Teacher Professional Development in Oregon

Oregon Department of Education website on professional development
Teacher Standards and Practices Commission of Oregon homepage, including forms for certificate renewal

Oregon Teaching Licenses

(information quoted from TSPC License Guide)

Basic Teaching License
A basic teaching license was issued to a qualified person who completed an approved program and applied for a teaching license prior to January 1999. The license required a bachelors degree and demonstration of subject-matter competency through testing or coursework.

Standard Teaching License
A standard teaching license is issued to a qualified person who has completed an advanced approved teacher education program that resulted in a masters degree or equivalent and has taught on a Basic Teaching License for at least three years half-time or more.

Continuing Teaching License
The Continuing Teaching License is an advanced teaching license that is issued to qualified applicants that have demonstrated advanced competency in teaching and who have taught for at least five years. The Continuing Teaching License authorizes the teacher to teach in the subject areas in which the license is endorsed and at the grade levels at which the license is authorized.

Five Year Teaching License
The Five-Year Teaching License is valid only in the specific subject in which it is endorsed.

Initial I Teaching License
The Initial I Teaching License is the first stage teaching license that is valid for the subject areas and grade levels at which the teacher is endorsed and authorized to teach.

Initial II Teaching License
The Initial II Teaching License is the second stage license that is valid for the subject areas and grade levels at which the teacher is endorsed and authorized to teach.

Preliminary Teaching License
The Preliminary Teaching License is issued to out-of-state candidates who meet the federal definition of highly qualified teacher. The applicant must have completed an approved teacher education program, hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and meet the federal definitions for subject-matter competency. After one year, the applicant must meet all requirements for the Initial I Teaching License.

Transitional Teaching License
The Transitional Teaching License is issued to an out-of-state candidate who has completed a teacher education program in another state or who holds a non-provisional license from another state. At the end of the license effective period, the teacher must meet the requirements of the Initial I Teaching License


(information quoted from TSPC Continuing Professional Development for Licensure Renewal site)

The Oregon Administrative Rules include the standards against which the individual and district plans are measured. OAR 584-90-001 states that all plans must have as their primary purpose increasing student learning by improving educator’s professional skills. Plans should assist educators to: 1) achieve district, state and national standards; 2) keep current with the development and use of best practices; and 3) develop ways to enhance learning for a diverse student body.

Oregon Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

(information quoted from TSPC Continuing Professional Development for Licensure Renewal site)

Educators who hold Basic, Standard or Continuing Licenses are required to complete a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Plan in order to renew the license. This requirement does not apply to initial licenses. The Oregon CPD plan provides two options for the educator. One is a plan offered by the District. The second is an individual plan developed by the educator in collaboration with a supervisor or a CPD advisor. A CPD advisor may be a colleague, faculty member from an institution, or business or community member that is related to the activities of the plan and approved by the educator’s supervisor.

The educator will complete a form that identifies the CPD goals of the educator, the district and State, and will propose the activities necessary to fulfill the plan. At the conclusion of the cycle, the educator will reflect on the activities and how the plan has enhanced student learning. The advisor/supervisor will sign the form. The district will report "successful experience and completed CPD plan" on the Professional Educational Experience Report (PEER) Form when the educator applies for renewal of licensure.

CPD Plans

(information quoted from TSPC Continuing Professional Development for Licensure Renewal site)

Educators will choose a CPD option in which at least one domain of professional competency is addressed. A completed five-year plan for renewal of a Standard or Continuing License consists of at least 125 PDUs. A completed three-year plan for renewal of a Basic License consists of a minimum of 75 PDUs. A Professional Development Unit equates to one clock hour. One quarter hour of college or university credit equals 20 PDUs. One semester hour of college or university credit equals 30 PDUs. .A plan may be segmented into a series of one-year plans to permit the educator and the district to annually review and update the plan. Once the plan is developed, it may be amended to reflect changes in an educator's assignments or goals. It will be the educator's responsibility to provide documentation to the supervisor or CPD advisor that the plan is completed and that the educator has analyzed the results and applied what has been done to enhance student learning.

For additional details on renewal of Oregon teaching licenses, see the Oregon Department of Education website.

Page content located by Loraine D. Enloe
Edited by Stacey C. Kolthammer