Social Studies Endorsement

UOTeach’s one-year program aims to transform students with critical humanities and social science-based expertise into promising teacher’s adept at supporting and improve student learning.


Pre-Program Content Preparation for Admissions

Applicants to the social sciences program typically come from a broad range of academic backgrounds.

People not coming from bachelor’s degree programs in history, political science, geography, or general social sciences are asked to provide application documentation for how they have developed their social science competencies through coursework in US history, government, political science, sociology, psychology, and economics.

The ideal academic preparation for nonmajors is 44 term credit hours (20 upper-division) in the following areas:

  • 16 term credit hours distributed among the following: world history, geography, and anthropology
  • 8 term credit hours in economics
  • 12 term credit hours in US history
  • 8 term credit hours in government/political science
  • Suggested: 8 term credit hours in sociology or psychology

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

Term Hours = Semester Hours X 1.5


Entrance Testing Requirements

UOTeach requires a passing Oregon Educator Licensing Assessment (ORELA) Social Science test for admissions.

Applicants are encouraged to take the social science 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 admission cannot be finalized without a passing score.

Social Science #303 ORELA - Passing Score = 220 (See ORELA test framework guide to better understand the Social Science test)

  • 25% historiography and world history
  • 25% US history
  • 19% geography and culture
  • 19% government
  • 12% economics

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 (link sends email) asap.

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).