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Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics or General)

Are science & teaching in your DNA? Would you like to share your love of science with the next generation?  UOTeach alumni aim to transform students’ ability to engage in critical and science-based practices locally, regionally, tribally, nationally, and globally.

Program Features: UOTeach's
  • Science instructional methods courses with teacher experts.
  • 34-weeks of field-based public school practicum with outstanding science faculty and mentor teachers.
  • An integrated and equitable approach to serving the diverse learning needs of students from different socio-cultural communities.
  • 5-term post-bac program leading to a master's in education MA
  • Built in support for adding an additional endorsement (of your choice) at no extra cost.

A. Pre-Program Content Preparation for Admissions

There is a need for well-prepared, qualified science teachers. In fact, the latest reports indicate chemistry and physics teachers are in the highest demand nationwide. The UOTeach licensure program is approved based on the following content area academic preparation guidelines:

Biology a biology major or combination of 44 upper and lower division term credit hours designed to develop competence in biology including:

  • half of credit hours in biology science including classical and molecular genetics, evolution, general microbiology and ecology
  • half of credit hours in physical and earth science

Valid for all science grades 5-8 and all science in which a majority of the content is Biology grades 9-12.

Chemistry a chemistry major or combination of 46 upper and lower division term credit hours designed to develop competence in chemistry including organic and physical chemistry. Valid for all science grades 5-8 and science in which a majority of the content is Chemistry grade 9-12.

Physics a physics major or combination of 44 upper and lower division term credit hours designed to develop competence in physics including electricity, magnetism, mechanics, and quantum physics. Valid for all science grades 5-8 and all science in which a majority of the content is Physics grades 9-12.

General / Integrated Sciences a combination of 44 upper and lower division term credit hours designed to develop competence in general science:

  • Earth Science: 12 term credits among Geology, Astronomy, Environmental Science, Meteorology Oceanography, and related Geography courses
  • Life Science: 12 term credits among Biology, Human Physiology and approved Anthropology courses
  • Physical Science: 12 term credits in Physics and Chemistry

Valid for all MS/HS science except Biology, Chemistry or Physics – primarily useful for middle school positions.

Note: To calculate Semester hours to term hours, multiply by 1.5.


B. Subject Area Testing Requirement

Passing a content area ORELA exam is required for admission to UOTeach and for licensure in Oregon.

  1. Biology #305 ORELA - Passing Score = 220
  2. Chemistry #306 ORELA - Passing Score = 220
  3. Physics #308 ORELA - Passing Score = 220
  4. General / Integrated Science #311 ORELA = Passing Score – 220
  • Looking for study materials? The UO Library has ORELA study guides. Materials can also be requested through the library Summit network system. At the UO go to UO Library and type Oregon Educator Licensure Assessments in the Library Search. If books are not available on campus, you can “Place a Summit Request” through the  Interlibrary Loan(ILL). If you have questions call 541-346-3055 email to ill@uoregon.edu. Books are typically available for 6 days.
  • Students on Financial Aid can apply to NES for a test fee waiver. This process takes several weeks and must be complete prior to registering for the test. Complete the Fee Waiver application (link is external) and bring it to your Financial Aid office for processing.
  • Out-of-state applicants must take the ORELA subject area test. The Oregon TSPC will not accept any test outside of ORELA for students from in-state licensure programs. If you have questions or would like to petition the Oregon TSPC, you may do so by emailing contact.tspc@oregon.gov
  • UOTeach does not require the GRE.

Your official results are not required (although preferred) for the January application deadline. Scores obtained after the deadline should be email to UOTeach@uoregon.edu asap.


C. Current Program of Study