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Mission, Vision and Values

In 2022, the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission embarked on a strategic planning effort that has led to an updated Mission, Vision, Values and Strategic Priorities for TSPC. Our updated direction is based on input from a wide range of stakeholders—including Commissioners, agency staff and leaders, partner agencies, education professionals, education preparation providers and others. We are looking forward to this new chapter for our agency. 


To ensure Oregon schools have access to well trained, effective and accountable education professionals so all students have the opportunity to reach their full potential.


Enhance our ability to deliver our core services, while expanding our contributions to the development of a diverse educator community that meets the evolving needs of Oregon's schools, students and education professionals.

To achieve this we will:
  • Provide timely, effective and enhanced services for licensees, higher education, and the public.
  • Advocate for our Mission and the importance of valuing educators in their role as providers of high quality education for Oregon students.
  • Regularly review and refine professional standards and licensing criteria to promote educator diversity and optimize outcomes for Oregon's student population and educational environment.
  • Support innovation in educator development that enable high levels of capability and support individuals’ achievement of their professional goals.
  • Ensure education professionals are continually informed and aware of the expectations, standards and accountability of ethical practices.
  • Work collaboratively and offer leadership across our organization and with partners to build an outstanding and responsive educational system.


The following principles guide and inform fulfillment of our Mission, Vision and daily responsibilities:

  • Equity, diversity and inclusion for every group and individual
  • Academic excellence at all levels
  • Respect for all people
  • Equal access to education and educational opportunities
  • Professional ethics and integrity
  • Listening closely to all voices to understand their needs
  • Advocating for education professionals and K-12 students
  • Promoting safety and welfare of the education community
  • Continual growth and development of ourselves and those we serve
  • comprehensive approach to education that encompasses the social, emotional, academic, physical, and ethical needs of all students and their communities


The Teacher Standards and Practices Commission was established in 1965 to maintain and improve performance in the education profession by approving teacher preparation programs offered by Oregon colleges and universities; by licensing teachers, administrators and other personnel employed in Oregon schools; and by taking disciplinary actions when educators commit crimes or violate Standards for Competent and Ethical Performance.