Oregon Teacher Certification Programs

How to Become a Teacher in Oregon

Initial teaching license at George Fox University, students and teacher

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

  1. Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited school
  2. Completion of a TSPC-approved teacher preparation program (bachelor's or master's degree)
  3. License application and fee
  4. Fingerprint background check
  5. Successful completion of tests, such as the Oregon civil rights exam and subject matter exams

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

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.

Graduate Teacher Preparation Program

Students may also add a specialist endorsement in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), reading or special education to their MAT degree.

Undergraduate Teacher Preparation Programs

* Programs include student teaching

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Oregon TSPC Accreditation

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

George Fox’s School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is the only Christian college in Oregon to earn NCATE accreditation for its education programs.

George Fox University is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). GFU's College of Education is working toward accreditation of its educator preparation programs under the AAQEP standards with an anticipated Quality Assurance Review in April 2021.

Regional Accreditation

All degree programs at George Fox University are 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 University

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