How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Oregon

Jan 02, 2019

Substitute teachers are essential for keeping schools running. Whenever there is a sickness or emergency, schools can stay open to allow students to continue their education unhindered. To become a substitute teacher in Oregon, follow these steps.

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Oregon had roughly 6,230 substitute teachers in 2017. If you'd like to also become a substitute teacher, we can provide the necessary steps here.

Requirements for Oregon Substitute Teachers

Average Salary for Substitute Teachers in Oregon (2017)* $44,730
Required Degree Bachelor's Degree
Required Field Any
Testing Requirements ORELA Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Education Environment

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Complete Education Requirements

Being a substitute teacher is very similar to becoming a regular teacher in Oregon. First, you need to have a bachelor's degree. It doesn't need to be in education, as this requirement is met in the next step. Any bachelor's degree program that you take should be geared toward learning important skills, such as problem-solving, behavior management, and organization. Management would also be quite helpful, as would an internship in any area that works with children.

Step 2: Complete Teacher Preparation Program

This step is essential for substitute teachers. You may have completed a bachelor's degree that has nothing to do with teaching, but you may be considering a career change. A teacher preparation program will provide you with the education courses and experience that your bachelor's degree program likely didn't. This can include courses in classroom management, instructional theories, assessment, working with students from diverse background. These programs also include student teaching internships, putting you directly in classrooms getting experience with real students and mentor children.

Step 3: Complete Required Exams

The only exam you'll need to complete for substitute teacher licensure is the Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment exam. This is often referred to as the Civil Rights exam by the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC). The fee for this exam is $95, and test takers must score over 240 in order to be considered passing by the TSPC. There will be 60 multiple-choice questions asked on two areas: legal foundations and equity in the school environment. Your scores will be sent directly to the TSPC within three weeks of taking the exam.

Step 3: Have a Background Check

Any prospective teachers, even those who will work with students occasionally like a substitute teacher, must clear a background check. Using the FieldPrint locations local to you, have a digital fingerprint scan run for $12.50. If you paid the $57 background check fee, FieldPrint will send your prints to both the FBI and the Oregon databases. The results will be sent directly to the TSPC.

Certification Resources for Oregon Substitute Teachers

Acting as a substitute teacher is not always an easy career step, as it includes changing environments, schools, and students constantly. If you would like to expand your role, consider taking any of the other ORELA exams that could help you license as a full-time teacher. Many of the ORELA exams are being replaced by the NES exams, so you can see what some of these tests look like below:

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