Teacher Standards and Practices Commission

 

 

465 Commercial St NE                                       Voice (503) 378-3586

Salem, OR   97301                                            Contact.tspc@state.or.us

                                                                        www.tspc.state.or.us

 

 

 

Application Instructions for an OregonInitial I Teaching License

 

This application is for new applicants only. If you are renewing or reinstating any Oregon license, please contact TSPC for different instructions.  If you cannot satisfy all requirements for the Initial I Teaching License and you completed a teacher preparation program from out-of-state, refer to the instructions for the Initial Teaching License. Eligible applicants must provide all of the following information:

 

I. Education Requirements

 

A.                  Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution* or approved foreign equivalent;

AND

B.                  Completion of an approved teacher education program.

 

If the program was completed outside of the United States, a teaching license from another U.S.state satisfies this requirement.  Contact us for advice if your teacher preparation program or your license is from outside the U.S.

 

AND

II.   Furnish Fingerprint Card for Criminal History Verification

            

This information must be provided if TSPC has not received fingerprint cards from you within the past three years. See enclosed instructions;

 

 

III. Basic Skills Requirement

 

Submit your original score report for basic skills knowledge. Submit CBEST; Praxis/PPST; or WEST-B. You may have your scores reported to TSPC electronically. Official transcripts of a regionally accredited doctorate degree waive the basic skills requirement.

 

IV. Subject Mastery Requirement

 

Submit one of the following:

 

A. A score report documenting an Oregonpassing score on the subject-matter licensure test for each endorsement requested on your teaching license.  Refer to the TSPC web site at www.tspc.state.or.us for testing information.  The ETS/NES Testing Information for current approved tests and scores can be found under “Publications” on the TSPC home web page; OR

 

B. Verification of five years of out-of-state public school teaching or regionally accredited* private school teaching in the U.S on a nonprovisional license valid for the assignment or assignments in the areas in which you are seeking endorsement. Submit a photocopy of the front and back of the license valid for the assignment in the endorsement area(s). TSPC will evaluate your transcripts of academic preparation in the endorsement areas in which you seek licensure.  You may be eligible for waiver of the subject matter tests if you meet Oregon’s minimum academic preparation in these areas. TSPC only accepts experience obtained outside of Oregonfor this unique evaluation.

 

 

 

 

V. Recent Educational Experience Requirement

 

Submit one of the following:

 

A. Submit Program Completion Report (Form C2) showing that you have completed a teacher education program within the last three years; OR

 

B. Submit verification of one year full time or two years of half time licensed educator experience in public schools or regionally accredited private schools in the U.S. competed within the last three years; OR

 

C. Submit official transcripts in a university-sealed envelope verifying 9 quarter or 6 semester hours of preparation completed within the last three years. Coursework must be germane to education and completed in a regionally accredited college or university.*  

 

VI. Civil Rights Knowledge Requirement

 

Evidence of knowledge of state and federal civil rights laws. You may locate the workshop schedule information under “Publications” on the TSPC website entitled: Schedule of Workshops in Civil Rights Knowledge.

 

VII. Documents Needed For Application

 

To facilitate the processing of your application you are encouraged to submit all documents needed for evaluation of your application in a single envelope.   You will need the following:

 

A. Completed form C-1 application as follows:

ü       Provide all information requested on Form C-1.  Check that you are applying for an Initial I Teaching License;

 

ü       Complete the character questions on page 4 attesting to your fitness to serve as an educator and provide all supporting materials if required. A full explanation of all “yes” questions must be provided. Failure to accurately or truthfully complete these questions may be grounds for denial of your right to teach in Oregon;

 

ü       Full court documentation of all convictions must be provided. If you have been convicted of a DUII and have successfully completed a diversion program, please submit a copy of court documentation verifying successful completion of the diversion program and proof that the DUII has been dismissed with your application; and

 

ü       Sign and date the application within 30 days prior to submitting your materials to TSPC.

