Apply to the UOTeach Curriculum and Teaching Program

UOTeach prepares teacher leaders to have a lasting impact on the learning and lives of youth. We welcome all applicants with demonstrated academic distinction, the disposition and passion for learning and working with youth, and a commitment to supporting equitable educational learning communities.

UOTeach is committed to helping reshape the classroom experience for all students through increasing the numbers of educator candidates from underrepresented groups, including bilingual bicultural candidates, people with disabilities, and first-generation college students.

As a state-approved program, UOTeach adheres to Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSCP),University of Oregon, and College of Education standards.

Admissions is competitive but we look holistically at each candidate. Applicants are scored on the criteria listed below. Higher scores lead to a higher likelihood of acceptance to the program.

When applying, it is best to explain any areas that might not meet these expectations.


Application Deadline

Annually, the application opens on September 20 and closes January 15. All applications are for the June/summer program start.

Following the deadline, UOTeach will conduct a thorough application file review.

Most applicant candidates will be invited to participate in an in-person or online group interview process in February.

Candidates typically are informed of the admissions decision on March 1 and given until April 10 to commit.

Application Instructions

Complete the online Graduate Admission Application. Select Curriculum and Teaching-UOTeach as your department within the College of Education.

Graduate Admissions Application

In the application, please select the following:

  • Major: Curriculum and Teaching–UOTeach
  • Degree Type: Master’s of Education
  • Term: Summer 2020
  • Departmental Application: Specify endorsement type
  • Federal Programs: Sapsik‘ʷałá Education Program for eligible Native American/Native Alaskan candidates; ESPRIT National Science Foundation funded pipeline program for Science majors pursuing K–12 science teaching careers.

Nonrefundable Application Fee: $70 (Domestic Students)/$90 (International Students), paid by credit card or eCheck. You will need to pay the application fee before you are able to submit the application.

Application Fee Waiver: The Graduate School provides need- and diversity-based fee waivers to several different applicant groups including:

  • Participants in undergraduate research programs for minority students (including McNair Scholars)
  • Participants in service-based organizations
  • Active members, reservists, or veterans of the US armed services
  • Sapsik‘ʷałá Education Program eligible applicants
  • STEM Core pre-admitted ESPRIT scholars

Admissions Standards and Requirements

Grade Point Average (GPA)

A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above is preferred.

While we understand that students can have an occasional bad term, we also need to be assured that college work can be completed consistently.

Applicants with GPA below a 3.0 are given space to explain.

Work with Youth

It is important that applicants are able to demonstrate aptitude, experience, and interest in working with school-age youth. Experiences can be volunteer or paid.

Applicants are asked to document the organizations they have worked with, their supervisors contact information, the type of work they did, and length of their experience (total hours).

Statement of Purpose

Our academic and professional mission is to educate antioppressive and culturally sustaining elementary and secondary school teachers to have a lasting impact on the learning and lives of youth.

As such, we believe in the following ideals:

  1. Excellence in teaching requires teachers to have a strong foundation in relevant subject matter knowledge.
  2. Excellence in teaching requires in-depth knowledge of the social, cultural, and political context of learning, teaching, and schooling.
  3. Excellence in teaching requires a teacher who helps students make the critical connections between the sociocultural context of their lives and the relevant subject matter.

Your statement of purpose should tell us about you.

In a concise, 500-word essay provide us with a brief understanding of who you are and how your philosophy of education is related to the mission of UOTeach.

Your statement of purpose must be written by you alone and represent your original work. The selection committee will carefully consider both the content and the writing in their assessment of your candidacy.

Your essay should include:

  1. A statement of the skills, knowledge, or abilities you bring with you and how you believe you will inspire student learning and/or contribute to the field of education.
  2. Significant aspects of your background, personal qualities, experiences and/or convictions, particularly as they enhance your potential to work with diverse students.
  3. How you plan to use the graduate program to advance your career objectives.

Three Professional References

When requesting people to serve as your references, please contact them early so they have time to respond and let them know that you will be applying simultaneously to the UOTeach program and graduate scholarships.

Application References

You will need to provide the contact information of three professional references, at least one reference should be able to speak to your experience working with youth. It is important that references (employers or others) can attest to your personal character, leadership skills, and respond to questions related to their experience working with you.

Each recommender will receive an automated email prompt directing them to an online system for evaluating you on several different components, as well as the option to upload a letter on your behalf.

It’s somewhat common for the emails to be sent to the spam/junk folder and even more common for the request to be overlooked in the recipient's inbox. You may want to reach out to your contacts to confirm they saw the request.

GradWeb will email you confirmations and log the status of each of your references. You are also able to send reminders.

References must complete the form prior to the January deadline.

Character Declaration

The application includes an Evidence of Good Moral Character questionnaire. Candidates must include a declaration of possessing strong moral character, a commitment to the profession, a vow not to harm children, and commit to educational excellence.

Admitted students will complete this same questionnaire in the Oregon TSPC criminal background clearance process during summer orientation.

Candidates unable to obtain state clearance will have their admission revoked prior to the start of field placement.

For more information, see the Standards for competent and ethical performance of Oregon Educators.

Official Transcripts

Transcripts are required to be uploaded as part of your departmental application AND all non-University of Oregon transcripts must be sent to the Univeristy of Oregon Registrar's Office.  

Degree transcripts must show your “final degree” with award date.

Application Departmental Transcript

Please upload pdf copies of transcripts. If you have course work from a community college that is listed on your degree transcript, you are not required to upload that at this time.

Make sure your FULL NAME is listed, it is reader friendly, and each transcript is all in one pdf document.

University Admissions Transcript

All non-University of Oregon applicants must mail OFFICIAL copies of all DEGREE transcripts to the Office of the Registrar.

Office of the Registrar
5257 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403

If your degree institutions offers official electronic copies you may request your transcripts be sent directly to