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 for Highly Qualified Designation -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 - 227
  • Subtest II: Mathematics, Science, The Arts, Health and Fitness - 228

Middle Level HQ Tests

  • Middle Grades English Language Arts - 222
  • Middle Grades General Science - 228
  • Middle Grades Social Science - 237

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) - 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 Examinations

  • ** 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
    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 (Middle school and/or high school authorization levels) - 236
  • * Marketing 
  • Mathematics, Advanced (Middle school and/or high school authorization levels)
    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) - 225
    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
    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
    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

Subject Endorsements

  • Marketing (High school authorization level only), Marketing Education Test No. 10561 - 163
  • ** Reading Specialist (requires two authorization levels - ECE/Elem or MS/HS), 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 (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

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.

** These 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.