 

B. Official transcripts: Official transcripts verifying a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited* college or university. The official transcripts must bear the seal of the institution and signature of the registrar and must be submitted in a separate sealed college or university envelope with your application.  In the alternative your university may be able to submit your transcripts to TSPC electronically.

 

C. Completed C-2 form: A Program Completion Report (Form C-2) completed by your teacher education institution verifying completion of an approved teacher education program. The C2 Form must be submitted in a separate sealed college or university envelope.

 

D. Copy of out-of-state license: A photocopy of the front and back of any license from another state valid for unrestricted full-time teaching, if you have one.

 

E. Verification of recent educational experience:  (See subsection V, above) Verification on the Professional Educational Experience Report (PEER) form of recent educational experience as defined above. PEER forms must be completed by the employing public or private district in which the experience was acquired and submitted in a sealed school district envelope. TSPC does not accept faxes or photocopies of this form.

 

 

 

F.  Verification of passing scores on basic skills tests: Submit original score report for basic skills knowledge. Submit CBEST; Praxis/PPST; or WEST-B (The West-B option is only available if you have already completed a Washingtonteacher education program.)  You may have your scores reported to TSPC electronically by the testing companies. Official transcripts of a regionally accredited doctorate degree waives the basic skills requirement.[Official score reports will be returned to the applicant.]

 

G.  Verification of passing scores on tests of knowledge for endorsements: Submit original score reports demonstrating passage of the subject-matter licensure test required for the license and endorsements for which you are applying.  You may have your scores reported to TSPC electronically by the testing companies. If you have had your endorsement verified through a transcript evaluation as a veteran out-of-state teacher for any prior license in Oregon, you need not submit score reports for those endorsements only. [Official score reports will be returned to the applicant.]

 

 

H. Evidence of civil rights knowledge.  Submit a photocopy of the civil rights workshop certificate received or official transcripts verifying completion of the civil rights course.

 

I. Fingerprints: Submit one fingerprint card and $62 fingerprint fee.  Oregonapplicants must submit one fingerprint card for Oregon State Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal history records.  Refer to Instructions For Fulfilling Oregon's Fingerprinting Requirements.

 

             J.  Fees: Non-refundable application fee: $100; and fingerprint fee: $62.  Total:  $162

 

 

 

Enclose all materials in a single envelope and mail to:

 

 TEACHER STANDARDS ANDPRACTICES COMMISSION

 465 COMMERCIAL ST NE

 SALEM, OR  97301

 

 

NOTES:

 

* Regionally accredited associations accepted by TSPC:

 

·         New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

·         North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA)

·         Northwest Association of Accredited Schools (NAAS) (Private Schools K-12)

·         Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA)

·         Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

·         Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

 

Private Schools: If you are verifying regionally accredited* private school experience, you must submit documentation of the school’s regional accreditation during the time of the experience you are verifying.

 

 

 

 

 


Teacher Standards and Practices Commission

 

 

465 Commercial St NE

Salem, OR 97301                                                     Contact.tspc@state.or.us

 Voice (503) 378-3586                                              www.tspc.state.or.us

                                                                                

 

Testing Information

 

For information on the following examinations, contact:

 

NES: CBEST Program, National Evaluation Systems, P.O. Box 340880, Sacramento, CA 95834-0880 and request the Registration Bulletin, phone (916) 928-4001 or internet address:  You can register online at: http://www.cbest.nesinc.com.

 

ETS: Teaching and Learning Division, Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6051, Princeton, NJ 08541-6051 and request the Registration Bulletin, phone (609) 771-7395.  You can register online at: www.ets.org/praxis. You can e-mail your questions to: praxis@ets.org.

 

1.    Basic Skills Examinations

 

 

 

           

                Code

Minimum Score

California Basic Skills Test (CBEST)

N/A

123

-OR-

 

 

Praxis I:  Academic Skills Assessments

(computer & paper versions are available)

 

 

PPST: Mathematics

(10730)

175

PPST: Reading

(10710)

174

PPST: Writing

(20720)

171

-OR-

 

 

Washington State Educator Skills Test (WEST-B)

 

 

WEST-B: Reading

 

240

WEST-B: Writing

 

240

WEST-B: Mathematics

 

240

 

Teaching Endorsement Area Examinations

 

Multiple Subjects:

 

ORELA Multiple Subject Examination – www.orela.nesinc.com

Current passing scores on all three examinations is   240

All candidates must take Subsections 2 and 3 ONLY.

