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Important Notice: In July 2005, TSPC made significant changes to the advanced licensure requirements for teachers holding an Initial Teaching License (now known as the "Initial I" Teaching License). As a result, the Continuing Teaching License (CTL) is now optional rather than required.

However, teachers who choose not to get a CTL are required to have made progress towards an "Initial II" Teaching License by the time their first Initial I Teaching License expires. Teachers should refer to their personalized correspondence from TSPC to determine the number of graduate-level credits TSPC will require for the first licensure renewal, as the number will vary depending on whether the educator already holds a Master's degree (or the equivalent, as determined by TSPC), or only has a Bachelor's degree. If you choose to qualify for an Initial II rather than a CTL, please contact TSPC for additional guidance.

The purpose of SOU's Continuing Teaching License program is to provide teachers with the opportunity to meet the requirements stipulated by Oregon's Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) for a Continuing Teaching License. The School of Education offers two configurations of programs for Continuing Teaching Licensure: 1) Combined into a 45-hour Master's of Education program for teachers who do not already hold a Master's degree, or 2) A plan of study for the purpose of CTL alone for teachers who already have a Master's degree. This program is specifically designed to meet the needs of working professionals by offering courses via distance learning and on-line during the academic year and on the Ashland campus during summer term. The fundamental piece of our program is its emphasis on the individual professional development plan, incorporating the needs of the teacher and the trends of the profession as a whole.

  1. If you have an Oregon Initial I Teaching License but do not hold a Master's degree*: Program requirements for the Continuing Teaching License can be met by completing our Combined Master's In Education/CTL program. Please refer to the "M.Ed." section for more information.
  2. If you have an Oregon Initial I Teaching License and a Master's degree*: Program requirements can be met in one of three ways: 1) earned National Board Certification, 2) earned doctorate degree, or 3) completion of an approved CTL program. Southern Oregon University is one of 11 Oregon universities with an approved CTL program.

Southern Oregon University's Program for CTL Only consists of 12 credits of graduate work as outlined below.

  1. Nine credits of advanced professional studies courses as formally approved on an SOU Program Plan for CTL only by the CTL Program Advisor, Dr. Ken Kempner (see Contacts).  
  2. When the approved nine credits have been completed, candidates then enroll in ED 520, Professional Portfolio course (three credits).  This course guides the student through a professional portfolio, and includes assembling evidence of meeting TSPC's Advanced Proficiencies..

Please note: you will need to gain admission to the School of Education prior to filing a planned program or enrolling in CTL courses.

Courses are offered either on the World Wide Web or via 2-way video from designated transmission sites. Go to... SOU Schedule--including Distance Learning .

*Teaching Experience Required by TSPC for the CTL:
In addition to completing program requirements, to be awarded the CTL candidates also need to accumulate five years of contract teaching experience at least half-time in Oregon public schools or other approved teaching experiences. However, candidates who have met program requirements for the CTL but do not yet have the necessary years of experience at the point where the Initial I can no longer be renewed can qualify for the Initial II Teaching License, and then upgrade to the CTL when they have the required five years.

CTL Background
The Continuing Teaching License (CTL) became a new requirement for Oregon teachers on January 15, 1999, along with a variety of other changes for newly, or initially licensed teachers. The Oregon Educational Act for the 21st Century of 1991 set in motion a series of changes for K-12 schools. Among these changes was the development of new learning standards for Oregon students, and new assessments to measure how successfully students met the new standards. The shift to standards-based teaching and learning required that new teachers be prepared to teach effectively in standards-based classrooms. Oregon's Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) revised the requirements for teaching licensure to align with the new K-12 standards. Oregon's teacher education institutions revised their teacher preparation programs to meet these new requirements. Southern Oregon University's portfolio process and components document the advanced teaching competencies required by TSPC for the Continuing Teaching License.