may be in your best interest.

Subject Endorsements
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
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
TBD
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 (see below)
Mathematics, Advanced (Middle school and/or high school authorization levels)

Mathematics

225
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 (see below)
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 Elem/MS 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 ELEM/MS or MS/HS)
0301
164

Endorsements Which Have No Examinations Assigned
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)

 

Other Tests Required For Licensure

Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment Examination
The ORELA Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment Examination is required of all candidates seeking Oregon initial licensure, including authorizations at the early childhood, elementary, middle, and/or high school levels.

Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment Examination
240

English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement
The NES English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Examination is required of candidates seeking licensure as ESOL teachers. You can obtain information about test dates, locations, and on-line registration at the ORELA website (www.orela.nesinc.com). Candidates seeking this endorsement must qualify, through approved academic preparation in the desired authorization levels and through supervised work experience or student teaching, for authorization at any of the following two levels: early childhood and elementary; elementary and middle level; or middle level and high school. The Elementary Education Exam is not required for these dual authorization endorsement areas. Taking these tests prior to admission may be in your best interest.

ESOL (requires two authorization levels – ECE/ELEM or ELEM/MS or MS/HS)
NES ESOL
228
ESOL Bilingual (requires two authorization levels – ECE/ELEM or ELEM/MS or MS/HS)
NES ESOL
228
Note: In addition, candidates must achieve a score of Intermediate High or above in a target language on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Oral Proficiency Interview.

 

Fee Waivers

Fee waivers for ORELA and NES tests may be available for college students who meet the eligibility criteria indicated below. You may receive only one fee waiver per year. Requests are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. To be eligible for a fee waiver, you must meet the following conditions:

To apply for a fee waiver, submit a completed Fee Waiver Request Formpdf Document before registering to test.

 

For More Information

Contact Person: Diana Watkins, Assistant Director of Graduate & Professional Admissions
Email: teach@pacificu.edu
Phone: 503-352-1435