Researching Colleges and Majors for Future Teachers

Not all universities offer an educator preparation program leading to teacher licensure in Oregon. The most common program leading to teacher licensure is usually Elementary Education. If you are interested in teaching special education, a particular content area at the secondary level or if you want to teach in an area that is offered K-12 like art, physical education, or music, it pays to determine that the program you want is offered. Attending a College Fair can also help you learn more about:

  • the program delivery models offered (in person, online, or hybrid),
  • the institution’s values and supports for students,
  • the comparative costs for tuition and fees, and
  • special scholarships or tuition remissions/supports offered.

Oregon is always looking for Career and Technical Education licensed teachers in areas like Health Sciences, Manufacturing, Computer Information Science, Construction, or Diesel Mechanics. Teachers of CTE courses may come from a traditional teacher education program and have industry experience. They also may come from industry and need some education coursework. Either way, to teach in an Oregon state approved CTE program, the instructor must have an appropriate CTE license and/or endorsement that is specific to the program career area. Start first by checking out the Guide to CTE Licensure.

Other Good Tips

  1. Connect early with your High School Counselor! Once they know of your interest in teaching, they can point you to additional resources and opportunities.
  2. Take the SAT or ACT. Although some colleges and universities are now test-optional (no longer requiring the SAT or ACT), some colleges still accept tests (test flexible) or use them as a requirement for scholarships or NCAA recruitment. If you have taken and passed any International Baccalaureate tests, provide these test scores with your application may help you waive certain required college classes. Test scores on the SAT or ACT can also help if you are concerned about a low GPA on your HS transcript.

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