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    The Teacher Standards and Practices Commission has adopted a new design for Oregon Teaching Licenses.  The goal of the redesign is to provide teachers, school districts and the public with a streamlined, simplified and more flexible licensing structure that helps support the important work that educators and schools provide Oregon’s children.
    Some highlights from Oregon’s new Teaching License system:
    ·         All teachers will be licensed under the same teaching license structure:
    o   Preliminary Teaching License (for new and novice teachers);
    o   Professional Teaching License  (for teachers with advanced competencies and experience);
    o   Teacher Leader License  (for teachers with demonstrated professional leadership);
    o   Legacy Teaching License (for veteran teachers who do not qualify for new Professional Teaching License);
    o   Reciprocal Teaching License (for licensed out-of-state teachers while they are working on meeting Oregon requirements);
    o   Basic, Standard, Initial I, Initial II, Continuing, Five Year teaching licenses will be moved to new licenses. 
    ·         All teaching licenses will have prekindergarten through grade 12 authorization [Authorization levels (ECE/ELE/ML/HS) are abolished].
    ·         Educators may renew the Preliminary Teaching License with 75 continuing or 75 advanced professional development units and may stay on the Preliminary Teaching License until they meet the qualifications of the Professional Teaching License. 
    ·         Educators will have more options for advanced programs to move from the Preliminary Teaching License to the Professional Teaching License.
    ·         All teaching licenses will be awarded endorsements from the same list of Commission-adopted endorsements to reduce confusion in the field.
    ·         Substitutes and Restricted Substitutes will have more flexibility in assignments and educators with only substitute licenses are no longer required to do professional development;
    ·         Teaching licenses will no longer require passage of a basic skills test;
    ·         All new rules will become effective January 1, 2016. (Some of these changes were adopted as temporary rules and are currently in effect. The temporary rules will become permanent provisions on January 1, 2016.)
    For detailed information and actual rule text, please see the relevant November 2015 News Releases available here: http://tspc.oregon.gov/support/news_page.asp
For Specific Audiences General Information
Status of Applications:
We are currently processing applications received on 07/22/15 If you filed a complete application before this date, please email us at contact.tspc@oregon.gov 
Once your application has been processed you will receive an EMAIL notification.  Licenses are no longer printed and mailed. 

Status of Email Responses:

We are currently answering most emails within 2 business days of receipt, depending on staff availability and the complexity of the question.


Upcoming holidays and closures
TSPC will be closed on the following dates:
 Veterans Day - Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015
 Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015
 Friday, Nov. 27, 2015
 Christmas Day - Friday, Dec. 25, 2015 


Office Hours and Contacting Us 

  • Visiting hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Phone hours:  Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


  • If you have questions, you may:

Office Location:

250 Division St NE

Salem, Oregon 97301