2015 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 the program provide instruction on dyslexia and that the instruction 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 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:

(A) An approved educator preparation program may make the demonstration through course curriculum, approved textbooks or other program requirements.

(B) An approved educator preparation program that is unable to make the demonstration shall develop a plan to meet the requirement within one year and shall report to the commission on the progress of implementing that plan.

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any educator preparation provider or educator preparation program is denied approved status or has such status withdrawn, the denial or withdrawal must be treated as a contested case under ORS chapter 183.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

Note 1: The amendments to 342.147 (Approval of educator preparation providers and educator preparation programs) by section 42, chapter 647, Oregon Laws 2015, and sections 238 and 239, chapter 767, Oregon Laws 2015, become operative July 1, 2016. See section 53, chapter 647, Oregon Laws 2015, and section 256, chapter 767, Oregon Laws 2015. The text that is operative until July 1, 2016, including amendments by sections 14 and 41, chapter 647, Oregon Laws 2015, and sections 106, 236 and 237, chapter 767, Oregon Laws 2015, 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 for early childhood education, elementary education, special education or reading must require that the program provide instruction on dyslexia and that the instruction be consistent with the knowledge and practice standards of an international organization on dyslexia.

(2) The Teacher Standards and Practices Commission shall establish rules that allow approved educator preparation programs leading to graduate degrees to commence prior to the candidate’s completion of baccalaureate degree requirements and that allow the combined use of 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 2: 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, 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 the program provide instruction on dyslexia and that the instruction 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 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:

(A) An approved educator preparation program may make the demonstration through course curriculum, approved textbooks or other program requirements.

(B) An approved educator preparation program that is unable to make the demonstration shall develop a plan to meet the requirement within one year and shall report to the commission on the progress of implementing that plan.

(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: Section 8a, chapter 245, Oregon Laws 2015, provides:

Sec. 8a. Implementation of standards related to dyslexia; report. (1) The Teacher Standards and Practices Commission shall adopt the standards required by ORS 342.147 (Approval of educator preparation providers and educator preparation programs) (1)(a), as amended by section 41 of this 2015 Act [section 41, chapter 647, Oregon Laws 2015], in a timely manner to ensure that an educator preparation program in early childhood education, elementary education, special education or reading is able to demonstrate compliance with the standards no later than December 31, 2016.

(2) The Teacher Standards and Practices Commission shall report to the interim legislative committees on education on the adoption of the standards required by ORS 342.147 (Approval of educator preparation providers and educator preparation programs) (1)(a), as amended by section 41 of this 2015 Act, no later than October 1, 2016. [2015 c.245 §8a; 2015 c.647 §50]

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 (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
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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