584-036-0080

Licensure Tests

 

Allows out-of-state applicants who have passed licensure tests to waive the test.

 

(1) Licensure tests are required to demonstrate subject-matter competency in most endorsement areas established by the commission.

 

(2) Out-of-State Applicants: Out-of-state applicants may present proof of passage of another state’s subject-matter competency test for full subject-matter endorsement on an Oregon license under the following conditions:

 

(a) The area in which the test was passed is comparable to the subject-matter endorsement area adopted by the commission and is not a basic skills test; [and]

 

(b) The test was administered by either the former or current testing companies representing Evaluation Systems  group of Pearson (ESP) or Education Testing Service (ETS)[.]; and

 

(c) (A) A passing score on an out-of-state licensure test for subject-matter endorsement on the license results in waiver of a comparable Oregon adopted beginning-teacher licensure test if the subject-matter area covered by the out-of-state test is more similar than not to the Oregon test.

 

(B) The burden is on the applicant to provide alternate proof the test was taken and the score was a passing score in another state if the applicant is unable to produce an original score report. TSPC reserves the right to reject the alternate verification if the source of the score verification is not a higher education institution or another public educator licensure agency.

 

(d) Any subject-matter test, except the basic skills tests, may be waived if the applicant demonstrates special academic preparation satisfactory to the commission together with five years of half-time or more experience teaching the specific subject matter on a license valid for the assignment in a public school or regionally accredited private school in a U.S. jurisdiction before holding any Oregon license. The five years of half-time or more experience must be acquired entirely outside of the state of Oregon and must be obtained while holding an unrestricted out-of-state license valid for the assignment. Teaching experience without a valid license does not count toward test waiver.

 

[(3) An applicant may present a score from a test that was used by the commission at one time but is no longer administered so long as the test was passed during the same period in which the commission had adopted the test. Passing scores for these tests are available upon request from the commission. ]

 

[(4)] (3) An electronic score report submitted by the testing company administering the test at the applicant's request will be treated as an "original" score report. In all other cases, only the original score report, or an authentic facsimile will be accepted as validation of passing the required test. TSPC reserves the right to require the applicant to produce authentic evidence of passage of the test the applicant wishes to submit for consideration for test waiver.

 

[(5)] (4) Other evidence documenting passage of a required test for licensure may be accepted at the executive director's discretion when exigent circumstances prohibit the educator from presenting an original score report. The Executive Director may submit the evidence and the decision to the Commission at the next meeting at the director’s discretion in cases the director believes may need Commission review.

 

[(6)] (5) Basic Skills Tests: To satisfy the basic skills testing requirements, the commission will accept passing scores on the following tests:

(a) The California Basic Educator Skills Test (CBEST) -- Evaluation Systems of Pearson (ESP)

(b) The Washington Educator Skills Test -- Basic (WEST-B) -- Evaluation Systems of Pearson (ESP);

(c) The Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Assessment (PPST) -- Education Testing Service (ETS);

(d) See 584-036-0082 for information related to coursework in lieu of Basic Skills Tests.

(e) A regionally-accredited or foreign equivalent doctorate degree waives the basic skills tests.

(f) An out-of-state applicant may waive the basic skills test with evidence of full out-of-state licensure and a master’s degree from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent.

(g) Applicants submitting proof of a non-provisional California Teaching License will be deemed to have passed the California Basic Educator Skills Test (CBEST).

[(f)] (g) The basic skills requirement may be met by a combination of any one of the testing options or coursework options offered in OAR 584-036-0082. For example: A passing test of the writing portion of the CBEST; combined with a passing score of the reading portion of the PPST; combined with the approved math coursework at an approved institution would satisfy the Basic Skills requirement for licensure.

 

[(7)] (6) Applicants may be eligible for Alternative Assessment in lieu of the subject-matter tests. Alternative Assessment is only allowed for waiver of subject-matter tests required for specific licenses or endorsements. (See, OAR 584-052-0030 to 584-052-0033 regarding Alternative Assessment [. See] and OAR 584-036-0082 regarding Basic Skills Tests.)

 

[(8)] (7) Applicants seeking endorsement in areas where the commission has not adopted an approved test must complete coursework requirements in Division 38 to add the endorsement to a Basic, Standard, Initial or Continuing Teaching License. In the alternative, applicants may submit evidence of a passing score from another state’s licensure test and evidence they held the endorsement on an out-of-state license in lieu of satisfying the Division 38 required coursework.

 

(8) For situations not covered by these rules, the Commission grants the Executive Director the discretion to determine whether test scores or licenses submitted pursuant to this section meet the Commission’s intent with regard to preventing unnecessary redundancy in completing licensure requirements.

 

Stat. Auth.: ORS 342
Stats. Implemented: ORS 342.120 - 342.430 & 342.985
Hist.:

 

 

584-038-0004

Adding Endorsements to a Basic or Standard License 

 

Clarifies that practicum to add endorsement to Basic and Standard is the same as adding endorsement to Initial or Continuing

 

(1) An endorsement will be added on a basic or standard license upon documentation of a passing score as currently specified by the commission on a designated test of subject mastery, together with completion of one of the following practical experiences: (For Basic or Standard Elementary License practicum exceptions, see subsection (4) below.)

(a) A practicum of two semester hours or three quarter hours, which except as specified below may or may not be part of a longer preparation that includes content or methods courses in the specialty, in an institution approved to prepare teachers for that endorsement; or

(b) Verification of 60 hours or more of experience teaching the new subject-area at least one hour each day or the equivalent on either an optional assignment of ten hours or less or an approved conditional assignment permit (CAP) as allowed by OAR 584-036-0181; or

 

[(b) Verification of teaching experience on either an optional assignment of ten hours or less or an approved conditional assignment permit as allowed by OAR 584-036-0081 if teaching in Oregon; or

(c) Verification of one year of half-time or more teaching experience in the endorsement; or ]

[(d)] (c) Completion of an approved program in the new specialty area.

