Middle and High School Education

University of Oregon College of Education student teachers
University of Oregon College of Education UOTeach student teacher in classroom

We aim to produce scholars and practitioners who create meaningful change in local, tribal, national, and international systems, educate and support students in the adoption of critical humanities and science-based practices, and accelerate multidisciplinary innovation within educational organizations.

UOTeach’s middle-high school teacher licensure program provides a comprehensive master’s degree in education and licensure for individuals interested in applying their academic study to teaching in middle and high school levels. 

See detailed application information for the Secondary Mid/High programs at https://education.uoregon.edu/uoteach/apply/secondary 

Secondary MEd Requirements — Total Credits: 62 

(Students with Educational Foundations undergraduate secondary certificate 52)

Secondary teachers specialize in areas of math, science, English language arts, social studies, or world languages, and also prepare to teach emerging bilinguals through an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

UOTeach Equity Education Program Features

  • Content in Context: Instructional methods courses with teacher experts connect theory and practice to prepare you to enter the classroom as teachers.
  • Culturally Responsive: An integrated and equitable approach to teaching embedded across the curriculum that supports and enhances multilingual, multiliterate, and multicultural learning communities.
  • Field Experience: 34 weeks of progressive field-based school practicum with corresponding courses, university mentors, and cooperating teachers.
  • Career Services Workshops: Building your professional portfolio and district relationships.
  • ESOL: The ESOL endorsement is embedded into the curriculum.

Middle and High School Education Study Plan

The UOTeach study plan is dependent on subject matter specialization. Most UOTeach students complete the program in one year; however, the program can be broken up into two years.

Summer Term (8 weeks) — Total Credits: 15

Course and Title Credits
EDST 612 Foundations of Teaching and Learning 3
EDST 616 Language, Power, and Education 4
SPED 511 Foundations of Disability I* 3
EDST 630 Curriculum Studies and the Profession of Teaching 4

Last Summer Session: Back to School Start of Field Placement (4 weeks) — Total Credits: 1

Course and Title Credits
EDST 627 Introduction to Supportive Learning Communities 1
Field observations: 15 hours a week of field experience begins when teachers go on contract and continues until the start of UO fall tern -

Fall Term (11 weeks) — Total Credits: 16

Course and Title Credits
EDST 614 Cultural Context of Education* or
EDST 617 Sapsik’wala Indigenous Education Seminar (1) 
EDST 638 Methods ESOL: Pedagogy for Humanities 4

Primary Methods Course:


Methods Course Elective

Students seeking to add-in program or post-licensure endorsement areas should take the appropriate methods course at this time. Students not pursuing an additional endorsement may select a 500/600 master-level course from EDST, EDLD, EDUC, SPED and/or a related content area course from other departments. 

Includes ten hours in field placement per week  

Winter Term (11 weeks) — Total Credits: 15

Course and Title Credits
EDST 628 Creating Supportive Learning Communities 3

Primary Subject Methods:

EDST 686: Secondaty Part-Time Student Teaching (20 hours/week supervised student teaching) 4

Added Endorsement Area Methods or Subject Area Content Elective

Students who wish to get an additional endorsement in a second subject matter area will take an appropriate methods course for this purpose. Students not planning to add additional endorsements are able to take other EDST, EDLD, EDUC, SPED, and/or related content area 500/600 MA level courses from other departments.


Spring Term (11 weeks) — Total Credits: 15

Course and Title Credits
EDST 687 Secondary Teaching Perfomance Assessment 2
EDST 688 Secondary Full-Time Student Teaching (supervised full-time student teaching) 10
EDST 647 ELL Instructional Methods: Applied 3

* These courses are automatically waived for EDST Secondary Certificate graduates who took SPED 411, EDST 420, and LT 629 or an EDST Equal Opportunity in Education pathway courses. Students with similar prior coursework must submit a COE course waiver petition form to get a course waived. Of those, non-degree master’s level work can be transferred using the Grad School (credit transfer form).

(1) Replacement course for candidates in the Sapsik'ʷałá Indigenous Learning Community 

Completion Requirements

  • Complete required courses and practicum work
  • Pass Content Area NES/ORELA test
  • Pass edTPA (handbook aligned to primary area)
  • Pass field placement evaluation

ESOL Endorsement

  • Complete required courses and practicum work
  • Pass ESOL field placement evaluation
  • Pass ESOL NES/ORELA English for Speakers of Other Languages assessment
  • Pass ESOL Work Sample