Science Education Endorsement

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

  • 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 sociocultural communities.
  • 5-term postbaccalaureate program leading to a master's degree in education
  • Built-in support for adding an additional endorsement (of your choice) at no extra cost

Pre-Program Content Preparation for Admissions

There is a national demand for knowledgeable, creative, and licensed 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 45 upper and lower division term credit hours designed to develop competence in biology including:

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

This endorsement is salid 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.

To convert semester hours to term hours, multiply semester hours by 1.5:

Term Hours = Semester Hours X 1.5


Subject Area Testing Requirement

UOTeach requires a passing Oregon Educator Licensing Assessment (ORELA) test in one of the following science areas for admissions.

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

The test may be taken on campus or at any other testing facility available through ORELA. The test may be taken multiple times but admissions cannot be finalized without a passing score.

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

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 contact.tspc@oregon.gov.

Looking for Study Materials?

The UO Library has ORELA study guides. Materials can also be requested through the library Summit network system. From the UO website, 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 or email ill@uoregon.edu. Books are typically available for six days.

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)