 

(2) Alternately, the applicant may qualify for a new endorsement through completion of academic requirements, together with completion of either of the following practical experiences:

(a) Verification of five years of half-time or more experience teaching the new specialty on a license valid for the assignment. However, all ESOL, ESOL/bilingual experience must be completed outside of Oregon on a license valid for the assignment.

(b) Verification of teaching experience on either an optional assignment of ten hours or less or an approved conditional assignment permit as allowed by OAR 584-036-0081 if teaching in Oregon and if approved by the program.

 

(3) Middle-School Endorsements: Middle-School Endorsements may be added to a Basic or Standard Teaching License under the conditions specified in subsection (1) above with passage of any of the middle-school Commission approved tests in Language Arts, Social Studies or Science. The endorsement will be limited to teaching those subjects in grades 5 through 9 only. (See, OAR 584-036-0015 for rules on assignments.)

 

(4) Endorsements on Elementary Licenses: A subject-matter endorsement may be added to a Basic or Standard Elementary License in the core academic areas of Language Arts; Social Studies; and Science by passage of a Commission-approved test in the subject-matter area only. An additional practicum is not required.

 

(5) In addition to the requirements described in subsection (1)(a) above, an approved institutional program including content and methods courses is always required as preparation for added endorsement in elementary education, special education, communication disorders, hearing impairment, or visual impairment.

 

(6) Approved course preparation is required for adding endorsement in subjects for which no subject mastery test is available.

 

(7) Subjects in which the commission does not offer endorsement may be taught by anyone holding a valid basic or standard license.

 

(8) Academic requirements for basic endorsement are detailed in sections of OAR 584-038 below, and academic requirements for standard endorsement are detailed in OAR 584-040. Also, career and technical education endorsements to basic, standard, and pre-1965 licenses are discussed in OAR 584-042-0009.

 

Stat. Auth.: ORS 342
Stats. Implemented: ORS 342.120 - 342.200
Hist.:

 

 

584-038-0190

Basic Advanced Mathematics

 

Completes incomplete sentence in the rule.

 

Forty-two quarter or twenty-nine semester hours designed to develop competence in college-level mathematics, to include:

(1) Abstract algebra.

(2) Linear algebra.

(3) Geometry.

(4) Analysis.

(5) Probability and statistics.

(6) Elementary number theory.

(7) Computer science.

 

Stat. Auth.: ORS 342
Stats. Implemented: ORS 342.120 - ORS 342.200
Hist.:

 

 

584-042-0022 (adopt) New Rule

Instructor Appraisal Committees 

 

(1) An Instructor Appraisal Committee (IAC) is a group of industry and education experts appointed by a school district with an approved ODE Career and Technical Education program. The IAC is convened to evaluate either CTE licensure or CTE endorsement applicants with regard to their work experience and preparation in a CTE endorsed area. (See OAR 584-042-0044 Career and Technical Education Endorsements.)

 

(2) The appointed Instructor Appraisal committee must make specific CTE licensure and endorsement recommendations to the Oregon Department of Education and to the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission based on their evaluation of each applicant’s preparation and work experience in a CTE endorsement area.

 

(3) The Instructor Appraisal Committee is comprised of specific membership depending on whether the applicant comes from business and industry or whether the applicant already holds a TSPC License.  In all cases, the IAC must have at least five members. An individual member may represent more than one of the representative areas outlined in subsections (e) through (f) immediately below.

(a) Instructor Appraisal Committees evaluating applicants from business and industry and new to education must have at least two educator representatives on the committee subject to the requirements in subsection (e) below.

(b) Instructor Appraisal Committees evaluating applicants for a CTE endorsement onto a TSPC existing CTE, Basic, Standard, Initial or Continuing Teaching License must have at least two business and industry representatives on the committee subject to the requirements in subsection (f) below.

(c) District Administrators: All IACs must have a school district administrator or a director of CTE from the district. The administrator representative is an official member of the IAC.

(d) Ex-Officio: The district may appoint non-voting ex-officio members to the IAC.

(e) Educators: Educator representatives may be from public or private secondary and post-secondary institutions. Educators must possess current and substantial knowledge of pedagogy, instructional practices, assessment practices, classroom management, and educational policy. Secondary representatives must hold a valid TSPC license. Post-secondary representatives should be from the applicant’s endorsement program area. The educator representative(s) is an official member of the IAC.

(f) Business or industry members: Business or industry representatives may be either employers or employees of the business or industry.  At least one business or industry representatives must be currently engaged in an occupation related to the career and technical education program endorsement area.   The representative must possess current and substantial knowledge of the technical and environmental requirements, and standards of behavior required of the business or industry program. The business or industry representative is an official member of the IAC.

 

(4) Once appointed, the IAC must select a trained facilitator to operate the IAC during each candidate appraisal process. All facilitators must be approved by the ODE prior to selection. An ODE recognized Regional Coordinator of Career and Technical Education or an appropriate ODE program area specialist may serve as the facilitator. Failure to obtain ODE approval may result in an invalid recommendation and is a basis for determining that the licensure process is incomplete.

 

(5) The IAC must appoint a chair from the official membership of the committee.  The chair may not be an ex-officio member or an appointed facilitator. The chair is responsible to provide the IAC’s rationale for the recommendation and must sign any submitted recommendation for a waiver of academic or work experience to the ODE, prior to application for licensure at TSPC.

 

(6) The CTE Regional Coordinator and the appropriate ODE program specialist must officially verify the IAC member roster as well as evaluations and recommendations of the IAC prior to application for licensure at TSPC.

 

(7) The applicant’s proposed professional development plan must be consistent with the CTE I Teaching License (OAR 584-042-0031) requirements if the candidate does not hold an existing CTE, Basic, Standard, Initial or Continuing teaching license.

