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TSPC Clinical Practice Registration and Civil Rights Test:

Requirements for All Education Program Candidates

Updated 08/16/2019

Below, you will find the clinical practice registration and civil rights test requirements to be completed prior to your first contact with PK-12 students. You must hold either current passing background clearance or a current Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC)-issued license throughout the duration of your field experience(s).

Candidates who have completed out-of-state or Oregon Department of Education (ODE) fingerprints and background checks are still required by Oregon law to complete Oregon TSPC-specific clearance.

*I HOLD A CURRENT OREGON TSPC-ISSUED LICENSE

Deadline: Department staff will complete TSPC license verification prior to your first contact with PK-12 students.

Department staff will use TSPC’s Public Educator Search feature to verify your license. Holding a current TSPC-issued license meets the clinical practice registration, background check, and fingerprint requirement AND the ORELA: Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment test requirement.

*How long are my fingerprints valid? Individuals with a valid Oregon license: Fingerprints are valid from the fingerprint clearance date onward as long as a valid license is maintained. If the licensee allows the license to lapse, the fingerprints remain valid for three years from the date the license expired. (From TSPC’s Fingerprinting website

*I HOLD AN EXPIRED OREGON TSPC-ISSUED LICENSE or
*I HOLD AN OREGON TSPC-ISSUED LICENSE THAT WILL EXPIRE DURING MY PROGRAM

Deadline: Department staff will complete TSPC license verification prior to your first contact with PK-12 students.

Department staff will use TSPC’s Public Educator Search feature to verify your license, even if expired. Holding a TSPC-issued license that has expired within the past three years meets the clinical practice registration, background check, and fingerprint requirement. (If it has been more than three years since your license expired, you will need to submit new fingerprints.)

Having ever been issued a TSPC license, even if expired, meets the ORELA: Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment test requirement.

*How long are my fingerprints valid? Individuals with a valid Oregon license: Fingerprints are valid from the fingerprint clearance date onward as long as a valid license is maintained. If the licensee allows the license to lapse, the fingerprints remain valid for three years from the date the license expired. (From TSPC’s Fingerprinting website

I DO NOT HOLD AN OREGON TSPC-ISSUED LICENSE

Deadline: You must complete THE TWO TASKS, below, prior to your first contact with PK-12 students. The required action item, #3, is critical to this process.

TASK ONE: Clinical Practice Registration, Background Check, and Fingerprints
  1. Go to TSPC’s Fingerprinting website and follow the instructions for “Clinical Practices” registration and fingerprinting.
    1. Do not use Internet Explorer as your web browser; instead, use the most recent version of a modern web browser (e.g. Chrome, Firefox, Safari, et cetera).
    2. When you create your TSPC eLicensing account, enter your name exactly as you want it to appear on your future license.
    3. From the TSPC eLicensing Dashboard, select “Applications” and “Submit New Application” (upper right-hand corner). Select “Clinical Practices” for “What category of license would you like to apply for?.”
    4. Background Check: In addition to fingerprinting and the Oregon State Police and FBI records checks, as part of the background check process with TSPC, TSPC staff will search the following for each candidate: 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.
  2. TSPC’s eLicensing system will send you an automatic e-mail with fingerprinting and background clearance instructions. Complete the fingerprinting and background clearance process, including paying the required fee(s).
  3. REQUIRED ACTION ITEM: To verify that you have successfully completed the background clearance check, you will receive a background clearance email from TSPC. RETAIN THIS EMAIL FOR YOUR RECORDS as it cannot be resent by TSPC. If you have lost this email, you will need to contact TSPC staff and will likely need to pay to go through the fingerprint and background clearance process again.
    1. Forward a copy of the background clearance email to the appropriate departmental staff to be entered into your Taskstream or other official student record:
      1. Teacher Education: Shanta Calem scalem@lclark.edu;
      2. Educational Leadership: Frances Lessman flessman@lclark.edu;
      3. School Counseling: Frances Lessman schcoun@lclark.edu;
      4. School Psychology: Ayshia Moua and Bernette Jenkins-Pleas cpsy@lclark.edu.
  4. TSPC fingerprints are valid for three years from the fingerprint clearance date. (From TSPC’s Fingerprinting website

If you select “yes” on any of TSPC’s character questions, notify the your department chair, your faculty program director, and Lewis & Clark’s K-12 Career & Licensing Services office AND provide them with a copy of the letter from the Oregon TSPC clearing you for future licensing.

  • If you experience difficulty with TSPC’s eLicensing system, send an e-mail to: online.tspc@oregon.gov . In the subject line, include a description of the problem you are encountering along with your TSPC ID.
  • Record your TSPC eLicensing username and password as you will be required to use those for the duration of your professional career in Oregon. (TSPC staff are unable to access usernames and passwords.)
TASK TWO: ORELA: Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment Test
  1. Register for the ORELA: Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment test and select Lewis & Clark as a score recipient.
  2. Take the ORELA civil rights test.
  3. Save the official score report that is e-mailed to you (you will need this for future license applications).
  4. Check the Test Summary tab on WebAdvisor to make sure that Lewis & Clark has received your official test score. (If the score does not show on WebAdvisor within two-weeks of you receiving your official score report, forward the score report e-mail from Pearson NES to the Graduate Admissions office to be added to your WebAdvisor account gseadmit@lclark.edu.)