2017 ORS 342.125¹
Types of licenses
  • charter school teacher and administrator registry
  • rules

(1)(a) Teaching licenses shall be issued and renewed by the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission by the authority of the State of Oregon, subject to ORS 342.120 (Definitions for chapter) to 342.430 (Teacher Standards and Practices Commission Account) and the rules of the commission.

(b) Notwithstanding any requirements prescribed for issuance of a teaching license, a person whose application for a teaching license is pending may teach in the public schools of this state for 90 calendar days after the date of submission of the application if:

(A) The person is not ineligible for a teaching license following background checks conducted by the commission, including a criminal records check as provided in ORS 181A.195 (Criminal records check) and a background check through an interstate clearinghouse of revoked and suspended licenses;

(B) The school district has completed the review of the employment history of the person as required by ORS 339.374 (Required background checks by education provider of applicant for position with education provider); and

(C) The person and the school district have complied with any other requirements established by the commission by rule.

(2) Subject to ORS 342.130 (Certain existing certificates and licenses not invalidated) and to subsection (3) of this section, licenses shall be of the following types:

(a) Preliminary teaching license.

(b) Professional teaching license.

(c) Distinguished teacher leader license.

(d) Preliminary personnel service license.

(e) Professional personnel service license.

(f) Preliminary administrative license.

(g) Professional administrative license.

(h) Reciprocal license.

(i) Legacy license.

(3) The Teacher Standards and Practices Commission may establish other types of teaching licenses as the commission considers necessary for operation of the public schools of the state and may prescribe the qualifications for the licenses. However, no license established under the authority of this subsection is required for a regular classroom teaching position in the public schools.

(4)(a) The Teacher Standards and Practices Commission shall establish a public charter school teacher and administrator registry. The commission shall require the applicant and the public charter school to jointly submit an application requesting registration as a public charter school teacher or administrator. The application shall include:

(A) A description of the specific teaching or administrator position the applicant will fill;

(B) A description of the background of the applicant that is relevant to the teaching or administrator position, including any post-secondary education or other experience; and

(C) Documentation as required by the commission for the purposes of conducting a criminal records check as provided in ORS 181A.195 (Criminal records check) and a background check through an interstate clearinghouse of revoked and suspended licenses.

(b) Subject to the results of the criminal records check and background check and to information received under ORS 342.143 (Issuance of licenses and registrations) (2), the commission shall approve the application for registration. The commission may deny a request for registration only on the basis of the criminal records check, the background check through an interstate clearinghouse of revoked and suspended licenses or the information received under ORS 342.143 (Issuance of licenses and registrations) (2). The registration is valid for a term established by the commission and, subject to information received under ORS 342.143 (Issuance of licenses and registrations) (2), may be renewed upon joint application from the teacher or administrator and the public charter school.

(c) A registration as a public charter school teacher qualifies its holder to accept the teaching position described in the application in the public charter school that submitted the application with the holder of the registration.

(d) A registration as a public charter school administrator qualifies its holder to accept the administrator position described in the application in the public charter school that submitted the application with the holder of the registration. [1961 c.439 §2; 1965 c.100 §349; 1965 c.550 §2; part renumbered 342.127 (Fees); 1973 c.270 §3; 1981 c.663 §2; 1991 c.662 §5; 1993 c.45 §152; 1997 c.352 §1; 1997 c.383 §1; 1999 c.199 §2; 2005 c.730 §17; 2007 c.575 §8; 2013 c.286 §1; 2015 c.647 §7; 2017 c.446 §1]

Note: Sections 1 and 2, chapter 738, Oregon Laws 2015, provide:

Sec. 1. Pilot program on alternative authorization requirements for teachers of noncore courses; rules. (1) A teacher authorization pilot program is established for the purpose of determining the effectiveness of alternative authorization requirements for teachers of noncore courses.

(2) The Teacher Standards and Practices Commission shall administer the pilot program.

(3) For the purpose of administering the pilot program, the commission shall determine:

(a) How to identify a noncore course.

(b) How to increase the applicability, to the greatest extent practicable, of the alternative authorization requirements to courses that are:

(A) Part of a career and technical education program; or

(B) Highly interdependent and may be taught by a person who does not have an academic background in the noncore course subject.

(c) Requirements for a teacher of a noncore course who does not have an academic background in teaching.

(d) The method for approving and evaluating persons who teach noncore courses. The method must include selection and oversight by a community authorization committee that must be composed of no more than seven members who are selected by a school district board and must include at least one administrator and at least one school district board member.

(e) Alternative authorization standards for a teacher of a noncore course, including the term of the authorization and the input required from the community authorization committee for issuance and renewal.

(4) No more than three school districts may participate in the pilot program. To be eligible to participate in the pilot program, a school district must have a weighted average daily membership as calculated under ORS 327.013 (State School Fund distribution computations for school districts) of 3,500 or less.

(5) Notwithstanding any other law, the commission may waive any licensing or endorsement requirements for a person who teaches a noncore course in compliance with this section.

(6)(a) The commission shall submit a report to the appropriate legislative committees related to education no later than:

(A) September 15, 2018, for a preliminary report; and

(B) September 15, 2020, for a final report.

(b) The reports required under this subsection must include information about:

(A) The number of students who received instruction from a teacher of a noncore course as provided by this section.

(B) The number of years each teacher participating in the pilot program taught a noncore course.

(c) In addition to the requirements for the reports described in paragraph (b) of this subsection, the reports may include information about:

(A) The graduation rates for the school district for each year that the school district participated in the pilot program.

(B) The school district’s dropout rate for the students of the school district who participated in the pilot program.

(C) The percentage of students who took noncore courses as provided by this section who applied for post-secondary training or educational opportunities, including application for an apprenticeship program or a post-secondary institution of education.

(7) The commission shall adopt any rules necessary for the implementation of this section. [2015 c.738 §1]

Sec. 2. Repeal. Section 1 of this 2015 Act is repealed on December 31, 2020. [2015 c.738 §2]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 342—Teachers and Other School Personnel, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors342.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.