 

Stat. Auth.: ORS 342
Stats. Implemented: ORS 342.120, 342.147, 342.165
Hist.:

 

 

584-042-0031

Career and Technical Education I Teaching License [Filed as temporary rule, expires 8-31-10]

 

Requires civil rights/ethics testing prior to first licensure; updates re-numbered rules;

 

(1) Upon filing a correct and complete application in form and manner prescribed by the Commission, an applicant may be eligible for a Career and Technical Education Teaching I License in one or more Career and Technical Education endorsements. The license may be issued for up to three years.

 

(2) The Career and Technical Education I Teaching License is valid to teach in:

(a) An ODE-approved Career and Technical Education programs for which the educator is specifically licensed;

(b) Any CTE teaching license is valid for assignments in diversified occupations or as work experience coordinators.

 

(3) The application must be a joint application from the applicant and the school district who seeks to employ the applicant. The complete application must be directly submitted by the applicant. TSPC will not accept applications submitted by third parties.

 

(4) The application packet must include the following:

(a) A signed and dated TSPC application and the appropriate fees;

(b) Furnish fingerprints in the manner prescribed by the commission and provide satisfactory responses to the character questions contained in the commission’s licensure application;

(c) Evidence the requesting school district has an ODE-approved program in the requested Career and Technical Education endorsement area; or evidence that the district has submitted their application for approval of the CTE program to the ODE. The district must indicate the approximate date they expect to obtain ODE approval of their program;

(d) The Instructor Appraisal Committee's recommendation for licensure on an approved ODE form, including any course restrictions related to the recommended endorsement unless waived by ODE pursuant to OAR 584-042-0060 Waivers and 584-042-0070 Work Experience;

(e) A copy of the signed CTE Professional Development Plan indicating the expectations for the educator over the next three years. The application for licensure is deemed incomplete if the professional development plan does not align with OAR [584-042-0050] 584-042-0051 CTE Professional Development Plan.

(f) The name and credentials of the identified CTE mentor; [and]

(g) Transcripts of an associate’s degree or equivalent; or in the alternative, the ODE waiver, consistent with OAR 584-042-0060 Waivers, that is signed and dated within 90 days from the date of the application to TSPC;[.]

(h) Passing score on the Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment test; and

[(h)] (i) Work experience evidence documented in one of the following ways:

(A) Planned and coordinated or previous and documented work experience in accordance with OAR 584-042-0070 Work Experience verified by ODE and completed within the past five years; or

(B) A copy of the industry certification or licensure.

 

(5) CTE I Teaching Licenses will be issued for one year at a time for a maximum of three years total subject to special renewal conditions:

(a) First Renewal: The applicant must submit:

(A) A signed and dated TSPC application and renewal fees as defined by rule;

(B) A letter of support from the co-applicant district;

(C) A passing score as currently specified by the commission on a test of basic [verbal and computational] skills; and

(D) Proof of significant progress toward completion of the requirements as outlined in the CTE professional development plan as defined in OAR 584-042-0020 Definitions.

 

(b) Second Renewal: The applicant must submit:

(A) A C-1 application and renewal fees as defined by rule;

(B) A letter of support from the co-applicant district; and

[(C) Passing score on a test of knowledge of U.S. and Oregon civil rights laws and professional ethics and]

[(D)] (C) Proof of significant additional progress beyond the first renewal toward completion of the requirements as outlined in the CTE professional development plan as defined in OAR [584-042-0020 Definitions]  584-042-0051 Professional Development Plan.

 

(c) Renewal under [this subsection is] subsections 5(a) and 5(b) above are not subject to the 120-day grace period and must be submitted sufficiently in advance of the license expiration date to ensure continuity of licensure. Failure to submit a timely application is grounds for denial of a renewal pursuant to this subsection and may be grounds for discipline under OAR 584-020-0040.

(d) Failure to show significant progress is deemed to be an incomplete application for renewal.

(e) The Executive Director may grant renewal of the license upon failure to show progress if the circumstances preventing completion of progress are exceptional and extenuating. An Emergency Teaching License will be issued for the period of time it takes to cure the renewal deficit. Any time extensions under this subsection will be deducted from the next renewal cycle.

 

(6) The Career and Technical Education I Teaching License is not renewable. Holders of this license must finish their requirements for the CTE II Teaching License within three years from when the license is first issued, no exceptions. If the employment opportunity associated with first acquiring the license ceases, the license holder is encouraged to continue working toward completion of the CTE II Teaching License requirements.

 

(7) If the application and fee for the Career and Technical Education II Teaching License is received prior to the expiration of the Career and Technical Education I Teaching License, the license will remain valid for another 120 days following the expiration of the license.

(a) The applicant and co-applicant district must provide documentation that the requirements for the Career and Technical Education II Teaching License have been met prior to the expiration of the 120 days after the Career and Technical Education I Teaching License has expired to remain continuously licensed in this area.

(b) In the event the co-applicant district is unable to provide the documentation required in subsection (a) above, the ODE may certify that the applicant is qualified for the CTE II Teaching License.

(c) Applicants are encouraged to submit complete applications for the CTE II Teaching License at least 90 days prior to the expiration of the final CTE I Teaching License.

 

(8) In addition to the requirements for the CTE Professional Development Plan, the CTE licensee must meet all of the requirements for the CTE II Teaching License at the end of three years following the issuance of the CTE I.

 

Stat. Auth.: ORS 342
Stats. Implemented: ORS 342.120, 342.147 & 342.165
Hist.:

 

 

584-042-0051   

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Professional Development Plan [Rule to be adopted]

 

Clarifies that pedagogy-related coursework is needed for applicants coming from industry and work experience is needed for applicants coming from education.

 

(1) A CTE professional development plan (PDP) is required as part of the application for the Career and Technical Education I Teaching License. The CTE professional development plan must be for at least three years.

 

(2) The CTE professional development plan must be signed by both the district and the prospective educator. The employing school district will keep a copy of the CTE professional development plan.

