How to Become a Math Teacher in Oregon

Jan 02, 2019

Discover the requirements for math education endorsement in the state of Oregon. Find out how to pursue the correct degree, which ORELA tests to take, and when to start the application process.

The state of Oregon licenses mathematics teachers at the middle and secondary school levels. If an Oregon applicant completes all required ORELA testing and educational requirements, he or she will be eligible for a Preliminary License in the state.

Oregon Math Teacher Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in Oregon (2017)* $73,630 (Middle), $69,660 (Secondary)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Mathematics education
Testing Requirements ORELA: Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment, applicable mathematics subject exam

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Earn a Bachelor's Degree at a School in Oregon

Future math teachers in Oregon will need to graduate from an approved, accredited in-state teacher preparation program with a degree in mathematics education. They will have to choose whether to pursue the middle grades track or the secondary school track, and eventually they will have the opportunity to try student teaching to gain hands-on experience in the classroom. Each preparation program has slightly different requirements and structures, but most mandate that students take basic general education classes in addition to math education classes. Some courses students might take include:

  • Algebra
  • Statistics and probability
  • Adolescent learning styles
  • Multicultural issues in education

Step 2: Take All Required ORELA Tests

It is important for students to find out if any tests are required for entry into their program of study. Some may require students to pass the Oregon Educator Licensure Assessments (ORELAs) prior to taking advanced education courses and beginning student teaching, and some may not.

Regardless, all teachers are required to take the Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment exam, which makes sure that all teachers are prepared to uphold the learning standards in Oregon. This test includes 60 multiple-choice questions and lasts 90 minutes. It costs $95, and teachers need to score at least a 240 to pass.

Next, mathematics teachers will take the Mathematics ORELA if they want to receive an Advanced Mathematics endorsement and teach high school or the Middle School Mathematics ORELA if they want to receive the Foundational Mathematics endorsement needed to teach middle schoolers. Both tests are 4 hours and 15 minutes long and made up of 150 multiple-choice questions. Both cost $95 and require at least a score of 220 to pass.

Step 3: Turn in the Certification Application

The last step for future math teachers is to complete the online application process. First, teachers should get fingerprinted by FieldPrint. Next, teachers must provide documentation of transcripts from their bachelor's degree and teacher preparation programs along with scores on ORELAs. Teachers will have to pay a $140 fee in order to have their application processed. When all of these materials have been provided, teachers are eligible to receive their Preliminary License.

Study Resources for Future Oregon Teachers

Get started studying for ORELAs now! Take a look at the mathematics study guides below to get a sense of what to expect on the tests.

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