Teaching Degrees in Oregon

Those interested in pursuing a teaching degree in Oregon should know some important information, including:

  • The impact of a master’s degree
  • Scholarships and grants
  • Oregon teacher certification

Also included here is a list of additional resources and a comprehensive directory of fully- accredited teaching degrees in Oregon.

Teaching Degrees in Oregon

Oregon boasts more than 35 accredited and approved teacher preparation programs offered through colleges and universities. As with all states, a bachelor’s degree is the minimum educational requirement for becoming a licensed teacher in the state.

The starting salary for new teachers is around $31,556 per year, with the state average across all levels of teachers being $54,085 per year. Approximately 52 percent of Oregon teachers have a master’s degree. These teachers can expect a salary bump of $2,450 per year over the salary for a teacher with a bachelor’s degree in Oregon.

Teaching Scholarships and Grants in Oregon

There are many options for financial aid, including grants and scholarships, for teaching programs in Oregon. Among the varied options are:

Eastern Oregon University Math Education Scholarship Award
The Math Education Scholarship Award provides a $2,000 to $4,000 renewable scholarship to Eastern Oregon University undergraduate students that are interested in teaching math at secondary schools in Oregon.

Oregon PTA Teacher Education Scholarship
The Oregon PTA offers a $500 merit scholarship to students who want to teach in elementary or secondary schools in Oregon after graduation.

Oregon State University Scholarships
OSU’s College of Education offers several scholarships and fellowships to students.

Pacific University Oregon College of Education Scholarships
Pacific University Oregon offers over a dozen scholarship opportunities for students in its College of Education.

Portland State University
Portland State University offers 66 different scholarship and grant opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in educated related programs.

University of Oregon College of Education Scholarships
The University of Oregon College of Education offers many scholarship and grant opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, with most ranging between $1,500 to $7,000 per year.

University of Portland
The University of Portland has 19 scholarship opportunities for students in their College of Education.

Willamette University/Elva Kleger Salem Retired Educators Scholarship
This scholarship is available to students that are in their last year of a teacher education.

regon Teacher Certification

Obtaining a teacher certification license in Oregon requires passing a number of state-specific exams, which are outlined by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practice Commission, in addition to the completion of an accredited teaching certification program.

Minimum Certification requirements include:

  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Passing score on Civil Rights, Basic Skills, and Content Area exams.
  • Criminal fingerprint background checks and Child Abuse Clearances.

Oregon also has alternative pathways to teaching, but requires that candidates obtain employment with a school district that will co-apply for the license.

Important Note: Oregon has reciprocity agreements for teachers from out of state who move to Oregon, as defined by the Interstate Agreement defined by the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification. Specific questions about reciprocity can be addressed by contacting the Oregon Department of Education.

Initial teaching licenses in Oregon are good for three years and are renewable twice. After this, the candidate will pursue the Initial II license, which is also good for three years, renewable, and requires:

  • Completion of additional graduate level coursework.
  • Professional assessment by the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC).
  • One year of full-time teaching experience.
  • Establishment of a professional development plan.

A five-year optional Continuing Teaching License is also available, but requires a doctoral degree, advanced district-based training, or National Board of Professional Teaching Standards certification.

Additional Resources about Teaching in Oregon

The following resources provide additional information about becoming a professional teacher in Oregon and maintaining this status.

Go Teach Oregon
Includes scholarship info, teaching requirements and salary information.

Oregon Department of Labor
Information regarding job opportunities and the job market in Oregon.

Oregon Education Association
Action group for Oregon educators and statistics about public schools in the state.

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