Graduate Teacher Licensure
Whether teaching is a goal you’ve always wanted to pursue or a second career you’re ready to dive into, Corban’s Graduate Teacher Licensure (GTL) program can prepare you to teach any age group from early childhood to high school in a public or private school setting. The GTL program is designed for those who have an accredited bachelor’s degree but haven’t completed a course of study in education. Upon completion of the program, you will be eligible for an Initial Oregon Teaching License and on your way to becoming a professional educator.
Teacher Licensure courses are offered in a hybrid of online and evening classes, equipping you for a new career without interrupting your current responsibilities and commitments. The 16-month program includes three semesters of part-time coursework (evenings and online) and one full-time semester of student teaching so you can enter your classroom with confidence.
The GTL program meets the Oregon state requirements for licensure and equips you to enter the classroom with the tools and confidence you need to be an effective teacher-leader. Corban offers authorization levels in Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School and High School, and eight different subject matter endorsements to choose from. By concentrating on the courses required for licensure, the GTL program cuts down the number of credits and ultimately the cost associated with becoming an Oregon teacher. The accelerated format means you take only 28 credits, and up to 12 of those credits can transfer to Corban’s Master of Science in Education.
Classroom Experience from the Start
Corban University is dedicated to equipping teachers to engage their students toward academic success, implement best practices in teaching, and be effective with Common Core standards. Practicums and classroom exposure early in the program allow you to gain practical experience right away, better preparing you for the road ahead. These opportunities help you understand education from the professional’s perspective and reaffirm your desire to teach a certain age level or subject area.
Practical Preparation for Licensure
When you begin a career in teaching, there are many directions you can take. That’s why Corban offers three different tracks for you to choose from for your Oregon teaching license, each covering two consecutive authorization areas: Early Childhood/Elementary (Pre-K-8th grade), Elementary/Middle (3rd-9th grades) or Middle/High (7th-12th grades). The GTL coursework is designed to prepare you for authorization in two areas to give you even more marketable skills and greater flexibility in your career. You’ll be qualified to teach a wider variety of age groups and have a larger pool of potential employers.
Oregon Teacher Licensure Process
Getting your Oregon Teaching License takes just three steps: Education, Experience and Exams. The Graduate Teacher Licensure program is structured to help you meet each of these requirements.
- Education: Before you can apply for licensure, Oregon requires you to have a regionally accredited degree and specific coursework. Corban’s Graduate Teacher Licensure program provides the required coursework you need to apply for your license.
- Experience: You will complete a 40-hour practicum and then at least one full-time 15-week semester of student teaching, during which you will prepare a portfolio of teacher performance evidence to be assessed by educators recruited from across the nation.
- Exams: Before you can start giving tests as a teacher, you need to demonstrate competency in your chosen subject area. The tests required for licensure vary slightly depending on the age level and content you plan to teach.
National Evaluation Series Essential Academic Skills (EAS)
All applicants for Corban’s Teacher Licensure must submit passing EAS scores with their application.
Elementary Education Subtests I and II
Teacher candidates seeking licensure in Early Childhood, Elementary and/or Middle school will be required to take this exam prior to student teaching.
Subject Matter Exams
Also called Content Area Tests, all middle school and high school teacher licensure candidates will take the exam specific to their content area prior to student teaching.
Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Education Environment (Civil Rights Test)
All teacher candidates will take this exam prior to licensure.
Oregon Teacher Licensure Process Note
Corban University does not issue Oregon Teaching Credentials, but prepares students for licensure and makes recommendations on the student’s behalf to TSPC (Teacher Standards and Practices Commission). TSPC is responsible for issuing all teaching credentials.