Remember your favorite teacher? You may remember several teachers who had a big impact on who you are today. Few people are in a better position to touch the lives of others than teachers. You too can make that kind of difference in people's lives -- and Oregon State University offers programs that include award-winning teachers, principals, superintendents, college faculty and administrators.
Oregon State offers three pathways to a degree and teaching licensure, with unique programs based on experiential learning and content mastery:
Undergraduates in Corvallis can pursue the Education Double Degree, which allows students to receive two degrees (in your preferred discipline of teaching and in Education) while preparing for teaching licensure.
At the Graduate level, students in Corvallis have the opportunity to pursue a master's degree and licensure simultaneously with specialized programs that utilize award-winning instructors from across the University.
OSU-Cascades, in Bend, offers a Master of Arts in Teaching with licensure preparation for a variety of popular endorsements.
Our programs allow you to teach at one of the following authorization levels:
Early Childhood Education (age 3-grade 4)
Elementary Education (grades 3-8)
Middle School (grades 5-10)
High School (grades 7-12) – requires an endorsement in:
Oregon State has opportunities for educators in the community, higher education, the informal learning environment, and in workforce education:
OSU has the nation's second oldest counseling program, with opportunities in school counseling and clinical mental health. For higher education, graduate programs are available in student services administration and community college leadership.
Oregon State is also the first university to have a focus on free-choice learning, to teach audiences outside of the traditional classroom in locations like libraries, museums, and outdoor schools.
For the workforce, adult education provides instructional theory and strategy to meet the unique needs of adult learners.
Whether you're entering the classroom to teach or learn, you'll want to pursue a strong and varied academic program before college to prepare for your education studies. To teach at the high school level, you should take any courses that are available in the area you want to teach. Particularly helpful ways to prepare include:
An education degree opens doors to a wide range of careers involving teaching, advising or administering in school, community and business settings. Typical careers include:
Oregon State's teacher education programs offers students hands-on experience by putting them in appropriate learning environments under the guidance of professional educators. Teacher education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC). Counseling programs are accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
There are many paths to becoming an educator, and Oregon State will help you find yours. We'll work with you to find -- or create -- a program in the area that best matches your interests.
For teachers and other education professionals, having a broad and comprehensive base of knowledge is vital. Students interested in education come from a variety of undergraduate programs. Early childhood and elementary educators often pursue a double degree with the Human Development and Family Sciences program. Secondary school (Middle/High School) educators should pursue degrees that relate to the endorsement area they want to teach. Counselors often have undergraduate degrees from the College of Liberal Arts. Community, collegiate, and workforce educators come from a wide-range of programs, with career path and goals serving as the pathway to these graduate offerings.
You will likely spend your first year focusing on courses from Oregon State's Baccalaureate Core -- the physical and biological sciences, mathematics, writing, fitness, cultural diversity and freshman orientation -- with beginning courses in your area of interest.
As a major research university, Oregon State is full of resources for ambitious or curious students. Many education students are involved in the University Honors College, International Degree, National Student Exchange and Study Abroad programs. And because so much of teaching is hands-on, you'll also have opportunities to work with public school students through various volunteer programs, such as tutoring.
You're signing up to help people, and maybe we can help you. Scholarships are available at the university level, as well as from individual colleges and departments for both new and continuing students. Most scholarships are awarded based on information provided in the Oregon State scholarship application submitted with your application for admission, but others may require special applications. The deadline to apply for university scholarships is Feb. 1. Be sure to check with your college and department on the deadlines for other scholarships you might be eligible for.