Teaching License Program | Professional

The Professional Teaching License (PTL) program is designed for practicing teachers who have completed a bachelor's degree and want to add a Master of Education degree or who hold a master's degree and want to move to the Professional Teaching License. Candidates must hold an Oregon Initial Teaching License and have taught at least half-time for five years.

Offered part-time for working professionals, the PTL program is designed to enable practicing teachers to develop and document advanced competence in meeting the education needs of individual students within a collaborative learning community. The program must be completed within six years.

Authorizations may be added in early childhood education, elementary education, middle school education and high school education.

Endorsements may be added in the following subject areas: art, business, drama, world languages (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish), health, language arts, marketing, mathematics (basic and advanced), music, physical education, science (biology, chemistry, integrated science, and physics), and social studies. Endorsements also are available for reading specialists, ESOL, and special education.

To earn an endorsement in Chinese, Russian or Japanese, see the requirements under the Master of Arts in Teaching program.


Diana Watkins | Associate Director of Graduate & Professional Admissions
503-352-1435 | teach@pacificu.edu

Shelley Smolnisky, Associate Dean, Eugene Campus
541-485-6812 | smolniskys@pacificu.edu

Assistant Professor; Special Education Program Coordinator (Forest Grove)
Assistant Professor; Undergraduate Program Coordinator (Eugene); Campus Director (Eugene)

Curriculum for the MEd program for candidates holding an Initial Teaching License and bachelor's degree


The Foundation Core Credit Hrs


Introduction to Professional Inquiry



The Scholarship of Teaching



Planning the Inquiry Project



Completing the Inquiry Project



One Technology Course: EDUC-682 Technology Enhanced Learning Environments (2cr) recommended. An alternative course will be accepted upon approval of the program advisor.



Note: Any candidate not adding an endorsement or authorization as part of a MEd program will need to take at least one class related to curriculum/curriculum development and one class dealing with differentiation as electives. Listed below are suggested courses:



Specialization Core - Continuing Professional Development



The required courses for each of the Specialization Core areas are listed in the Endorsement and Certificate Program sections. In some cases, candidates have an opportunity to add some electives into their Specialization Core area.



Portfolio Development



Portfolio Presentation



Elective Courses



Meeting the Needs of All Learners



School and Community Leadership



Advanced Teaching and Learning



Total credits required for MEd


Curriculum for the license-only program for candidates holding an Initial Teaching License and master’s degree from a MAT program

Section Deepening Knowledge for Practice, Developing Knowledge in Practice, and Advancing Knowledge of the Field of Education Credit Hrs
  Candidates will elect 4 credits of study in subject content, endorsement content, teaching pedagogy, and/or teacher research practices. 4
  Continuing Professional Development  
EDUC-625 Portfolio Development 1
EDUC-628 Portfolio Presentation 1
  Total credits required for PTL 6