Oregon Teacher Certification Programs

How to Become a Teacher in Oregon

By earning an Oregon teaching license (also known as a teaching certificate or teaching credential) at George Fox University, you'll be equipped to teach in public and private schools in Oregon.

George Fox's School of Education is approved by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) for the preparation of PreK-12 teachers.

Oregon Preliminary Teaching License Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited school, including a student teaching practicum
  • Completion of a TSPC-approved teacher preparation program (bachelor's or master's degree)
  • License application and fee
  • Fingerprint background check
  • Successful completion of tests, such as the Oregon civil rights exam and Oregon Educator Licensure Assessments (ORELA) subject matter exams

After working as a teacher in an Oregon school for four years and completing an advanced preparation program, you will be eligible to apply for a Professional Teaching License.

Earn your Preliminary Teaching License through any of these teaching degree programs:

Infographic depicting the steps to get your teaching license. With a high school diploma, go straight into a Bachelors Degree in Education to receive a license. With an AA degree or 2 years of college, you would want to do our Adult Degree Completion Program to be licensed. With a bachelors degree or higher, consider getting your Master of Arts in teaching to get your license

If you want to teach at the early childhood or elementary school level, a bachelor's degree in elementary education from George Fox is the only degree you need.

If you want to teach middle school or high school students, you'll need a master's degree.

2 Adult Masters students discuss teaching in a classroom

Graduate Teacher Preparation Program

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

  • Part-time and full-time programs throughout Oregon or through online virtual instruction.
  • Students may also add a specialist endorsement in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), reading or special education to their MAT degree.

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

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Undergraduate Teacher Preparation Programs

Don't have a bachelor's degree yet? No problem! There's still a straightforward path for you to become a teacher.

Bachelor's in Elementary Education

Already a Licensed Teacher?

We can help you renew your teaching license through our weekend, summer and online classes.


Preliminary Teaching License Candidates # Taking Tests # Passing Tests Pass Rate (%)
Program Completers, 2019-2020 131 131 100%


Oregon TSPC Approved

George Fox University is approved by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) to offer PreK-12 preliminary licensure with either a multiple subjects or single subjects focus. TSPC has also approved the School of Education for the preparation of principals, superintendents, and other administrators as well as school counselors and school psychologists.

National Accreditation

The College of Education is accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) for its education programs at the initial teacher preparation and advanced educator preparation levels. The U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation designates AAQEP as a Recognized Accrediting Organization.


Regional Accreditation

George Fox University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. It is approved by the U.S. government and the states of Oregon and Idaho for the education of veterans, and by the U.S. attorney general for the admission of international students.

About George Fox

As Oregon's nationally recognized Christian university, faculty and students at George Fox University discuss moral and ethical issues within the context of a Christian worldview. The majority of teacher licensure candidates teach in public education and are taught to adhere to the constitutional guidelines regarding the separation of church and state.

However, like all teachers, they inevitably model their worldview by interacting with students, colleagues and parents in ways that are just and that demonstrate the value of each individual. The context of George Fox University as an independent Christian university enables students to expand their viewpoints and to learn to model their awareness and appreciation for student diversity.


Kipp Wilfong

Kipp Wilfong

Admissions Counselor, Graduate Education Programs