Licensure Process

Getting your Oregon Teaching License takes three steps: Education, Experience and Exams. The Graduate Teacher Licensure program is structured to help you meet each of these requirements.

Education: Before you can apply for licensure, Oregon requires you to have a regionally accredited degree and specific coursework. Corban’s Graduate Teacher Licensure program provides the required education coursework you need to apply for your license.

TSPC requires that all licensure candidates have taken a course in childhood or adolescent or lifespan development, relevant to the age of students designated by the desired authorization levels. This course may be completed at any accredited higher education institution and may be completed prior to admission to Corban’s GTL program.

Experience: You will complete a 40-hour practicum and then at least one full-time 15-week semester of student teaching, during which you will prepare a portfolio of teacher performance evidence to be assessed by educators recruited from across the nation.

Exams: Candidates pursuing early childhood, elementary or middle school authorizations are required to pass the NES Elementary Assessments, Subtests I and II. Middle School and High School candidates are required to pass all relevant content area NES Secondary Exams. All candidates must pass the ORELA– Protecting Student and Civil Rights in Educational Environments Exam – before student teaching..

Fingerprinting and Criminal History Background: All licensure candidates must be cleared through TSPC after submission of fingerprinting documentation and criminal history background forms. This process will be conducted early in the course of the GTL program and students will not be allowed to progress to student teaching until clearance is granted.