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Oregon Teaching License Renewal

Those who have already been licensed as teachers will still need to keep up with their education and participation in order to keep their licenses active. Here, we'll look at some way to renew your Oregon teaching license.

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Oregon teachers must keep up with technology and education trends. There are always new discoveries in every subject, which could cause a teacher to become obsolete without professional development. Below, we'll look at some of the steps you'll need to follow to renew your license as a teacher in Oregon.

Requirements for Oregon Teachers

Average Salary for Teachers in Oregon (2017)* $29,620 (Preschool), $69,330 (Kindergarten), $65,640 (Elementary School), $73,630 (Middle School), $69,660 (Secondary School)
Required Degree Bachelor's Degree
Required Field Any
Testing Requirements National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) (Optional)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Decide on Renewal

There are two main types of renewal in Oregon: renewal for your current license and renewal with license change. Since many people who have already renewed their professional license have completed the steps once before, for the sake of this article, we'll take a look at preliminary renewal and the preliminary renewal with the intent to move on to a professional teaching license, which is considered the next level.

Preliminary License Renewal

If you have a preliminary teaching license, you can continuously renew this license until you have met all the requirements to obtain your professional teaching license. This is good for three years, and in order to renew, you must complete 75 professional development credits (PDC). These credits can be completed through a number of avenues, including college credit, workshops, conferences, committees, and other district approved activities. These must be first approved by your school district as PDCs. Also, you may earn no more than 35 PDCs per year.

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Renewal with Intent for Professional License

As with any time you transition from a lower step to a higher step, you'll need to satisfy a few requirements to change your preliminary license to a professional teaching license. The first thing you'll need to complete is four or six years of teaching in a classroom (four years full-time, six years part-time). On top of this, you'll need to complete one of the following programs/exams:

  • Advanced degree program (completed after preliminary licensure)
  • Advanced professional development program (between teacher and school district)
  • Advanced licensure program (to become a lead teacher or administrative staff member)
  • Endorsement program (add another subject to your license)
  • Specialization program (add a specialization to your license, such as ASL for special education teachers)
  • National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification as a national teacher

This license needs to be renewed every five years.

Certification Resources for Oregon Teachers

Teachers can never rest on their previous education. As a teacher in Oregon, you must always be learning and building on your skills. The following links can help you continue those skill-building exercises.

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