 

Refer to the ORELA Registration Bulletin available at the ORELA Web site for information regarding testing dates, late and emergency registration services.

 


 

Special Education Endorsements

 

Special Education Endorsement

Code

Minimum Score

 

 

Special Education Endorsement

Code

Minimum Score

SEM

 

 

                SEM

Visually Impaired

(10280)

760

730

Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

(10271)

150                  

144

Communication Disorders

(20330)

630

610

Early Intervention/Special Education

Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood

 

 

 

(10690)

 

 

 

560

 

 

530

 

 

Special Education:  Knowledge-Based Core Principles

 

 

 

(20351)

 

 

 

155

 

 

 

147         

 

 

Subject Matter Endorsements

 

Subject Endorsements

Code

Minimum Score

SEM Score

Subject Endorsements

Code

Minimum Score

SEM

Score

Agricultural Science and Technology

(10900)

620

590

Integrated Science

General Science: Content Knowledge, Part 1

General Science: Content Knowledge, Part 2

 

 (10431)

(10432)

 

152

150

 

145

143

Art

Art: Content Knowledge

Art: Content, Traditions, Criticism & Aesthetics

 

(10133)

(20132)

 

161

145

 

156

145

Language Arts

English Lang., Lit., & Composition:

Content Knowledge

English Lang., Lit., & Composition:

Essays

 

 

(10041)

 

(20042)

 

 

164

 

145

 

 

159

 

145

Marketing

(10560)

690

660

Biology

Biology:

Content Knowledge, Part 1

Biology:

Content Knowledge, Part 2

 

 

(20231)

 

(20232)

 

 

161

 

156

 

 

155

 

148

 

Mathematics:

 

Middle School Mathematics

 

 

 

(20069)

 

 

 

 

163

 

 

 

156

Advanced Mathematics

Content Knowledge

Proofs, Models, and Problems, Part 1

 

 

(10061)

(20063)

 

 

147

144

 

 

138

144

Middle School Science

(10439)

148

 

Middle School Social Studies

(20089)

146

Middle School Language Arts

(10049)

159

 

Music:

 Analysis

Music:  Content Knowledge

 

 

(20112)

(10113)

 

167

167

 

 

167

162

General Business Education

 

(10100)

620

600

Chemistry

Chemistry: Content Knowledge

 

 

 20241)

 

144

 

136

Physical Education

Content Knowledge

Movement Forms-Analysis & Design

Movement Forms-Video Evaluation

With a Composite Score

 

(10091)

(30092)

(20093)

 

160

141

145

446

 

156

141

145

446

Chemistry/Physics

(10070)

570

540

Early Childhood Education

(10020)

 

 

600               

           

 

580

Physics

Physics: Content Knowledge

 

(0261)

 

147

 

139

 

Library Media

(10310)

630

610

Reading

(20300)

 

640

 

620

 

Family & Consumer Sciences

(10120)

650

630

Social Studies

(10081)

(20085)

158

165

153

155

Spanish

Spanish: Content Knowledge

Spanish: Productive Language Skills

 

(10191)

(20192)

 

166

165

 

161

160

German

 

German: Content Knowledge

German: Productive Language Skills

 

 

(20181)  (30182)

 

161          164

 

157

160

Speech

(10220)

640

610

Technology Education

(10050)

                 640

 

630

Health Education

(20550)

720

690

English as a Second Language

(20360)

550

520

 

 

Endorsements Which Have No Examination Assigned

 

The following endorsement areas do not have an examination assigned to them.  Therefore, a transcript evaluation is required in order to qualify for the endorsement.

 

 

Adapted Physical Education

 

Drama

 

Japanese

 

Latin

 

Russian