 

(3) A signed copy of the plan must be included in the CTE I Teaching License application materials submitted to the Commission.

 

(4) The plan must include assurances that the district has assigned an appropriately licensed administrator to monitor the progress and timely completion of the signed CTE professional development plan.  The administrator must be identified in the application materials for the CTE I Teaching License.

 

(5) The plan must include assurances that the district has assigned an appropriately trained mentor consistent with 584-042-0021(6) and such mentor is identified in the application materials.

 

(6) For applicants holding a Five-Year, Basic, Standard, Initial, Initial I, Initial II, Continuing, or an equivalent out-of-state non-provisional teaching license prior to applying for the Career and Technical Education I Teaching License; the scope of the PDP must include:

(a) Activities identified by the Instructional Appraisal Committee (IAC) that address relevant CTE professional development needs, including verifiable work experience, and coursework that specifically relates to career and technical education;

(b) Verifiable work experience that has been performed in the last five (5) years and includes either:

(A) At least 1800 hours of previous and documented related work as defined in OAR 584-042-0070(2) CTE Work Experience; or

(B) At least 600 hours of planned and coordinated related work experience as defined in OAR 584-042-0070(1) CTE Work Experience; or

(C) The equivalent combination of planned and coordinated and previous and documented related work at a technical skill level within the last five years; or

(D) Related industry certification or licensure.

 

(7) For applicants who have not previously completed a teacher preparation program, the CTE professional development plan must outline how the applicant will acquire a minimum of fifteen (15) quarter hours or ten (10) semester hours, as specified below, of teacher preparation required for eligibility for a Career and Technical Education II Teaching License. The Instructor Appraisal Committee may increase the requirements if they deem the additional education is necessary. Applicants under this subsection must meet all of the following requirements in subsections (a) through (d).

(a) Obtain six (6) quarter hours or four (4) semester hours of education-specific coursework which must be selected from the following areas:

(A) Introduction to Career and Technical Education in Oregon;

(B) Introduction to the Education Profession;

(C) Oregon School Law including a focus on special needs students;

(D) Classroom Management;

(E) Multi-cultural Education;

(F) Second Language Acquisition;

(G) Human Development for adolescent and older children;

(H) Education Psychology and Learning Development; and

(b) Obtain at least three (3) quarter hours or two (2) semester hours in Curriculum Design, Instructional Strategies and Assessment; and

(c) Obtain at least (3) quarter hours or two (2) semester hours in instructional methodology in how to teach mathematics to secondary learners, which may include coursework focused on how to teach mathematics in the CTE context; and

(d) Obtain at least three (3) quarter hours or two (2) semester hours in instructional methodology in how to teach reading, or writing and literacy to secondary learners.

 

(8) All applicants regardless if they are coming from education or industry must show evidence they have at one time obtained or will obtain all of the following specific college-level coursework:

(a) Three (3) quarter hours or two (2) semester hours of math at or above a level required by the industry related to the applicant’s endorsement and identified by the IAC;

(b) Three (3) quarter hours or two (2) semester hours of college level language arts or speech at the one-hundred level or higher as identified by the IAC.

(c) The IAC may increase these minimum requirements if they deem additional education is needed.

 

(9) Coursework as required by the Instructor Appraisal Committee must be attained through a TSPC-approved teacher education program or an accredited community college and verified by transcripts submitted to TSPC at the time of application for a Career and Technical Education II License. If in doubt whether the coursework will apply, check with TSPC prior to enrolling in coursework to fulfill these requirements.

 

(10) Professional Development Plans may be modified after initial development and submission to TSPC with written approval by ODE.  Modified plans must be submitted to TSPC with ODE’s approval prior to the expiration of the CTE I Teaching License.

 

Stat. Auth.: ORS 342
Stats. Implemented: ORS 342.120, 342.147, 342.165
Hist.:

 

 

584-060-0012

Initial I Teaching License Requirements

 

Clarifies out-of-state preparation. Clarifies that folks have 10 years to complete a master’s not 13, not 14, etc….

 

(1) Upon filing a correct and complete application in form and manner prescribed by the commission, a qualified applicant may be granted an Initial I Teaching License for three years. The first license will be issued for three years plus time to the applicant's birthday.

 

(2) The Initial I Teaching License is valid for regular teaching at one or more designated authorization levels in one or more designated specialties and for substitute teaching at any level in any specialty. (See 584-060-0051 and 584-060-0052 for Authorization Levels.)

 

(3) To be eligible for an Initial I Teaching License, an applicant must:

(a) Possess the personal qualifications for licensure including attainment of at least eighteen years of age and possessing good moral character and mental and physical health necessary for employment as an educator; and

(b) Hold a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution in the United States, or the foreign equivalent of such degree approved by the commission. A master's degree or a doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States validates a non-regionally accredited bachelor's degree for licensure; and

(c) Complete an initial teacher education program:

(A) [a]Approved by the commission in Oregon[,]; or

(B) [complete a state-approved teacher preparation program in any U.S. jurisdiction,] Approved by a jurisdiction that is part of the NASDTEC interstate agreement and results in full eligibility for initial teacher licensure in that jurisdiction; or

(C) [complete a foreign program evaluated as satisfactory by an Oregon institution approved to offer the corresponding program]; Approved by the Commission as equivalent to subsection (A) or (B) immediately above. The Commission may refer applicants subject to this subsection to an Oregon institution of higher education approved for Oregon teacher licensure to determine whether the candidate’s preparation is equivalent to preparation in Oregon; and

(d) Receive a passing score as currently specified by the commission on each of one or more tests of subject mastery for license endorsement or grade level authorization subject to the following: [; and] (See, OAR 584-036-0080 Licensure Tests.)

