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Educator Programs Office                                                                                  
Keith Menk, Deputy Director / Director of Teacher Education Programs​

​Welcome to the TSPC Educator Programs Office page. 
Take a moment to review our Program Approval Process, check Programs News Feed and Updates, or any other information you will find answers too via the column to your right.

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Contact Keith Menk​

Program News and Updates                                                                               

The Commission recently has made changes to the licensure requirement for the basic skills test:
Monday, April 1st, 2013 
  1. No basic skills tests may be waived by coursework under any circumstance. The commission will accept coursework in lieu of the basic skills testing requirement for all complete applications for new licensure submitted prior to July 1, 2013
  2. The basic skills test is an admission requirement for educator preparation licensure programs.  A person must take and successfully pass the basic skills test to be admitted into the educator preparation program.
  3. Institutions can recommend candidates for licensure (program completers) with a mix and match of basic skills subtests from different vendors (CBEST, Praxis I subtests) if the students were admitted to the program prior to September 1, 2012.  If candidates were admitted after September 1, 2012, the candidates are not allowed to mix and match subtests from different vendors.
  4. If a person has a Master’s degree the basic skills test can be waived.  The candidate must have the graduate degree prior to being admitted to the program.

 

 

The Commission Approved the following actions during the recent commission meetings:
Monday, March 19, 2012
 
  • NES: English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
    - Effective September 4, 2012, the NES ESOL will be accepted in Oregon as the official test of this content area, replacing the ORELA ESOL Examination. Registration and test information for the NES ESOL will be available through the ORELA Web site starting June 18, 2012. The TSPC will convene an Oregon committee to meet and recommend an Oregon passing score for the NES ESOL.
  • NES Essential Academic Skills (EAS): Reading, Writing, Mathematics
    - Beginning June 21, 2011, the National Evaluation Series (NES) Essential Academic Skills (Reading, Writing, and Mathematics subtests) is the preferred basic skills test. Passing scores from the CBEST, WEST-B, or Praxis I will still be accepted. CBEST computer-based testing continues to be offered in Oregon, however paper-based administrations of the test have been discontinued.
  • NES General Science
    - Effective September 1, 2011, the NES General Science is accepted in Oregon as the official test of this content area, replacing the Praxis Integrated Science exam. The Commission adopted a passing score of 220 for the NES General Science.
  • NES Elementary Education
    - Effective September 4, 2012, the NES Elementary Education (Subtests I and II) will be accepted in Oregon as the official test of this content area, replacing the ORELA Multiple Subjects Examination (MSE). Registration and test information for the NES Elementary Education will be available through the ORELA Web site starting June 18, 2012. The TSPC will convene an Oregon committee to meet and recommend Oregon passing scores for the NES Elementary Education.
  • The last paper administration of the MSE will be on June 9, 2012. The MSE will be accepted by the Commission for the purposes of licensure until September 1, 2014. Applicants applying for licensure on or after September 1, 2014, will need to have successfully passed the NES Elementary Education.
  • ORELA Administrator Examination and Other School Personnel Licenses
    Effective September 6, 2012, the ORELA Administrator Examination will be offered as a computer-based test. The commission adopted a resolution that this examination is no longer required for licensure in Oregon.
  • The Commission also adopted a resolution making all examinations for Other School Personnel licenses (School Counseling, School Psychologist, School Social Worker, Continuing Administrator) optional and not required for licensure. Oregon programs may still require the examinations as part of their assessment and data collection on candidate competency.