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OUT-OF-STATE APPLICANTS

 
Q.  I’m licensed to teach in another state.  How do I get an Oregon teaching license?
 
A.  You must qualify for an Oregon Reciprocal Teaching License to teach in Oregon public schools.  An Oregon Reciprocal Teaching License allows you to teach in Oregon for one year while you work on qualifying for an Oregon Preliminary or Professional Teaching License.
 
Q.  How do I qualify for a Reciprocal Teaching License?
 
A. To meet the minimum qualifications to apply for the Reciprocal Teaching License, you must:
  •  Hold a valid and active non-provisional teaching license from another state;
  •  Have never held an Oregon educator license, charter school registration or completed an Oregon educator preparation program;
  •  Hold a bachelor’s degree or higher (regionally accredited or foreign equivalent);
  •  Have completed an approved out-of-state teacher preparation program (official verification of completion is required);
  •  Pass a criminal background clearance, including fingerprints, if necessary.

 

Q.  What if I have an expired out-of-state teaching license?
 
A.      If you have an expired out-of-state license, you must reinstate the out-of-state teaching license in the licensing state prior to applying for an Oregon teaching license.
 
  
Q.  What if I just completed my teacher preparation program in another state?
 
A.      If you have completed a teacher preparation program in another state, you must first obtain an active and valid out-of-state teaching   license prior to applying for an Oregon teaching license.
 
See more detailed requirements for the Reciprocal Teaching License at the end of the webpage.
 
 
Q.  How do I apply for a Reciprocal Teaching License?
 
A.  You must apply for the Reciprocal Teaching License through the TSPC eLicensing system.
 
   
 
Tips for Applying for a Reciprocal Teaching License in
elicensing system
 
License category
 
Select |Teacher|
 
License History Questionnaire
 
Check the Box:  I have previously held a license valid for full-time educational work in another state.
 
License History
 
Select |Add a License|  
 
Add all of your out-of-state educator licenses, registrations or certificates.
 
For "Type" box:  Enter the type of license that you held in another state.  For example, "substitute" "superintendent" or "provisional teaching"
 
Work History
 
Please add your education-related work history. 
 
If you have not held an educator position, you may skip this section.
 
Education History
 
Please add your education history, including any associate degrees and alternative route completion.
 
Application Type
 
Select |New License/Registry/Certificate|
 
License Type
 
Select |Reciprocal Teaching|
 
Endorsement
 
Select | + Add Endorsement| 
 
Select Authorization Level | PreK-12 | 
(All Oregon teaching licenses have preK-12 authorization.)
 
Select endorsement(s) closest to the endorsement(s) you currently have on your active and valid out-of-state license. 
 
You must request at least one endorsement. 
 
Character Questions
 
Please respond to all questions
 
(If you answer “yes” to one of the questions, please provide a brief explanation. If needed, TSPC will contact you for additional information.)
 
Payment
 
Your payment will be $257
  • $57 (fingerprinting)
  • $190 (out-of-state evaluation)
  • $10 (portal provider fee)
You must pay by debit or credit card.
 
Receipt
 
You will receive a receipt for your payment via email. 
 
Please keep this receipt as proof of your application.
 
 
Q.  What do I need to do after I apply in elicensing?
 
A.  You must provide the following supporting documents:
 
 
 
 
 

 

​Supporting Documents

 

How to Submit​

 
Fingerprints
 
 
 
A copy of an active and valid non-provisional teaching license from another state.
 
 
Verification of bachelor’s degree or higher
 
 
 
Verification of completion of a teacher preparation program.
 
 
Testing
It is optional to provide out-of-state exam results.  It is, however, highly recommended to submit any passing scores that were required for your out-of-state license.  TSPC may be able to use these exams to satisfy Oregon requirements.
 
Q.     What happens after I apply in elicensing, get my fingerprints done, and submit my supporting documents?
 
         A.     TSPC will evaluate your application and supporting documentation and send an email notice indicating either that:
• Additional documents must be submitted to finalize your application; or
• Your Reciprocal Teaching License has been issued.
 

 

 

 

 

More information on the Reciprocal Teaching License    

  

 
RECIPROCAL TEACHING LICENSE
 
Type of License:  The Reciprocal Teaching License is issued to teachers who have completed an educator preparation program and hold an active and valid non-provisional teaching license from another state or country. The purpose of the Reciprocal Teaching License is to allow an out-of-state licensed teacher to transition into the Oregon licensure system based on the credentials they earned in the other jurisdiction while they work on any missing Oregon requirements. At the end of the one-year Reciprocal term, the teacher must meet the requirements of the Oregon Preliminary Teaching License or another non-provisional Oregon license. The Reciprocal Teaching License is valid for full-time teaching and substitute teaching.  A separate Substitute Teaching License is NOT required.
Term of License:  One Year
To meet the minimum qualifications to apply for the Reciprocal Teaching License, you must:
  • Hold a valid and active non-provisional teaching license from another state;
  • Have never held an Oregon educator license, charter school registration or completed an Oregon educator preparation program;
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher (regionally accredited or foreign equivalent);
  • Have completed an approved out-of-state teacher preparation program (official verification of completion is required);
  • Pass a criminal background clearance, including fingerprints.
 
The Reciprocal Teaching License expires one year from the date of issue and cannot be renewed. 
 
Next License Requirements:
 
Prior to the expiration of the one-year Reciprocal Teaching License, you must apply for and meet the requirements for a Preliminary or Professional Teaching License, including:
  • Qualifying for an Oregon endorsement by receiving a passing score an Oregon-approved subject matter tests unless you qualify for reciprocity or waiver of subject matter tests as provided in OAR 584-220-0015; and
 
Note: If an initial license is issued following a state-approved teacher preparation program and is valid for full-time teaching assignments, it is considered a non-provisional license for the purposes of the Reciprocal Teaching License even if the state has additional requirements before the certificate is “cleared.” For example, a valid and active California’s Preliminary Certificate is acceptable even if it has not been “cleared.” We can also accept a “Certificate of Eligibility” if it signifies that the state has evaluated your teacher preparation and certified that you are eligible to receive a full first state license once you are employed.