Testing Information - Become a Teacher in Oregon

Testing Information - Become a Teacher in Oregon

Testing Information

There are several exams teacher candidates must successfully complete before being granted a Preliminary Teaching License by the state of Oregon.


Oregon has two types of tests that future Oregon teachers must pass:
  • The Civil Rights Exam (for licenses, registrations and certificates)
  • Subject Matter Exams (to qualify for most endorsements), qualifying you to teach in your area of specialization.

    See Oregon’s Teacher Standards and Practices Commission for a listing of all possible endorsements and corresponding schools that offer preparation for these.

    Two testing companies administer Oregon educator tests – National Evaluation Services and Educational Testing Service. Before taking any tests, ensure you are taking the appropriate test for your subject area by checking with Teacher Standards and Practices Commission guidelines.

Test preparation

Protecting student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment

You may review preparation materials and register for the exam on the ORELA (Oregon Educator Licensure Assessments) website.

Subject Assessment/Specialty Area Exams

You will need to pass an in-depth exam in the specialty area you wish to teach if you plan to teach at the middle or high school level. Most college graduates who majored in the specialty area they plan to teach are prepared to pass a subject assessment exam (with some review). Preparation and practice tests may be reviewed online.

Advice: Contact your teacher licensure program admissions counselor to confirm you are taking the correct exam(s).

OregonTeachingDegree.com is intended to provide information on becoming a teacher in Oregon and the state's NCATE-accredited teacher education programs.
For additional information on the process of becoming a teacher in Oregon, visit the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission website.
Teacher Standards and Practices Commission is Oregon's licensing agency for all educators.