Testing & Licensure

Understanding the Requirements

TestingTesting, fingerprinting and licensure may not seem like the most exciting part of teaching. And maybe they’re not. However, every state has regulations governing how someone becomes a teacher and what type of evidence is required to demonstrate a future teacher’s knowledge and skills.  It’s all part of your journey towards an opportunity to inspire young lives in the classroom.  And if that requires a fingerprint or two? So be it.

Never stop inspiring young lives.

Fingerprinting: Oregon law requires that applicants who apply to become student teachers or educators must first be fingerprinted. This is done to ensure safety for the children and youth entrusted to teachers and school staff. Fortunately, the State of Oregon is moving to an electronic fingerprint process that is explained in this document.

Testing Requirements: The Oregon Educator Licensure Assessments (ORELA) exams are offered by the Evaluation Systems Group of Pearson. Nearly all tests required in Oregon are ORELA exams. You can obtain information concerning how to take and study for the ORELA exams by visiting the ORELA link at www.orela.nesinc.com.

Before you sign up for an exam, please check here and meet with an advisor in your teacher preparation program to ensure that you are taking an exam that is currently approved in Oregon as the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission has the authority to adopt new tests or requirements. You can also review the current list of tests here.

Licensure: We have simplified what you need to know right now about licensure rules. For most areas of licensure, this chart provides guidance on what steps you will need to take if you A. have a high school degree or, B. you already have earned a college degree.

For those interested in becoming a Career and Technical (CTE) classroom teacher, this chart outlines the pathways towards licensure.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle