Testing information 

TSPC does not administer any tests directly; instead, we contract with two testing companies to provide Oregon educator tests. 
 

Tests Required in Oregon  

Oregon has two types of tests that potential Oregon educators must pass:   
1.  Civil Rights Exam (for licenses, registrations, and certificates);  
2.  Subject Mastery Exams (to qualify for most endorsements).  
Before taking any test, please make sure you are taking the appropriate test for your subject area with the correct testing company. To do so, check the endorsement area lists provided below or go directly to the ORELA and Praxis websites. 
  • Out-of-state applicants with an educator license from another state:
    • Out-of-state applicants with an educator license from another state must apply for a reciprocal license. These applicants may receive either a one-year reciprocal license or they might qualify to receive a preliminary license. This determination is made by TSPC evaluations staff. 

Note: Applicants who apply for a reciprocal license and are granted a preliminary license must complete the Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment (Oregon civil rights) exam in order to receive the preliminary license. Therefore, all reciprocal license applicants are encouraged to take the exam in order to be prepared if the preliminary license is issued. 

  • All others: Except for reciprocal license applicants, as noted above,* educators must submit an official passing score on the approved civil rights exam before receiving a first license in Oregon. 

        * Reciprocal licenses are transitional licenses for people moving to Oregon from out-of-state.
Subject Matter Exams: 
  • Applicants need to pass the exam(s) specific to the desired license and endorsements. 
  • Subject areas without approved exams: Areas that do not have exams related to the subject area have other requirements, as follows:
    • Drama:
      • To add to an existing license: OAR 584-210-0060;
      • For candidates applying for their first license: Check with your educator preparation program director for endorsement requirements.
    • World Language: Japanese
      • To add to an existing license: OAR 584-210-0215;
      • For candidates applying for their first license: Check with your educator preparation program director for endorsement requirements.
    • World Language: Latin
      • To add to an existing license: OAR 584-210-0220;
      • For candidates applying for their first license: Check with your educator preparation program director for endorsement requirements.
    • World Language: Russian
      • To add to an existing license: OAR 584-210-0225;
      • For candidates applying for their first license: Check with your educator preparation program director for endorsement requirements.
  • Out-of-state applicants: Out-of-state applicants who have passed Pearson/NES or Praxis/ETS subject matter tests for endorsement areas may be able to use those test results for Oregon endorsements, pending evaluation by TSPC staff. For consideration, submit an official copy of the test results, showing the passing score(s), to TSPC for evaluation.
Adding endorsements:
  • Pre-service candidates (candidates who have not completed a teacher preparation program):
    • The rules for adding endorsements to existing licenses do not apply to pre-service candidates, and, therefore, may only be used for licensed Oregon educators (see below).
    • Pre-service teacher candidates must complete a Commission-approved Preliminary Teaching License program in one or more endorsement areas.
    • Educator Preparation Providers (EPPs) may only recommend candidates who have successfully completed their Commission-approved programs for added endorsements.

Tip: An educator candidate is not able to add an endorsement because there is no license to which it can be added.

ORELA testing information 

 
Oregon Educator Licensure Assessments (ORELA): 
  • ORELA exams are offered by the Evaluation Systems Group of Pearson.
  • Most of the tests required in Oregon are ORELA exams (see the list below). 
  • See the ORELA website for information on how to study for and take the ORELA exams.
  • Note: Alternative arrangements may be available for examinees with documented physical, learning, or cognitive disabilities, or for non-native English speakers. Additional information
ORELA (Pearson/NES) provides exams for these endorsement areas: 
             Key: Oregon subject matter endorsement title ORELA exam name  
  • Advanced Mathematics Mathematics
  • Art Art
  • Biology Biology
  • Business: Generalist Business Education
  • Chemistry Chemistry
  • Early Childhood Education Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary (Multiple Subjects)  Elementary Education Subtests I and II​
  • English Language Arts English Language Arts
  • English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Foundational English Language Arts Middle Grades English Language Arts
  • Foundational Mathematics  Middle Grades Mathematics
  • Foundational Science  Middle Grades General Science
  • Foundational Social Studies Middle Grades Social Science
  • Health Health
  • Integrated Science General Science
  • Library Media School Library Media Specialist
  • Music Music
  • Physical Education Physical Education
  • Physics Physics
  • Social Studies Social Science
  • Special Education: Generalist  Special Education
  • World Language: Chinese Chinese (Mandarin)
  • World Language: French French
  • World Language: German  German
  • World Language: Spanish Spanish

Praxis testing information

  

Praxis: 

  • The Praxis exams are offered by Educational Testing Service (ETS).
  • TSPC will not accept a Praxis test in lieu of an ORELA test if it was taken and passed after September 1, 2009.
  • A limited number of Oregon licensure exams are offered by Praxis.
  • Information concerning how to take and study for the Praxis exams can be found on the Praxis website.
Praxis/ETS provides exams for the following endorsement areas:
             Key: Oregon subject matter endorsement title  Praxis/ETS exam name 
  • Agricultural Science Agriculture
  • Business: Marketing  Marketing
  • Career Trades: Generalist  Technology Education
  • Reading Intervention Reading Specialist
  • Special Education: Communication Disorders  Communications Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology)
  • Special Education: Deaf and Hard of Hearing  Hearing Impaired
  • Special Education: Early Intervention Early Intervention/Early Childhood
  • Special Education: Visually Impaired Vision Impaired
  • Speech (Forensics)  Speech Communication  
 
 
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