April 18, 2018

Oregon Teacher Certification

Average Teacher Salary: $48,981
Average State Salary for All Jobs: $41,430

Coursework and Preparation Programs You’ll Need:

You’ll need a Bachelor’s Degree before you can teach in Oregon schools. There are no special undergraduate coursework requirements in individual subject areas for Oregon teacher certification. You will, however, need to complete an Oregon-approved teacher preparation program. A discussion of coursework and preparation programs can be found on this Web page:
TSPC License Guide
Additional information can be found in the TSPC FAQ.
For a list of alternative teacher preparation programs, see the National Center for Alternative Certification Web site.


For teacher certification in Oregon, you’ll need to take the following test for basic teaching skills:
PPST (Pre Professional Skills Test) Official Site | Praxis 1 Test
You’ll also need to take one or more of the following tests in specific subject areas:
Praxis 2 Exams Official Site | Praxis 2 Test

Reciprocity Agreements

The State of Oregon has reciprocity agreements to accept teaching credentials from most other states.

Facts about Oregon Teacher Certification

Differential pay support is available for teachers in high needs subject areas.
After teaching in Oregon for three years, a teacher becomes eligible for tenure.

For Further Information

You can contact the Oregon State Department of Education about teacher certification at this address:
Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission
465 Commercial St. NE
Salem, OR 97301

Or you can call the commission at (503)378-3586.
In addition, the following official Web sites have information about the Oregon teacher certification process:

Oregon Department of Education
Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission