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Rules for the Continuing Teaching License

Oregon Administrative Rule 584-060-0021-Upon filing a correct and complete application in form and manner prescribed by the commission, a qualified applicant shall be granted a Continuing Teaching License. This license is issued for five years and is renewable repeatedly under conditions specified below. It is valid for regular teaching at one or more designated authorization levels in one or more designated specialties and for substitute teaching at any level in any specialty.

(1) To be eligible for a Continuing Teaching License, an applicant must hold a master's or higher degree in the arts and sciences or an advanced degree in the professions from a regionally accredited institution in the United States, or the foreign equivalent of such degree approved by the commission, together with an equally accredited bachelor's degree.

(2) To be eligible for a Continuing Teaching License, an applicant must have completed as part of the master's degree or separately an advanced program in teaching competencies beyond the initial license preparatory program, consisting of at least six semester hours or nine quarter hours of graduate credit or the equivalent. If the credit is not awarded directly by an institutional program for continuing licensure approved by the commission, all advanced teaching competencies must be validated through assessment by an approved professional development program offered by an institution, an employer, or the two working together. Exceptionally, the applicant may qualify for waiver of that institutional or employer assessment of advanced competencies in one of the following ways:
(a) By obtaining certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards; or
(b) By obtaining a current Certificate of Clinical Competence awarded by the American Speech and Hearing Association for those holding a communication disorders endorsement; or
(c) By having a regionally accredited doctor's degree in education.

(3) To be eligible for a Continuing Teaching License, an applicant after receiving a Transitional or an Initial Teaching License must have three years of successful experience teaching at least half time in one or more of the following schools in Oregon: a public elementary or secondary school, an education service district school, a state-operated or state-supported school, a federal school, a private elementary or secondary school accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, a private elementary or secondary school registered by the state Department of Education, or a private proprietary career school licensed by the superintendent of public instruction.

(4) The Continuing Teaching License can be renewed for five years whenever two requirements have been met during the preceding five-year period:
(a) Completion of one academic year as a full-time licensed educator or two consecutive years as a half-time licensed educator or 180 days of substitute teaching, on any license appropriate for the assignment, in one or more of the following schools in Oregon: a public elementary or secondary school, an education service district school, a state-operated or state-supported school, a federal school, a private elementary or secondary school accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, a private elementary or secondary school registered by the state Department of Education, or a private proprietary career school licensed by the superintendent of public instruction.
(b) Establishment, maintenance, and reporting of a continuing professional development plan in accordance with OAR 584-090.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 342
Stats. Implemented: ORS 342.120-342.143, 342.153, 342.165 & 342.223- 342.232
Hist.: TSPC 4-1999, f. & cert. ef. 8-2-99; TSPC 6-2002, f. & cert. ef. 10-23-02