Middle and High School Education

University of Oregon College of Education UOTeach 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.

UOTeach Handbook

MEd Requirements — Total Credits: 63 

(Students with Educational Foundations undergraduate secondary certificate 53)

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).

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 TitleCredits
EDST 612 Foundations of Teaching and Learning3
EDST 616 Language, Power, and Education4
LT 629 Foundations in Language*4
EDST 630 Theory: Curriculum & Cultural Conflict4

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

Course and TitleCredits
EDST 627 Introduction to Supportive Learning Communities1
Field observations: Begins Tuesday before Labor Day and continues until UO fall term starts. Linked to 15 hours a week of field experience.-

Fall Term (11 weeks) — Total Credits: 16

Course and TitleCredits
SPED 511 Foundations of Disability I*3
EDST 638 Methods ESOL: Pedagogy for Humanities4

Primary Methods Course:

  • EDST 621 Methods: Math Concepts
  • EDST 623 Methods: Science Concepts
  • EDST 631 Methods: Literature to Young People 
  • EDST 633 Methods: Second Language Concepts or LT536 Sec-Lang Teach Plan
  • EDST 635 Methods: Social Studies Concepts

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 looking to pursue 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. 

EDST 606 Field Placement1
Includes ten hours in field placement per week 

Winter Term (11 weeks) — Total Credits: 15

Course and TitleCredits
EDST 628 Creating Supportive Learning Communities3

Primary Subject Methods:

  • EDST 622 Methods: Math Problem Solving
  • EDST 624 Methods: Science Problem Solving Curriculum
  • EDST 632 Methods: Engaging Student Writing (Language Arts)
  • EDST 634 Methods: Second Language Conversation and Communication
  • EDST 636 Methods: Social Studies Inquiry
EDST 609 Practicum (supervised practicum, 20 hours/week)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 looking 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: 16

Course and TitleCredits
EDST 607 Student Teaching Seminar2
EDST 609 Student Teaching (full-time student teaching)10
EDST 614 Cultural Context of Education*4
EDST 617 Sapsik'ʷałá Education Program (1) 

* LT 629, SPED 511, and EDST 614 courses typically waived for UO Educational Foundations secondary certificate graduates or students able to take these UOTeach teacher pathway undergraduate courses.
(1) Replacement course for candidates in the Sapsik'ʷałá Education Program  

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