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First Time License

The Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission offers a variety of licenses designed to honor preparation level and background of diverse educators, as well as provide for the workforce needs of Oregon’s school districts. Below are documents that provide a high-level overview of the available licenses. Please Read each purpose statement within these documents carefully to determine which license best suits your background and preparation.

Use these documents if:

  • You are new to teacher licensure in Oregon, or
  • You currently hold an Oregon license and are applying for a new license type, or
  • These documents are also helpful if you currently hold an Oregon license and are applying to upgrade your license. More detailed info on upgrading your license is found on the Upgrading to Professional Page, located at the menu on the left.


Special note for out-of-state applicants: For information about your first Oregon Teaching License based on completion of a teacher preparation program that operates outside of Oregon, please refer to the info in the PDF below. Please review this document before contacting our office with questions.


Oregon School Administrator License: First License Requirements

For those holding a Reciprocal Administrator License: Information regarding the Oregon School Law and Finance requirement to move to the Principal or Professional Administrator License

To move from the Reciprocal Administrator License to your first Principal or Professional Administrator License, you need to complete the Oregon School Law and Finance requirement. The following document includes the available course offerings to meet this requirement.

Oregon School Law and Finance Offerings


Oregon School Personnel License: First License Requirements