(A) Any subject-matter test, except the basic skills tests, may be waived if the applicant demonstrates special academic preparation satisfactory to the commission together with five years of half-time or more experience teaching the specific subject matter on a license valid for the assignment in a public school or regionally accredited private school in a U.S. jurisdiction before holding any Oregon license. The five years of half-time or more experience must be acquired entirely outside of the state of Oregon and must be obtained while holding an unrestricted out-of-state license valid for the assignment.

(B) Some applicants may be eligible for alternative assessment for waiver of the subject-matter tests only. (See OAR 584-052-0030 to 0033 regarding Alternative Assessment guidelines and regulations.)

(e) Receive a passing score as currently specified by the commission on a test of basic verbal and computational skills; (See OAR 584-060-0002(7) for definition of Basic Skills Tests, and OAR 584-036-0082 Courses in Lieu of or in Preparation for Basic Skills Tests.)

(f) Obtain a passing score on [a] the commission approved test of knowledge of U.S. and Oregon civil rights laws and professional ethics; and

(g) Furnish fingerprints in the manner prescribed by the commission and provide satisfactory responses to the character questions contained in the commission’s licensure application.

 

(4) In satisfaction of the program completion requirement, [A] applicants who have completed programs from states other than Oregon will be required to submit:

[(a) A C-2 form from the institution granting program completion;]

[(b)] (a) Transcripts, verifying completion of the teacher education program; and

[(c)] (b) A license from another state valid for unrestricted full time teaching.

(A) A teaching license issued by the U.S. Department of Defense will be considered as a license from another state.

(B) A teaching license from a participating NASDTEC jurisdiction will be considered a license from another state.

(c) In lieu of subsection (a) above, an applicant may submit evidence that license was obtained through a state-approved alternative route program if the application holds a non-provisional teaching license from that state.

 

[(B) Completion of alternative route teaching programs resulting in licensure through school districts or other avenues are subject to Executive Director approval]

 

(5) The Initial I Teaching License may be renewed two times for three years upon showing progress toward completion of the Initial II eligibility requirements as described in OAR 584-060-0013 during the life of the Initial I Teaching License under the following conditions:

(a) The progress must meet or exceed the equivalent of 3 semester hours or 4.5 quarter hours of graduate coursework germane to the license or directly germane to public school employment.

(b) The educator must qualify for an Initial II Teaching License upon expiration of ten years following the date the first[ Initial or Initial I] Oregon Teaching License is issued. A one-year unconditional extension may be obtained if the educator was issued an Initial Teaching License prior to October 13, 2003 and is unable to meet all requirements within the nine year period. (See, OAR 584-060-0013 Initial II Teaching License.)

(c) In circumstances not covered by subsection (b) above, the Executive Director may grant an extension to the Initial I Teaching License for a term determined by the director, if and only if extraordinary circumstances can be demonstrated that the teacher was unable to complete the requirements for the Initial II Teaching License during the life of the Initial I Teaching License.

 

Stat. Auth.: ORS 342
Stats. Implemented: ORS 342.120 - 342.165 & 342.136
Hist.:

 

 

584-060-0013

Initial II Teaching License Requirements

 

Clarifies when coursework must be completed.  Clarifies that people don’t have nearly two decades to meet the requirements. Clarifies that additional work in post-baccalaureate and master’s degree teacher preparation program must be BEGUN and completed following issuance of the first non-provisional teaching license,

 

(1) Upon filing a correct and complete application in form and manner prescribed by the commission, in lieu of qualifying for a Continuing Teaching License, a qualified applicant [shall] may be granted an Initial II Teaching License for three years.

 

(2) To be eligible for an Initial II Teaching License, applicants must meet all of the requirements for an Initial I Teaching License in addition to the coursework requirements outlined below.

 

[(2)] (3) To be eligible for an Initial II Teaching License, and if the first unrestricted teaching license issued by any state was granted on the basis of a completed teacher preparation program culminating in a bachelor's degree, the applicant must:

(a) Complete a master's degree or higher in the arts and sciences or an advanced degree in the professions from a regionally accredited institution in the United States, or the foreign equivalent of such degree approved by the commission, together with an equally accredited bachelor's degree; or

(b) In lieu of a master's degree, a candidate [must] may complete graduate level coursework germane to the license or directly germane to public school employment as follows:

(A) At least ten semester hours or fifteen quarter hours in graduate-level subject-matter coursework; and

(B) At least ten semester hours or fifteen quarter hours in graduate-level education-related coursework; and

(C) At least ten semester hours or fifteen quarter hours in graduate-level electives.

 

[(3)] (4) To be eligible for an Initial II Teaching License, and if the first unrestricted teaching license issued by any state was granted on the basis of a post-baccalaureate completed teacher preparation program whether the program culminates in a master's degree, the applicant must: [complete one of the following (a)–(c)]:

(a) Begin and complete six [Six] (6) semester hours or nine quarter (9) hours of graduate level academic credit germane to public school employment from a regionally accredited college or university following the first issuance of any state’s non-provisional teaching license. [, or the graduate level credit must:

(A) Be completed after the first unrestricted teaching license issued by any state has first been issued; and

(B) Be germane to the teaching license or directly germane to public school employment; and

(C) May include pedagogy, or content related to an existing endorsement or authorization, or content related to a new endorsement or authorization. (Completion of this required coursework does not guarantee completion of commission approved endorsement requirements offered by any Oregon college or university.)]

[(b) A commission-approved school district program determined to be equivalent to (a) above; or

(c) Any commission-approved professional assessment.]

 

[(d)] (b) In all cases, the combination of a post-baccalaureate program and the additional hours required by this subsection must be equivalent to a master's degree or 45 quarter hours or 30 semester hours of graduate-level credit.

(c) The Executive Director may waive coursework requirements under this section if the applicant’s post-secondary education exceeds the requirements of this section and the director determines the commission’s intent with regard to post-graduate preparation has been met.

 

[(4)] (5) The Initial II Teaching License may be renewed repeatedly for three years upon: [completion of:]

(a) [All the requirements in either subsections (2) or (3) above]; Evidence of appropriate assignment in accordance with the license if employed in a public school at any time during the life of the license; and

(b) [A] Completion of professional development [plan] requirements in accordance with OAR 584-090.

