OR Certification Requirements and Available Licenses

 Oregon Certification Requirements & Available Licenses


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Reciprocal Administrator License

Oregon has the following general requirements for all applicants for initial teacher certification who complete an out of state teacher preparation program:

1. RECIPROCITY REQUIREMENTS: Possession of a valid teaching license from the home state of the approved preparation program in the teaching area for which Oregon licensure is required. (Please see Utah teacher certification requirements.) An out-of-state teaching license is NOT required to add an endorsement to an existing Oregon teaching license (except Educational Leadership).

2. DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: Graduation from a Bachelor's degree program or higher from a regionally accredited college or university.

3. PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: Completion of a state-approved teacher education program and hold a valid and active non-provisional teaching license from another state.


4. CONTENT AND CIVIL RIGHTS EXAMS: Passing scores on the required subject matter examinations for Utah certification, and on the ORELA Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment Examination.  Oregon accepts Praxis exams passed for certification in other states, so WGU graduates should submit their Praxis exam scores to the Oregon TSPC when applying for their Oregon certification. 

5. FINGERPRINTING: Students must obtain both a UT clearance for their UT license and a fingerprint clearance for OR. Please see the Oregon Background Clearance Information article in the student handbook for instructions and links to the fingerprinting sites. 


6. TEACHING PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT: Completion of the Oregon Teaching Performance Assessment (for students beginning demonstration teaching on or after 8/1/2016.)

For further details on these requirements, please see the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission website.





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