How to Become a PE Teacher in Oregon

Read about the educational requirements and the ORELA tests needed to become a certified physical education teacher in Oregon. Find out what is necessary for the application and how the process works.

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The state of Oregon offers a physical education endorsement for anyone interested in pursuing their Preliminary Teaching License. Physical education is one of three areas in Oregon that is offered as a K-12 certification, so students with a passion for working with all ages should consider this endorsement.

Oregon's Teacher Salary Information and Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in Oregon (2017)* $69,330 (Kindergarten), $65,640 (Elementary), $73,630 (Middle), $69,660 (Secondary)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Physical Education
Testing Requirements 2 ORELA exams: Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment, Physical Education

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Earn a Bachelor's Degree

Future physical education teachers need to complete an approved and accredited teacher preparation program. This program will provide them with a degree in physical education and with hands-on experience through a student teaching internship. Each program will likely feature both general education classes in addition to more exercise-specific ones. While every program will be somewhat different in content, most will include classes like:

  • Sports Psychology
  • Prevention and Care of Injury in Physical Activity Settings
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Intercultural Communication

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Step 2: Take ORELA Tests

The state of Oregon uses Oregon Educator Licensure Assessments (ORELA) to test teachers' understanding of teaching strategies and information necessary for success in the classroom. Physical education teachers are required to take two ORELAs: the Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment test and the Physical Education test. The Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment exam is 90 minutes long and made up of 60 multiple-choice questions. To pass the test, you must get at least a score of 240. This exam is important since it is designed to help all teachers better understand Oregon's learning standards. This test and the Physical Education test both cost $95. The Physical Education exam is three hours long, composed of 150 multiple-choice questions, and requires a score of at least 220. All ORELAs are available at testing centers throughout Oregon.

Step 3: Turn in the Certification Application

Finally, future physical education teachers are ready to begin the online application process. Teachers need to get fingerprinted through FieldPrint. Submitting an application costs $55 while the appointment system for FieldPrint charges $12.50. Next, teachers will need to provide all official transcripts, verification of the teaching preparation program, and the results from all ORELA exams. When all of these documents are submitted along with the $140 fee, applicable to those who obtained their degree in Oregon, prospective teachers will be able to receive their Preliminary Teaching License.

Study Resources for Future Oregon Teachers

Students interested in teaching Physical Education in Oregon can start studying ahead of time with the many resources available online. Check out the guide to the physical education ORELA below.

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