 

[(5)] (6) A teacher may choose to become eligible for the Continuing Teaching License in lieu of obtaining the Initial II Teaching License. (See OAR 584-060-0022.)

 

[(6)] (7) Teachers issued Initial Teaching Licenses prior to July 1, 2005 must meet the requirements of this rule prior to the expiration of ten (10) years from the date the first Restricted Transitional, Transitional, Initial or Initial I Teaching License was issued. The additional year granted to licensees holding an Initial Teaching License prior to October 13, 2003, will be included in the ten year calculation for meeting the requirements of this rule.

 

[(7)] (8) This rule applies to all Restricted Transitional, Transitional, Initial or Initial I Teaching Licenses issued after December 1998.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 342
Stats. Implemented: ORS 342.120 - 342.165 & 342.136
Hist.:

 

 

584-060-0014

Initial Teaching License for Out-of-State Candidate First Application

 

Housekeeping changes.

 

(1) Upon filing a correct and complete application in form and manner prescribed by the commission, a qualified applicant who is applying for licensure in Oregon for the first time and has completed an out-of-state approved teacher-education program resulting in a non-provisional teaching license may be granted an Initial Teaching License for eighteen (18) months.

 

(2) The Initial Teaching License is valid for regular teaching at [one or more designated] the grade authorization levels indicated on the out-of-state non-provisional teaching license and in one or more designated subject-matter endorsement areas indicated on the out-of-state non-provisional teaching license. [specialties and] for substitute teaching at any level in any specialty. (See 584-060-0051 for Teaching Authorization Levels.)

 

(3) To be eligible for an Initial Teaching License, an out-of-state applicant must:

(a) Possess the personal qualifications for licensure including attainment of at least eighteen years of age and possessing good moral character and mental and physical health necessary for employment as an educator; and

(b) Hold a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution in the United States, or the foreign equivalent of such degree approved by the commission. A master's degree or a doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States validates a non-regionally accredited bachelor's degree for licensure; and

(c) Complete an initial teacher education program [in] approved by any U.S. jurisdiction, or complete a foreign program evaluated as satisfactory by the Commission. [Oregon institution approved to offer the corresponding program] as evidenced by a license valid for unrestricted full-time teaching from another state or NASDTEC jurisdiction, including but not limited to the U.S. Department of Defense; [, valid for unrestricted full-time teaching;] and

(d) Furnish fingerprints in the manner prescribed by the commission and provide satisfactory responses to the character questions contained in the commission’s licensure application. (See also, OAR 584-036-0062 for Criminal Records Check Requirement.)

 

(4) Upon expiration of the Initial Teaching License the applicant must qualify for a non-provisional Oregon Teaching License and must apply for any of the following:

(a) An Initial I Teaching License: Qualified applicants will be issued an Initial I Teaching License for 18 months plus time to the applicant's next birthday. The fee for the Initial I granted pursuant to this rule is $50.

(b) An Initial II Teaching License: Qualified applicants will be issued an Initial II Teaching License for three years plus time to the applicant’s next birthday. The fee for the Initial II Teaching License is $100.

(c) A Continuing Teaching License: Qualified applicants will be issued a Continuing Teaching License for five years plus time to the applicant’s next birthday. The fee for the Continuing Teaching License is $100.

 

(5) To be eligible for an Initial I Teaching License, an applicant must meet all the requirements of OAR 584-060-0012.[:]

 

(6) To be eligible for an Initial II Teaching License, an applicant must meet all the requirements of OAR 584-060-0013.

 

(7) To be eligible for a Continuing Teaching License, an applicant must meet all the requirements of OAR 584-060-0022.

[(a) Receive a passing score as currently specified by the commission on a test of basic verbal and computational skills; and (See, 584-060-0002(7) for definition of Basic Skills Tests;)

(b) Receive a passing score as currently specified by the commission on each of one or more tests of subject-matter mastery for licensure endorsement or authorization;

(A) Any subject-matter test, except the basic skills tests, may be waived if the applicant demonstrates special academic preparation satisfactory to the commission together with five years of experience teaching the specific subject matter on a license valid for the assignment in a public school or regionally accredited private school in a U.S. jurisdiction before holding any Oregon license. The five years of experience must be acquired entirely outside of the state of Oregon and must be obtained while holding an out-of-state license valid for the assignment; or

(B) Some applicants may be eligible for alternative assessment for waiver of the subject-matter tests only. (See OAR 584-052-0030 to 584-052-0033 regarding Alternative Assessment guidelines and regulations.)

(c) Receive a passing score on a test of knowledge of U.S. and Oregon civil rights laws.

(d) See, OAR 584-060-0012(5) for Initial I Teaching License renewal requirements.]

[(6) To be eligible for an Initial II Teaching License, an applicant must:

(a) Meet all the requirements for the Initial I Teaching License; and

(b) Meet the requirements for the Initial II Teaching License. (See, OAR 584-060-0013)]

(c) See OAR 584-060-0013(4) for Initial II Teaching License renewal requirements]

[(7) To be eligible for a Continuing Teaching License, an applicant must:

(a) Meet all the requirements for the Initial I and the Initial II Teaching License; and

(b) Meet the requirements for a Continuing Teaching License. (See,  OAR 584-060-0022)]

 

Stat. Auth.: ORS 342
Stats. Implemented: ORS 342.120 - 342.165, 342.136, 342.223 - 342.232
Hist.:

 

 

584-060-0051

[Teaching] Grade Authorization Levels on Teaching Licenses

 

Cleans up entire rule. Clarifies grades and schools for each level. Clarifies specialty authorization levels.

 

(1) Teachers must qualify for one or more grade authorization[s] levels at the early childhood, elementary, middle or high school developmental levels.

