584-036-0015

Basic and Standard Teaching Licenses with Authorizations and Endorsements

 

(1) A Basic Teaching License is issued to an applicant who meets the requirements set forth in OAR 584-038-0005.

(a) It is valid for three years and may be renewed under conditions set forth in division 048.

(b) The endorsements are valid only for departmental assignments in elementary, middle, or junior high schools through grade nine if requirements leading to standard licensure are not met. To retain authorization for teaching in a high school, holders of subject matter endorsements must meet renewal requirements leading to standard licensure (See, division 40 for further information).

 

(2) A Standard Teaching License is issued to an applicant who meets the requirements set forth in OAR 584-040-0005. The Standard Teaching License is valid for five years and may be renewed. A Standard Teaching License is valid for the same assignments as a Basic Teaching License with similar authorizations and endorsements. In addition, the Standard Teaching License authorizes assignments in grades five through twelve or in preprimary through grade twelve for which a renewed Basic Teaching License may not provide authorization. These authorizations and endorsements are explained in the following sections.

 

(3) Grade level authorizations are stated on a Basic or Standard Teaching License as follows:

(a) Preprimary through nine;

(b) Preprimary through twelve;

(c) Grades five through nine in an elementary, middle, or junior high school; or

(d) Grades five through twelve.

 

(4) Assignments: Assignments which are permitted on Basic and Standard Teaching Licenses are stated as endorsements as follows:

 

(a) Elementary: An elementary subject matter endorsement issued before January 14, 1987 is valid for the self-contained classroom and for departmental assignments in preprimary through grade nine of an elementary, middle, or junior high school except assignments of .51 percent or more in:

(A) Art;

(B) Educational media;

(C) Foreign language;

(D) Health;

(E) Home economics;

(F) Technology education;

(G) Music;

(H) Physical education; and

(I) Reading;

(J) ESOL

 

[(a)] (b) Elementary: An elementary subject matter endorsement issued after January 14, 1987 is valid for the self-contained classroom and for departmental assignments in preprimary through grade nine of an elementary, middle, or junior high school except assignments of .51 percent or more in:

(A) Art;

(B) Educational media;

(C) Foreign language;

(D) Health;

(E) Home economics;

(F) Technology education;

(G) Mathematics;

(H) Music;

(I) Physical education; and

(J) Reading;

(K) ESOL

 

[(b) An elementary endorsement issued on or before January 14, 1987, is valid for departmental assignments in mathematics in preprimary through grade nine of an elementary, middle, or junior high school regardless of the percentage of the mathematics assignment.]

(c) The elementary endorsement is also valid for assignments in the high school in which the holder is teaching elementary basic skills as it relates to more than one of the following high school subject areas:

(A) Language arts;

(B) Social studies;

(C) Mathematics; or

(D) Reading.

[(d) An elementary endorsement issued after January 15, 2001 is limited in assignments of .51 FTE or more in English for Speakers of Other Languages.]

 

[(e)](d) Middle School endorsements: Middle school endorsements in language arts, social studies or science may be added to a Basic or Standard teaching license. These endorsements are valid to teach the subject in grades 5 through 9 in an elementary, middle or junior high school only.

 

[(f)] (e) Subject matter endorsements valid in preprimary through 12: The following subject matter endorsements are valid for teaching in the subject area in grades preprimary through grade twelve:

(A) Art;

(B) ESOL;

(C) Foreign language;

(D) Health;

(E) Home economics;

(F) Technology education;

(G) Library or educational media;

(H) Mathematics;

(I) Music;

(J) Physical education; or

(K) Reading.

 

(5) Special Education Assignments: The appropriate special education endorsement is required for a special education assignment in a state-reimbursed or state-approved program. Special education endorsements are valid in preprimary through grade twelve, but are limited to teaching in the special education endorsement area only.

(a) The Handicapped Learner I and II endorsements are valid for teaching handicapped learners and severely handicapped learners (including multi-handicapped), except hearing impaired, speech impaired, and visually impaired, which require the specific endorsement.

(b) The Severely Handicapped Learner endorsement is valid for teaching those defined in OAR 584-036-0005.

 

(6) Basic special education license must qualify for standard: Upon expiration of the second Basic Teaching License, the holder of a special education endorsement must qualify for a Standard Teaching License with a standard special education endorsement. The severely handicapped learner endorsement is an exception to this rule; it may be renewed without completion of a Standard Teaching License. (See OAR 584-048-0030 regarding renewal of the severely handicapped learner endorsement.)

 

(7) Professional technical endorsements: A professional technical endorsement is valid for teaching in professional technical programs approved by the Oregon Department of Education and as noted on the license. Any professional technical endorsement is valid for assignments in diversified occupations or as work experience coordinators.

 

(8) Assignments in areas where the Commission does not issue an endorsement: Any Oregon teaching license is valid for assignment in areas in which the Commission has no endorsements, including but not limited to:

(a) Computer education;

(b) Personal finance; or

(c) Outdoor education.

 

(9) Coaching assignments: Any Oregon teaching license is also valid for assignment as an athletic coach.

 

(10) Assignments in "subjects" contained within an endorsement: Assignments in subjects which are a component of a broader endorsement (such as history, which is subsumed in the social studies endorsement) necessitate the broader endorsement.

 

(a) Resource room, special teacher assignments: Teachers whose titles are broad (such as resource center, enrichment, learning center, or special teacher, etc.) shall hold the subject matter and grade level endorsements that are most compatible with the curriculum being taught.

(b) Teachers On Special Assignments (TOSA): Any Oregon teaching license is valid for an assignment involving leadership responsibilities, such as planning and development of curriculum, organization and maintenance of professional growth programs for licensed personnel, or improvement of instructional practices, if evaluation of licensed personnel is not required by the position.

(c) Counseling assignments: Any Oregon basic or standard teaching license is valid for .49 or less time as a counselor at the grade levels valid for the teaching license.

(d) Drivers education assignments: A teacher holding a Basic, Standard, or Five-Year Regular Teaching License and the appropriate Oregon motor vehicle operator's license may serve as a driver education instructor for the classroom portion of the course. An instructor who provides the behind-the-wheel portion of the course shall meet requirements established by the Oregon Department of Transportation.

(e) Alternative Education: Any Oregon teaching license is valid to teach any subject or grade level in a public alternative education program. A teaching license is not required to teach in a private alternative education program.

 

Stat. Auth.: ORS 342
Stats. Implemented: ORS 342.120-200, 342.400 & 342.985
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