Oregon Alternative Teaching License
If you want to become a teacher in Oregon, there are a few different ways to obtain a license allowing you to start a new career. Discover what you can do if you haven't gone through a traditional teacher education program in Oregon.
Alternative License Information for Teachers in Oregon
Although there are alternative types of licenses available in Oregon, the process to obtain them is mostly the same as a traditional route through a degree program. Some can be renewed for as long as you plan to have a career in teaching, while others will only last for a few extensions.
|Education/Experience Required||Minimum of an associate degree|
|Exams Required||Civil and Student Rights Exam; other exams may be required|
|License Validity||Three years for a Limited Teaching License|
One year for Restricted Teaching License
|License Extension||Continuous three-year renewals for Limited Teaching License |
Two extensions for Restricted Teaching License
|Average Oregon Salary (2018)*||$67,910 for elementary school, $75,280 for middle school, and $72,640 for high school teachers|
|National Job Growth (2016-2026)*||7% for elementary school teachers|
8% for middle school and high school teachers
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Alternative License Options
If you haven't gone through a teacher education program but you still possess some advanced knowledge of a subject, you can pursue a Limited Teaching License. You won't be able to apply for the license until you receive sponsorship from the school district that plans to hire you. Limited licenses can be renewed every three years. You could also apply for a Restricted Teaching License, which lasts for several more years than the limited license, but must be upgraded to a Preliminary Teaching License within three years. Your initial restricted license will be good for one year, and you can reapply for two additional years.
Education and Training Requirements
To obtain a Limited Teaching License, you must possess a minimum of an associate degree. You could, for example, obtain an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree, which typically takes two years to earn. If you decide to pursue a higher degree later, you should be able to apply your earned credits to a bachelor's program. For a Restricted Teaching License, you will need a bachelor's degree, along with a history of experience in the subject you plan to teach.
All educators in Oregon, regardless of their type of license, are required to pass the Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment exam. You will need at least a 240 score to pass this test, which lasts for an hour and a half. The exam has 60 questions, all of which come in multiple-choice format. The registration fee is $95, which you can pay online when selecting a date and site for your exam. Your score reports are available no later than three weeks after you complete the exam.
Other License Requirements
Limited and restricted licenses require you to undergo a background check to clear you of any previous criminal history and child abuse. You can submit official transcripts from your college and/or university and have them sent directly to Oregon's education department. All first-time teachers in Oregon must include fingerprints as part of their registration. You can get these taken at any Fieldprint location throughout Oregon or the rest of the United States. When your check is complete, you will be notified directly by the department.