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K-12 Career and Licensing Services

Oregon TSPC Licensing Timelines Summer 2019

This webpage will be updated as additional information becomes available.
Version 07/15/19

When Can I Apply for My License or Added Endorsement to TSPC?

You can apply to TSPC for your preliminary license as soon as you receive the “congratulations, you are now eligible to apply” email from Lewis & Clark licensing staff or an email from the same indicating that you are eligible to apply to add your endorsement or the Professional Administrator License.

After July 10th, you can view the Program Completion Report (PCR) that Lewis & Clark submitted to TSPC recommending you for your license or added endorsement by logging into your TSPC eLicensing account and, in the TSPC Dashboard, clicking the “Documents” tab.

What are My Next Steps?

Watch your email for the “congratulations” or other notice indicating that you are eligible to apply to TSPC for your license or added endorsement. You will find licensing instructions on the K-12 Career and Licensing Services’ Licensing Services website. Apply to TSPC as soon as possible to ensure your spot in their licensing queue.

When Will I Receive My New Oregon TSPC License?

New licenses are currently issued approximately 12-weeks after application. 

TSPC issues licenses in the order in which completed applications are received. All applications go through a 4-to-8-week enhanced background check process and then move on for final review and issuance of the license.

You can log into your TSPC eLicensing account to check on the status of your license.

If You’ve Been Employed by an Oregon School District or ESD and Have Not Yet Received Your New Oregon TSPC License

Stay in touch with your employing school district’s human resource staff. They have been assigned a contact person at TSPC and can work with them on details regarding your application. TSPC is advising Oregon school districts that, based on the following law, for up to 90-days, they can hire and place in teaching positions candidates who have submitted applications to TSPC but have not yet received their teaching licenses: 

342.125 Types of licenses; charter school teacher and administrator registry; rules. 

(1)(a) Teaching licenses shall be issued and renewed by the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission by the authority of the State of Oregon, subject to ORS 342.120 to 342.430 and the rules of the commission.

(b) Notwithstanding any requirements prescribed for issuance of a teaching license, a person whose application for a teaching license is pending may teach in the public schools of this state for 90 calendar days after the date of submission of the application if:

(A) The person is not ineligible for a teaching license following background checks conducted by the commission, including a criminal records check as provided in ORS 181A.195 and a background check through an interstate clearinghouse of revoked and suspended licenses;

(B) The school district has completed the review of the employment history of the person as required by ORS 339.374; and

(C) The person and the school district have complied with any other requirements established by the commission by rule.

If needed by your Oregon employer, once you have received the “congratulations, you are now eligible to apply” email from Lewis & Clark, you may print out and email or send to your employing school district a copy of the TSPC Program Completion Report (PCR) as evidence that Lewis & Clark has recommended you to TSPC for the license or added endorsement.

  • You can view the PCR by logging into your TSPC eLicensing account and, in the TSPC Dashboard, clicking the “Documents” tab.
  • You can also print and send your school district a copy of your TSPC Dashboard as evidence that you have applied for the license or added endorsement.

If You’ve Been Employed Out-of-State and Have Not Yet Received Your New Oregon TSPC License

If you have been employed by an out-of-state school district or ESD and have completed all licensure or added endorsement program requirements, you can fill out the applicant section of that state’s institutional verification of program completion form and scan/email it to Sharon Chinn to be completed. Links to out-of-state certification offices can be found here.

If your new state says that you must hold your Oregon license in order to apply for the out-of-state license or certificate, out-of-state licensure and certification offices can contact TSPC directly to verify the delays in TSPC’s eLicensing system.

If needed by the out-of-state licensure or certification office, once you have received the “congratulations, you are now eligible to apply” email from Lewis & Clark, you may print out and email or send to your employing school district a copy of the TSPC Program Completion Report (PCR) as evidence that Lewis & Clark has recommended you to TSPC for the license or added endorsement.

  • You can view the PCR by logging into your TSPC eLicensing account and, in the TSPC Dashboard, clicking the “Documents” tab.
  • You can also print and send your school district a copy of your TSPC Dashboard as evidence that you have applied for the license or added endorsement.

Questions?

Contact Sharon Chinn, Director, K-12 Career and Licensing Services.