Becoming a Teacher in Oregon

Explore Program, Licensing and Job Outlook Data for 2016

If you’re an aspiring Oregon teacher, ToBecomeATeacher.org has compiled all the information and insights you’ll need to make smart decisions about the future. To begin, you will need to complete the following critical steps:

1. Choosing a Program: First, you will need to find an education program that supports your budget and short- and long-term career goals.

  • Finding an appropriate program that fits your needs is never easy. Maybe you’re concerned about budget or student debt load. Perhaps, you want to pursue a specific specialization. Or maybe you hope to obtain your teacher license while also obtaining a graduate degree in a field outside of education. Whatever you’re needs and goals, the first step is to carry out the required research and to develop a shortlist of top programs that can help you pursue your dream.

2. Planning for Licensure in Oregon: To become a licensed Oregon teacher, you’ll need to complete at least a bachelor’s degree, a teacher preparation program and the state’s applicable teacher licensure exams known as the National Evaluation Series.

3. Entering the Workforce: Once you’ve completed an education program and passed the state’s applicable exams, you will be ready to enter the job market and launch your teaching career in Oregon.

  • To get started, it is important to assess where you hope to teach. What are your lifestyle priorities and salary expectations? What special skills and talents do you have and what type or school would benefit most from these assets?  Throughout this process, it is critical to continue developing your resume, expanding your education and gaining additional teaching experience. The more current you are when you go on the job market, the more likely you will be to obtain a full-time teaching position in Oregon shortly after graduation.

Choosing an Education Program in Oregon

ToBecomeATeacher.org knows that every state is home to many different teacher licensure programs and that choosing the right program can be difficult. Fortunately, we have streamlined the process. Using a algorithmic tool, we have reviewed, tested and documented the top education programs in the State of Oregon. Since our criteria reflects prospective teachers’ top priorities, our rankings focus on the things that matter most to you, including total expense, student-to-faculty ratios, graduation rates, potential earnings and over all return on investment.

All the schools on ToBecomeATeacher.org’s list below are committed to excellence and have proven themselves to be among the very best places to pursue an education degree in Oregon. Find out which schools rank highest and best match your own needs.

Southern Oregon University

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 18 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 31176
  • Acceptance rate 73.04 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 33549
  • Graduation Rate 34.11 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 22804

Eastern Oregon University

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 25 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 30120
  • Acceptance rate 67 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 33549
  • Graduation Rate 27.82 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 22500

Portland State University

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 21 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 31512
  • Acceptance rate 61.17 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 33549
  • Graduation Rate 41.52 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 24568.5

Warner Pacific College

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 11 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 82280
  • Acceptance rate 52.74 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 33549
  • Graduation Rate 41.56 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 26643

Oregon State University

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 23 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 33288
  • Acceptance rate 78.94 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 33549
  • Graduation Rate 61.19 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 23166

University of Oregon

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 21 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 39052
  • Acceptance rate 74.17 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 33549
  • Graduation Rate 66.92 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 21535

Multnomah University

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 15 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 87400
  • Acceptance rate 53.8 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 33549
  • Graduation Rate 45.83 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 25000

Corban University

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 13 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 109724
  • Acceptance rate 32.25 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 33549
  • Graduation Rate 54.69 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 24493

Western Oregon University

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 18 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 34536
  • Acceptance rate 88.2 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 33549
  • Graduation Rate 44.48 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 25000

Northwest Christian University

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 12 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 99720
  • Acceptance rate 70.44 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 33549
  • Graduation Rate 47.45 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 24229.5
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Ranking Factors Explained

Our ranking data is based upon Collegescorecard.gov, IPEDS, and the Carnegie Foundation data sets.

How to Become a Teacher in Oregon

There are two primary pathways to teacher licensure in Oregon:

  • Pathway 1: The first pathway entails completing a bachelor’s degree in education at a Oregon college or university and the state’s required teacher licensure exams–the National Evaluation Series exams–for your desired level and subject area.
  • Pathway 2: If you already hold a bachelor’s degree in recognized content area (e.g., general science, history or English), the most common pathway is to enroll in a post-baccalaureate level teacher preparation program, which may be a master of arts in teaching, and to write and pass the applicable National Evaluation Series exams.

What is the job outlook for teaching careers in the state of Oregon?

In 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor reported that there were 1,190 kindergarten teachers, 12,470 elementary teachers, 5,360 middle school teachers and 9770 high school teachers in Oregon. Jobs for teachers in Oregon are expected to hold steady over the coming years. Most openings will be attributed to anticipated retirements statewide. However, there are teacher shortages in some areas, including bilingual education, mathematics, science and special education.

What resources do teachers have to help them during their careers in Oregon?

  • The primary governing body for education in Oregon is the Oregon Department of Education, which oversees curricular initiatives, assessment and licensure issues.
  • A complete list of Oregon’s teacher preparation programs is available on the website of the Oregon Department of Education.
  • Oregon teachers are represented by the Oregon Education Association.
  • To apply for a teaching license in Oregon, applicants must create an account on the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission website.
  • The Oregon School Personnel Association was established to help recruit and place qualified teachers in schools across Oregon and beyond; their website provides employment information and links to information on the annual Oregon Professional Educator Fair.

What online programs are available to potential teachers in the State of Oregon?

The majority of online programs for teachers in Oregon are at the certificate or graduate level and do not lead to teacher licensure. Concordia University, for example, offers over 30 master’s and doctoral level degrees in education through their online program. Oregon State University offers several online master’s degrees in education, as well as a master of arts in teaching–leading to teacher licensure–in a hybrid online/classroom intensive format. George Fox University offers a unique MAT Plus program; the program enables students in their on-site master of arts in teaching program to pursue an additional endorsement in several fields, including English for speakers of other languages (ESOL), reading or special education.

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