 

(2) Teaching authorization levels will apply to all teaching licenses [within division] issued pursuant to Division 60.

 

(3) Early Childhood Education (ECE) Authorization: The [early childhood education (ECE)] ECE authorization level requires completion of [an] a Commission-approved program including [passing the commission-approved multiple subjects examination (MSE) together with] completion of a program-supervised practicum experience with students in grades prekindergarten (pre k) through grade four (4).

 

(a) The ECE authorization level is valid for teaching in the subject matter endorsement areas on the teaching license [any multiple subjects teaching assignment, except assignments in subsection (b) below,] in prekindergarten (pre k) through grade four (4). [See, “Licensure” on TSPC Web for scope of each endorsement.]

 

(b) A license with an [The] ECE authorization level and with a multiple subjects self-contained endorsement is not valid for full-time assignment[s] in subjects requiring a [specialization] specialty endorsement such as art, music, ESOL, ESOL/bilingual, physical education, adaptive physical education, library media, reading or any special education endorsement area [under OAR 584-060-0071] without the accompanying specialty endorsement on the license.

 

(4) Elementary (ELE) Authorization: The (elementary) ELE authorization level requires completion of [an] Commission-approved program including [passing the commission-approved multiple subjects examination (MSE) together with] completion of a program-supervised practicum experience with students in one or more grades between grades three (3) through eight (8). [(See, OAR 584-017-0120 for ELEM authorization competencies and OAR 584-017-0175 for adding an authorization level to a license.)]

 

(a) The ELE authorization level is valid for teaching in the subject matter endorsement areas on the teaching license [any multiple subjects teaching assignment, except assignments in subsection (b) below,] in grades three (3) through eight (8). [See, “Licensure” on TSPC Web for scope of each endorsement.]

 

(b) A license with an [The] ELE authorization level and with a multiple subjects self-contained endorsement is not valid for full-time assignment[s] in subjects requiring a [specialization] specialty endorsement such as art, music, ESOL, ESOL/bilingual, physical education, adaptive physical education, library media, reading or any special education endorsement area [under OAR 584-060-0071] without the accompanying specialty endorsement on the license.

 

(5) [The] Middle-Level (ML) Authorization: The [middle-level (ML)] ML authorization level requires completion of [an] a Commission-approved program including [passing the commission-approved multiple subjects examination (MSE) together with] completion of a program-supervised practicum experience with students in one or more grades between grades five (5) through nine (9). The placement may only be in the [nine] ninth (9) grade if it is located in a middle school or junior high school, or 7-12 high school. [Additionally, the ML authorization requires in-depth knowledge of one subject-matter or specialty endorsement appropriate to middle-level teaching assignments.]

 

(a) The ML authorization is valid for teaching in the subject matter endorsement areas on the teaching license [any multiple subjects teaching assignment, except assignments in subsection (b) below,] in grades five (5) through nine (9) of a school designated as an elementary, middle, [or] junior high school or 7-12 high school.

 

(b) A license with an [The] ML authorization level and with a multiple subjects endorsement is not valid for full-time assignment[s] in subjects requiring a [specialization] specialty endorsement such as art, music, ESOL, ESOL/bilingual, physical education, adaptive physical education, library media, reading or any special education endorsement area [under OAR 584-060-0071] without the accompanying specialty endorsement on the license.

 

 

584-060-0062

[Adding] Endorsements to Initial I, Initial II or Continuing Teaching Licenses

 

Clarifies licensure endorsements. Accounts for new provisions on accepting out-of-state tests. Defines “endorsement.”

 

(1) An endorsement is the subject matter or specialty education field in which the educator is licensed to teach. Educators may only teach the subjects in which they hold endorsements for on their licenses in the grade levels authorized on the license (authorization levels).

 

(2) A multiple subjects self-contained or multiple subjects endorsement does not allow the teacher to accept assignments to teach: Adaptive Physical Education, Art, Communications Disorders, Early Intervention/Special Education, ESOL, ESOL/Bilingual, Hearing Impaired, Library Media, Music, Physical Education, Reading Specialist, Special Education, or Vision Impaired.

 

[(1) ] (3) Subject-Matter Competency: A new endorsement [will] may be added to a new or existing Initial I, Initial II or Continuing Teaching License upon documentation of one of the following: (For Middle-Level Endorsement exceptions see subsection (3) below.)

(a) For endorsements where subject-matter mastery tests are required by the commission:

(A) Documentation of a passing score on all Commission-approved tests required for the endorsement; or

(B) Documentation of successful completion of the commission-approved alternative assessment in lieu of the passing score on the subject-matter mastery test. [See, OARs 584-052-0030 to 584-052-0033.]

(b) For the endorsements where the commission has not approved subject-matter mastery tests including but not limited to: Drama, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Adaptive Physical Education:

(A) Completion of a program or demonstrated completion of required coursework; or

(B) A nonprovisional out-of-state license showing endorsement in the subject-area and evidence of having either completed a program or passed a state-approved licensure test in the endorsement area.

(c) [Special Exception for] Out-of-State Applicants: For out-of-state applicants upon first licensure in Oregon, see OAR 584-036-0080 Licensure Tests. [: Proof of licensure and five years experience teaching the endorsed subject on an out-of-state non provisional license may allow for waiver of subject-matter tests in the endorsement area through a transcript review of completed coursework as it compares to endorsement requirements in subject-matter areas in Division 38].

 

[(2)] (4) Practicum Requirements: In addition to the requirements in subsections [(1)] (3)(a) and (b) above, one of the following practical experiences must be completed:

(a) A program-supervised practicum of 2 semester hours or 3 quarter hours, which except as specified below may or may not be part of a longer preparation that includes content or methods courses in the subject area, in an institution approved to prepare teachers for that endorsement; or

(b) Verification of 60 hours or more of experience teaching the new subject-area at least one hour each day or the equivalent on either an optional assignment of ten hours or less or an approved conditional assignment permit (CAP) as allowed by OAR 584-036-0181[.]; or

(c) Completion of a Commission-approved program in the new specialty area.

