How to Become a Teacher in Oregon

If you live in Oregon or are interested in moving to the Pacific Northwest, you may want to know how to become a teacher in Oregon. As is true in all states, the first step is to earn a bachelor degree, which you can do through online degree programs or traditional brick-and-mortar colleges and universities.

Oregon has several types of teaching licenses depending on:

  • Whether you have a bachelor or master degree.
  • How many years of experience you have.
  • Whether you have a teaching license or certification in another state.

Level I Certification Requirements for Oregon

  • Earn a bachelor degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Complete a teacher-education program, typically while pursuing a bachelor degree.
  • Pass the Oregon Praxis Basic Skills test. If you have passed the CBEST or WEST-B tests, the requirement to pass the Oregon test may be waived.
  • Pass the Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment test.
  • Pass the Oregon Educator Licensure Assessment to verify competence to teach in your chosen subject speciality.
  • Be fingerprinted and pass a criminal history background check.

Level II Certification Requirements

  • A master degree; or
  • Graduate-level courses of 45 quarter units or 30 semester units. All courses must be relevant to the teaching certificate.

A Level II teaching certificate substantially increases your annual salary.

Initial Teaching License Based on Reciprocity.

Oregon has reciprocity with other states and will issue an initial teaching license if the following requirements are met:

  • Have a minimum of a bachelor degree from an approved and accredited college or university.
  • Hold a current or past full teaching credential authorizing you to teach in K-12 from any state.
  • Pass the criminal background check.

The license is good for 18 months. During those 18 months, you must either pass all required Oregon testing assessments or submit scores on the tests that you have passed in another state. Oregon will evaluate your out-of-state tests and test scores to determine if they meet the Oregon requirements.

Outlook for Teaching Jobs and Salaries in Oregon.

Outlook for future jobs: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects job growth for teachers between now and 2020 to be 7 percent. This is a slower projected growth than for some jobs in other industries, but this is an average growth projection. Some states will experience a much greater demand for teachers depending on the state’s population, teacher-to-student required ratios and other factors.

Sample teaching salaries: Using the Portland School District only as an example, pay might range from a starting annual salary of $35,886 to $73,101 at the top of the scale. Salary depends on the school district as well as your education level and years of experience.

To get more information about how to become a teacher in Oregon and to obtain information about current job opportunities, check with the Oregon State Department of Education.