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Preliminary Teaching License Instructions

Applying to the Oregon TSPC for a Preliminary Teaching License (Post-Bac)

Version 05/19/2020

 

The MAT Degree and Licensure—Your Post-Bac Program

Because you have completed what TSPC calls a “post-bac” licensure program, your MAT degree does not need to be awarded in order for you to apply to TSPC for the Preliminary Teaching License. 

HOWEVER, you MUST follow the instructions in STEP 2, below, to ensure that you select “post-bac” when you apply for your Preliminary Teaching License. If you select “master’s,” your license application will be held up as you correct this mistake with TSPC staff.

STEP 1—Congratulations

Begin the licensing process as soon as you either receive the “Congratulations, you are now eligible to apply for your license…” email from Lewis & Clark licensure staff or you see the Program Completion Report (PCR) from Lewis & Clark in your TSPC eLicensing account under “Documents.”

If you apply for your license before you receive the email or can view the PCR, your license application may be denied by TSPC requiring you to reapply. 

Steps 2-4: AFTER Receiving the “Congratulations” Email
STEP 2—Application to TSPC 

Complete an eLicensing application with TSPC, including paying the required fees. Key points include: 

  • TSPC Dashboard:
    • After logging into your eLicensing account, select “Applications” and, in the upper right-hand corner, select “Submit New Application.”
  • New License/Registration/Certificate: 
    • The category of license you are applying for is “Teacher.”
  • License History Questionnaire:
    • Select the “I have either: Held an Oregon Educational License (or) Completed an Oregon-approved Educator Preparation Program…” box.
  • License History:
    • If you have completed the TSPC clinical practice registration and background check within 3-years of the application, select “Add a License” and fill in the required information selecting “Clinical Practices” in the License Category. (This will help you avoid being re-charged the fingerprinting fee.)
  • License History:
    • If you have held other TSPC-issued licenses, enter those here.
  • Work History:
    • Only add paid employment that required you to hold a TSPC-issued license.
    • Do not enter student teaching or volunteer experiences in school district.
  • Education History: 
    • Add your Lewis & Clark Preliminary Teaching License program by selecting “Post-Bac Program.”
    • The master’s degree is not required in order for you to apply to TSPC for the Preliminary Teaching License.
  • Education History:
    • Add all the degrees you’ve been awarded that are new since you last applied to TSPC. (If you have never applied to TSPC before, you will enter all degrees conferred.)
    • Degrees could include associate’s and bachelor’s degrees as well as any advanced degrees earned.
    • If you apply to TSPC after your MAT has been awarded, you can list that degree here, as well, although the MAT degree is NOT required for the Preliminary Teaching License.
  • License Type:
    • Select “Preliminary Teaching” under “License, Certificate, or Registry Type.”
  • License Type:
    • Select “Add Endorsement” and the endorsement in which you have completed your Preliminary Teaching License program.
  • Pay Application Fees:
    • The application fees should be $182 for the “Evaluation In State” and $10 for “Portal Provider Fee” for a total charge of $192. Follow the instructions in the red box if the fees appear otherwise.
  • Background Check: 
    • As part of the application process to TSPC, TSPC staff will conduct a background check including: A Law Enforcement Data Systems (LEDS) check, a National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Clearinghouse for Educator Discipline check, and, in some circumstances, an internet or social media search.
STEP 3—Official Transcripts
Lewis & Clark Graduate School—Your Post-Bac Preliminary Teaching License Program
  • After receiving the “congratulations, you are now eligible to apply” email from Lewis & Clark, request an official transcript from the Graduate Registrar’s office at Lewis & Clark to be sent to TSPC.
    • Because you have completed what TSPC calls a “post-bac” licensure program, your MAT degree does not need to be awarded in order for you to apply to TSPC for the Preliminary Teaching License. 

      HOWEVER, you MUST follow the instructions in STEP 2, above, to ensure that you select “post-bac” when you apply for your Preliminary Teaching License. If you select “master’s,” your license application will be held up as you correct this mistake with TSPC staff.

Your Undergraduate Degree and Other Advanced Degrees
  • After receiving the “congratulations, you are now eligible to apply” email from Lewis & Clark, request that official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate degrees you’ve been awarded be sent to TSPC.
    • If you completed your undergraduate degree at Lewis & Clark, you will find the instructions for ordering official transcripts here.
    • If you completed a law degree at Lewis & Clark, you will find the instructions for ordering official transcripts here.
Multiple Measures, For Candidates Who Successfully Completed the Multiple Measures Process
  • After receiving the “congratulations, you are now eligible to apply” email from Lewis & Clark, request that official transcripts of any additional course work that was used in the multiple measures evaluation and not already included in the transcripts, above, be sent to TSPC
Instructions for Sending Official Transcripts to TSPC
STEP 4—Official Test Scores and Results

When you registered for your ORELA and NES tests, your scores were automatically sent to TSPC. TSPC evaluators will contact you after you apply if they need additional test results.

(Optional) Adding an ESOL Endorsement

(for candidates admitted to the MAT with ESOL or Track II ESOL endorsement programs)

You can initiate the process of applying to TSPC to add the ESOL endorsement as soon as you have completed all of the required course work, field experience(s), and the test for the endorsement. Instructions to add the ESOL endorsement are available on the K-12 Career and Licensing Services’ Licensing for Teachers website.

HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO APPLY FOR MY PRELIMINARY TEACHING LICENSE?

TSPC’s rules allow candidates 3-years to apply for their license, endorsement, or specialization following completion of a program. If it has been more than 3-years since completion, candidates will need to meet with a Lewis & Clark Graduate School faculty advisor to determine whether additional course work, testing, and/or field experiences are required, including admission into the current program.

WHOM DO I CONTACT WITH QUESTIONS ABOUT MY PROGRAM?

Elementary—Multiple Subjects: Linda Griffin Secondary: Liza Finkel