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Teaching License Redesign

This webpage is for overview purposes only. 

Please consult Chapter 584, Oregon Administrative Rules,

for specific rules and regulations on teaching licensure.


Overview of Redesign of Teaching License


Purpose of redesign

    • All teachers licensed under one system
    • More advancement options for teachers
    • More flexibility for districts
    • Streamlining endorsements
    • Supporting instructional excellence for all students

Notes on redesign of teaching licenses

    • Process began in October 2012.
    • Teachers, districts, programs and other stakeholders helped design new system.
    • Basic/Standard and Initial/Continuing licensure systems are combined into new Preliminary/Professional structure. 
    • All licenses have a preK-12 authorization.

New Teaching Licenses

Preliminary Teaching license

    • Issued to new and novice teachers
    • May renew until qualifies for Professional Teaching License
    • 3 year license

Professional Teaching license 

    • Issued to teachers with advanced competencies and experience
    • Requires 4 years full time experience; and
    • Requires completion of advanced professional development or educational program
    • 5 year license 

Teacher Leader license 

    • This license is optional
    • Issued to teachers with professional leadership activities
    • Must first qualify for professional or equivalent license
    • Requires at least 5 years recent teaching experience
    • 5 year license

Legacy Teaching license

    • Issued to teachers who held an Oregon Basic teaching license prior to 1999 
    • Has not met the experience requirement for the Professional Teaching License
    • 3 year license

Reciprocal Teaching license

    • Issued to out-of-state teachers moving to Oregon
    • Must have completed teacher prep program outside of Oregon
    • Must have an active and valid out-of-state teaching license
    • This is a transitional license issued while working to complete Oregon requirements
    • One year license

Conversion Tables


Authorization Levels  

  • PreK - 12 authorization - all teaching licenses 
  • Grade-specific levels (ECE/ELE/ML/HS) are abolished.
  • Educators may teach their endorsed subjects in all school levels as indicated in the TSPC Course to Endorsement Catalogue.


Endorsements and Specializations

  • Redesigned licenses will now have one set of endorsements and specializations. All prior endorsement types will convert to new ones
  • The Multiple Subjects-Middle Level endorsement was eliminated on 7/1/2015. As teachers holding this endorsement renew, TSPC staff will evaluate the applicant and grant endorsements based on the transition rule approved by the Commission. Until renewal, these teachers may continue in their current assignment.
  • Please use the current TSPC Course to Endorsement Catalogue for assignments.

Conversion Tables

Professional Development Requirements

  • 75 continuing PDUs if currently hold 3 year license (Preliminary and Legacy)
  • 125 continuing PDUs if currently hold 5 year license (Professional and Teacher Leader)
  • See Renewal Information and Instructions for more information


Administrator License Redesign

Administrator Licensure Redesign was completed in February of 2019. Please see information available at the Administrator License Redesign webpage for further information.


Personnel Service License Redesign 

 Personnel service license redesign is in the process of being developed as of May 2020.

Personnel Service Licenses 

  • School Counselor, School Psychologist, School Social Worker and Limited Student Services licenses
  • Redesign planned for 2020

Conversion Tables