World Languages Endorsement

Are you bicultural bilingual? Do you want to share your knowledge and passion for world languages with young learners? Do you want to motivate students to become bilinguals? 

Become a language teacher and help open a world of opportunities and perspectives up to future generations.

With all of our emphasis on International Baccalaureate and language immersion schools, Oregon continues to experience a shortage of qualified world language teachers.

Pre-Program Content Preparation for Admissions

Major in a Target Language

Applicants are expected to have a related language major or a combination of 44 upper and lower division credit hours of academic preparation in a single world language (French, German, Japanese, Spanish, or Mandarin Chinese).

This includes reading, composition, and conversation in a language, literature of language, and culture of native speakers’ coursework.

Cultural Experience / Work with Youth (paid or volunteer)

Requires cultural experiences that foster advanced language proficiency and in-depth cultural understanding as well as time spent working with youth developing and testing communication skills, patience, energy, and enthusiasm.

Entrance Subject Area Test Requirement

UOTeach requires a passing World Language Oregon Educator Licensing Assessment (ORELA) test for admissions.

Applicants are encouraged to take the available world language test early in the application process.

The tests often require scheduling at a testing center that has capacity to assess your specific language. The test may be taken multiple times but admission cannot be finalized without a passing score.

Applicants interested in pursuing a Certificate in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching are encouraged to contact the SLAT program directly.

Out-of-state applicants must take the ORELA subject area test. The Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSCP) 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, email

Testing Fee Waiver

Students on financial aid can apply to NES for a test fee waiver. This process takes several weeks and must be completed prior to registering for the test.

Complete the fee waiver application and bring it to your Financial Aid office for process.

UOTeach does not require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).