 

[(3)] (5) Adding Endorsements to the Middle-Level (ML) Authorization Level:

(a) Teachers holding an Initial, Initial I, Initial II, or Continuing Teaching License with a [middle-level authorization] multiple subjects self-contained or a multiple subjects endorsement with either elementary or middle-level authorizations are not required to complete an additional subject-related practicum to add the endorsements specified in this subsection.  [so long as they also hold a multiple-subjects endorsement at the middle-level (ML).]

(b) To add the endorsements listed below, teachers qualifying under this section must pass [To add a middle-level endorsement to a middle-level authorized license, only] the Commission-approved [subject-matter ] high school or [middle-level] middle school test or tests [are required] in [any of the following areas]  the appropriate subject-matter area:

(A) Language Arts or middle-school Language Arts;

(B) Social Studies or middle-school Social Studies;

(C) [Science] Biology, Chemistry, Integrated Science, Physics or middle school science; or [and]

(D) Advanced or Basic Math.

(c) A multiple subjects endorsement is also required [to add ] when adding all general education endorsements at the middle-level authorization except the following specialty endorsements:

(A) Adaptive Physical Education

(B) Art;

(C) ESOL;

(D) ESOL/Bilingual;

(E) Library Media Specialist;

(F) Music;

(G) Physical Education;

(H) Reading; and

(I) Special Education;

(J) Vision Impaired;

(K) Hearing Impaired;

(L) Communications Disorders;

(M) Early Intervention/Special Education.

 

[(4)] (6) Grade Authorization Level: Some endorsement areas may require the completion of a new Commission-approved authorization level program prior to being added to the license. The applicant should obtain a check sheet of requirements from TSPC prior to pursing adding a new endorsement to an existing license.(See, OAR 584-060-0052.)

 

[(5)] (7) When Programs are Required: An approved program including content courses, methods courses, and practica is always required as preparation for added endorsement in the following areas:

(A) All Special Education endorsements, including:

(i) Early Intervention/Special Education;

(ii) Hearing Impairment;

(iii)Vision Impairment;

(iv) Special Education; and

(v) Communication [d]Disorders;

(B) English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL);

(C) Reading; or

(D) Subjects for which no subject mastery test has been required by the commission for endorsement including but not limited to:

(i) Drama;

(ii) Japanese;

(iii) Latin;

(iv) Russian; and

(v) Adaptive Physical Education.

(b) Program evaluations for waiver of the subject matter test for out-of-state applicants requesting these endorsements must align with the requirements in Division 38.(See, OAR 584-036-0080 Licensure Tests.]

(c) Adding a Multiple Subjects or other General Education Endorsement to a License with Only a Specialty Endorsement: To add any general education endorsement to a license that [hold] holds a “specialty endorsement” only requires the following:

(A) Evidence of completion of a general education program at the grade levels at which the general education endorsement is sought; or

(B) A recommendation by C-2 form by an Oregon program approved to offer the endorsement.

 

[(6)] (8) Specialty Endorsements: (a) Adding specialty endorsements such as art, music, ESOL, ESOL/bilingual, reading, physical education, and library media specialists may involve additional coursework. (See, OAR 584-060-0071.)

 

Stat. Auth.: ORS 342
Stats. Implemented: ORS 342.120 - 342.143, 342.153, 342.165, 342.223 - 342.232
Hist.:

 

 

584-060-0210

Emergency Teaching License

 

Clarifies, “extenuating circumstances,” that resume required and transcripts may be requested, minimum length of time and extensions.

 

(1) Upon filing a correct and complete application in form and manner prescribed by the commission, a qualified applicant and a co-applicant district may be granted an Emergency Teaching License.

(a) An Emergency Teaching License may be issued when a school district demonstrates extenuating circumstances that merit the issuance of the license in order to protect the district's programs or students.

(b) Failure by a teacher to complete licensure renewal requirements, in most cases, does not qualify as extenuating circumstances.

 

(2) The Emergency Teaching License shall be issued solely at the discretion of the Executive Director for any length of time deemed necessary to protect the district's programs or students.

(a) In most cases, an Emergency Teaching License will not exceed one year total unless the educator or the district has presented unusual extenuating circumstances.

(b) The Executive Director may consider efforts the educator has made in meeting licensure requirements.

(c) [Additionally, the] The Executive Director will consider academic preparation or experience the proposed educator has had in the area in which the district is requesting the license.

(d) The license will be issued for the minimum length of time it appears necessary to either eliminate the “emergency” or for the educator to qualify for a non-emergency teaching license.

 

(3) To be eligible for the Emergency Teaching License an applicant and co-applicant district must provide the following:

(a) C-1 application and fee;

(b) Furnish fingerprints in the manner prescribed by the commission if the applicant has not been fingerprinted or has not held an active license issued by the commission in the [past] three years prior to application for licensure;

(c) Submit a C-3 form from the district and a letter detailing the extenuating circumstances constituting the emergency and the applicant’s unique skills qualifying [her or him] the applicant for the license; [. An applicant may be asked to provide a resume, transcripts or other evidence of qualifications if requested by the Executive Director; and]

(d) A request for the least amount of time necessary to meet the Emergency needs of the district; and [.]

(e) A complete resume including work history. The Executive Director may request official transcripts if the resume is insufficient to make a decision with regard to whether to issue the license or the length of time of an Emergency License.

 

(4) To be eligible for an extension to an Emergency Teaching License, the applicant and co-applicant district must show the progress the educator has made toward meeting requirements for a non-emergency teaching license.

 

[(4)] (5) The Emergency Teaching License is not subject to the 120 day grace period allowed for licensure renewal purposes under ORS 342.127.

 

Stat. Auth.: ORS 342
Stats. Implemented:ORS 342.120 - 342.430 & 342.985
Hist.: