2017 ORS 342.147¹
Approval of educator preparation providers and educator preparation programs
  • rules

(1)(a) The Teacher Standards and Practices Commission shall establish by rule standards for approval of educator preparation providers and educator preparation programs.

(b) Standards for approval of an educator preparation program for early childhood education, elementary education, special education or reading must require that:

(A) The program provide instruction on dyslexia and other reading difficulties; and

(B) The instruction on dyslexia be consistent with the knowledge and practice standards of an international organization on dyslexia.

(2) The commission shall adopt rules that:

(a) Require approved educator preparation programs for early childhood education, elementary education, special education or reading to demonstrate that candidates enrolled in the programs receive training to provide instruction that enables students to meet or exceed third-grade reading standards and become proficient readers by the end of the third grade, as designated by the State Board of Education. For the purposes of this paragraph, an approved educator preparation program may make the demonstration through course curriculum, approved textbooks or other program requirements.

(b) Allow approved educator preparation programs leading to graduate degrees to commence prior to the candidate’s completion of baccalaureate degree requirements and to combine undergraduate and graduate level course work in achieving program completion.

(3) Whenever any educator preparation provider or educator preparation program is denied approved status or has such status withdrawn, the denial or withdrawal must be treated as a contested case under ORS chapter 183.

(4) Nothing in this section is intended to grant to the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission any authority relating to granting degrees or establishing degree requirements that are within the authority of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission or any of the public universities listed in ORS 352.002 (Public universities), or that are within the authority of the governing board of any private institution of higher education. [1973 c.270 §19; 1989 c.521 §2; 1989 c.690 §3; 1993 c.45 §159; 2011 c.637 §126; 2015 c.647 §§14,41,42; 2015 c.767 §§106,236,237,238,239; 2017 c.317 §1]

Note: The amendments to 342.147 (Approval of educator preparation providers and educator preparation programs) by section 8, chapter 756, Oregon Laws 2015, become operative July 1, 2022. See section 2, chapter 756, Oregon Laws 2015, as amended by section 9, chapter 756, Oregon Laws 2015. The text that is operative on and after July 1, 2022, including amendments by section 2, chapter 317, Oregon Laws 2017, is set forth for the user’s convenience.

342.147 (Approval of educator preparation providers and educator preparation programs). (1)(a) The Teacher Standards and Practices Commission shall establish by rule standards for approval of educator preparation providers and educator preparation programs.

(b) Standards for approval of an educator preparation program must include:

(A) Requiring an educator preparation program to be accredited by a national organization that represents teachers, policymakers and teacher educators and that provides accreditation based on nationally recognized standards and on evidence-based measures; and

(B) Approving a public educator preparation program of more than four years’ duration only if educator preparation programs that are reasonably attainable in a four-year period are also available in the system of higher education and are designed to culminate in a baccalaureate degree that qualifies their graduates for entry-level teaching licenses.

(c) Standards for approval of an educator preparation program for early childhood education, elementary education, special education or reading must require that:

(A) The program provide instruction on dyslexia and other reading difficulties; and

(B) The instruction on dyslexia be consistent with the knowledge and practice standards of an international organization on dyslexia.

(2) The commission shall adopt rules that:

(a) Require approved educator preparation programs for early childhood education, elementary education, special education or reading to demonstrate that candidates enrolled in the programs receive training to provide instruction that enables students to meet or exceed third-grade reading standards and become proficient readers by the end of the third grade, as designated by the State Board of Education. For the purposes of this paragraph, an approved educator preparation program may make the demonstration through course curriculum, approved textbooks or other program requirements.

(b) Allow approved educator preparation programs leading to graduate degrees to commence prior to the candidate’s completion of baccalaureate degree requirements and to combine undergraduate and graduate level course work in achieving program completion.

(3) Whenever any educator preparation provider or educator preparation program is denied approved status or has such status withdrawn, the denial or withdrawal must be treated as a contested case under ORS chapter 183.

(4) Nothing in this section is intended to grant to the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission any authority relating to granting degrees or establishing degree requirements that are within the authority of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission or any of the public universities listed in ORS 352.002 (Public universities), or that are within the authority of the governing board of any private institution of higher education.

Note: Sections 3 and 4, chapter 317, Oregon Laws 2017, provide:

Sec. 3. Implementation of standards and rules related to reading. (1) Notwithstanding ORS 342.147 (Approval of educator preparation providers and educator preparation programs) (1)(b) and (2), the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission may not deny approval of an educator preparation program for failure to comply with standards or rules adopted under ORS 342.147 (Approval of educator preparation providers and educator preparation programs) (1)(b) or (2) for three years from the date that the commission first adopts the standards or rules if the educator preparation program:

(a) Develops a plan to comply with the standards and rules; and

(b) Submits the plan to the commission within one year of the commission adopting the standards and rules.

(2) A plan submitted under this section may phase in implementation of the requirements if complete implementation is scheduled within three years of the commission first adopting the standards and rules under ORS 342.147 (Approval of educator preparation providers and educator preparation programs) (1)(b) and (2). [2017 c.317 §3]

Sec. 4. Repeal. Section 3 of this 2017 Act is repealed on June 30, 2022. [2017 c.317 §4]

Note: Sections 4 and 5, chapter 756, Oregon Laws 2015, provide:

Sec. 4. Teacher Education Program Accreditation Account. (1) The Teacher Education Program Accreditation Account is established in the State Treasury, separate and distinct from the General Fund. Interest earned by the Teacher Education Program Accreditation Account shall be accredited to the account.

(2) Moneys in the Teacher Education Program Accreditation Account are continuously appropriated to the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission to award grants to educator preparation programs for the purpose of having the programs accredited by the organization described in ORS 342.147 (Approval of educator preparation providers and educator preparation programs) (1)(b)(A), as amended by section 8 of this 2015 Act. [2015 c.756 §4; 2015 c.756 §10]

Sec. 5. Abolishment of account. (1) The Teacher Education Program Accreditation Account established by section 4 of this 2015 Act is abolished on July 1, 2022.

(2) Any moneys remaining in the account on July 1, 2022, that are unexpended, unobligated and not subject to any conditions shall be transferred to the General Fund on July 1, 2022. [2015 c.756 §5]

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.
 
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