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  News Release
The following is a news release from the Oregon Teacher Standards and Commission. If there are more details that we can provide for you, please feel free to contact us (see Contact Us).
  Update on the Initial/Continuing Teaching License
  Released: Tuesday, August 3, 2004 at 5:00 PM
During the July 27-28 TSPC meeting, the Commission approved a proposal for modifications to the Initial Teaching License and the Continuing Teaching License.

The administrative hearings to adopt these changes will be held during the October 7, 2004 commission meeting.

A narrative comparing the licensure system prior to the proposed changes accompanies this email. These changes cannot go into effect until the commission adopts the proposed administrative rules in October.

In summary, the Commission retained the Continuing Teaching License exactly as it has been designed. Whether a teacher acquires a CTL will now be optional and will be elevated to the status of the National Boards for Professional Teaching Standards. TSPC will be pursuing full reciprocity with Washington's Professional Certificate for those achieving the CTL.

Additionally, in order to permanently renew the Initial Teaching License, a teacher must achieve a master's degree or lieu of a master's degree, designated coursework to equal at least 30 semester or 45 quarter graduate-level credit hours. If a teacher received the Initial Teaching License in a post-baccalaureate program, then the teacher must complete 6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours of graduate credit. This work must be completed by the end of the second renewal of the Initial Teaching License, or at the end of 10 years. (See the proposed rules for additional details.)

The Initial Teaching License will be moved from a 3 year license to a 5 year license. Administrative rules dealing with the transition for those holding an existing Initial Teaching License will be adopted soon.

Between now and October, the commission will be working out the details for the transition to the proposed changes.

Vickie Chamberlain

Executive Director


  Archived: November 1, 2004  [VC:181-1] 
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