Teacher Education

education hallIf you think about it for a minute, you can probably remember several teachers who had an impact on who you are today and who you´re becoming. By becoming a teacher, you can make that kind of difference in people’s lives — and Oregon State University may be the place for you to start.

Oregon State offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate paths to prepare teachers, counselors, community college administrators, student services professionals and other educational leaders. Oregon State will prepare you to teach in at least one of the following levels: early childhood (age 3–grade 4), elementary (grades 3–8), middle (grades 5–10) and high school (grades 7–12).

Graduates of Oregon State education programs include award-winning teachers, principals, superintendents, college faculty and administrators. Few people are in a better position to touch the lives of others than teachers.

teacher education at osuYou will be approved 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)
If you choose to teach at the middle or high school levels, you will need an endorsement in one of these areas:

Advanced Mathematics
Agricultural Science and Technology
Biology Education
Business Education
Chemistry Education
Counseling, Track I
Counseling, Track II
Early Childhood Teacher Education
Elementary Education
Family and Consumer Science
French Language
Health Education
Integrated Science Education
Junior High/Middle School
Language Arts Education
Mathematics, Basic
Music Education
Physical Education
Physical Education, Adapted
Physics Education
Secondary Teacher Education
Social Science Education
Spanish Language
Technology Education



Whether you´re entering the classroom to teach or learn, you should have a plan in hand. If you plan to teach, you´ll want to pursue a strong and varied academic program before college to prepare for your education studies. And if you want 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:
1. Work with children and young people. Get a job in an after-school club, volunteer to coach, read to children in a library, be a counselor for an outdoor school, mentor in a high school, be a tutor or teacher’s aide or find other ways to become involved with people in the age group you want to teach.
2. Learn another language. Study a language so that as a teacher, you can communicate more effectively with students and parents. The most useful second languages in Oregon are Spanish and Russian.
3. Learn about other cultures. Learn as much as possible about other cultures — and more about your own — so you can share this knowledge with your students.
4. Learn about a variety of subjects. Teachers are curious about everything and may be called upon to teach many subjects, including reading, math, languages, science and art, especially in elementary school. Middle and high school teachers usually teach only one or two subjects, but you should start now to learn as much as possible about the subject you want to teach.
5. Talk with your favorite teachers. Find out what they like about their job and whether they have any recommendations that can help you prepare for your career.

teach and kids classroom


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:

  • Preschool teacher in a day care or business setting
  • Elementary, middle or high school teacher
  • School counselor (after additional preparation in counselor education)
  • Leader in an adult education program for a community, agency or business
  • Bilingual education teacher, working with students whose native language isn´t English
  • Community-based educator with 4-H, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, YMCA and other organizations
  • Corporate trainer

All Oregon State teacher education programs include extensive field experience in public schools. In addition, they are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC). Programs What we offer There are many paths to becoming a teacher, and Oregon State will help you find yours. We’ll work with you to find — or create — a teaching-oriented program in the area that best matches your interests.

Oregon State offers teacher preparation programs for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in the public schools, as well as adult education programs for people who want to teach in a workplace setting or a community college. We have strong programs in math and science, agricultural education, music and P.E., and for undergraduates we offer an innovative double degree program. For the options available at Oregon State, see the list on the opposite page. If you want to teach, Oregon State will give you the tools to get started. Prospective teachers learn a lot by actually getting out and teaching.

Oregon State´s teacher education programs give our students this hands-on experience by putting them in public school classrooms to work with pupils under the guidance of professional teachers.

Your First Year

For teachers and other education professionals, having a broad and comprehensive base of knowledge is vital. As an undergraduate, 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.

student and teacher working together

Other programs

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 CollegeInternational 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.

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