Oregon Teacher Licensure Requirements

Mandatory Licensure Requirements Disclosure - Updated 7/1/20

The United States Department of Education delivered a final rule and in compliance with Federal Regulation, 34 CFR §668.43, the Pacific University College of Education School of Learning and Teaching (SLT) provides the following disclosure related to the educational requirements for professional licensure in teaching.

The determination of meeting the educational requirements for licensure does assume than an individual successfully completes the licensure program and is awarded an undergraduate or graduate degree.  This determination is unrelated to state specific requirements that is outside of SLT's control.

This disclosure is only based off of the published requirements from the state of Oregon and is does not guarantee approval or denial of an application.  This disclosure is based off of the information as of the date of the publication and does not account for any changes in state law or regulation.  It is strongly encouraged to contact the State’s licensing entity to review licensure requirements by state.  A list of the state requirements for the preliminary teaching license can be found on the Oregon Secretary of State’s Teaching Licenses webpage.

Pacific University College of Education’s Teacher Licensure Programs are accredited by the State of Oregon’s Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.

Pacific University College of Education Teacher Licensure Programs meet the minimum educational standards for teacher licensure in Oregon.  Completers of our teacher licensure programs may qualify for license/certificate reciprocity in other states by meeting individual state licensure requirements (i.e., background check, testing, etc.).

Pacific University College of Education has not determined if it meets the educational standards for other states/territories.

Oregon Teacher Licensure Testing Requirements

Program

Test

When Required

ECE/Elem

NES Elementary Education - Both subtests are required

  • Subtest I: Reading, English language arts, social studies
  • Subtest II: Mathematics, science, the arts, health and fitness 

Prior to program completion

ECE/Elem

ORELA Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment

Prior to student teaching

Elem/MS

NES Elementary Education - Both subtests are required

  • Subtest I: Reading, English language arts, social studies
  • Subtest II: Mathematics, science, the arts, health and fitness 

Prior to program completion

Elem/MS

Middle Grades Examination - 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

Elem/MS

ORELA Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment

Prior to student teaching

MS/HS

Subject Matter Examination - ORELA or Praxis

Prior to student teaching

MS/HS

ORELA Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment

Prior to student teaching

Minimum Passing Scores for Oregon Licensure

NES Elementary Education Examination

  • Subtest I: Reading, English Language Arts, Social Studies - 220
  • Subtest II: Mathematics, Science, The Arts, Health and Fitness - 220

Middle Level Tests

  • Middle Grades English Language Arts - 220
  • Middle Grades General Science - 220
  • Middle Grades Social Science - 220

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

  • Middle Grades Mathematics (Basic Math) - 220

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

  • Art - 220
  • Biology - 220
    Note: Valid to teach Biology; Agriculture; Animal Systems; Chemistry; Life Science; Natural Resources; Plant Systems; and Zoology and other specialized courses.
  • Business Education - 220
  • Chemistry - 220
    Note: Valid to teach Chemistry; Integrated Science; Life & Physical Sciences; Physics; Technical Science and other specialized courses.
  • Chinese (Mandarin) - 220
  • English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) - 220
  • French - 220
  • German - 220
  • Health - 220
    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
    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/English Language Arts - 220
  • * Marketing 
  • Mathematics, Advanced - 220
    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 - 220
    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 - 220
  • Physical Education - 220
    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 - 220
    Valid to teach Astronomy; Chemistry; Integrated Science, Life & Physical Sciences; Meteorology, Physics, Robotics, Technical Science and other specialized courses.
  • * Reading Specialist
  • Social Science - 220
  • Spanish - 220
  • Special Education - 220

Subject Endorsements

  • Marketing, Marketing Education Test No. 10561 - 163
  • Reading Specialist, Test No. 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. 

  • Drama
  • Japanese
  • Russian

ORELA Civil Rights

Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment Examination - 240

 

* These tests are currently being offered as part of the Praxis II series through ETS. You can obtain information about test dates, locations, and online registration from Praxis.