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Oregon Teaching Certificate Programs

Below you’ll find a comprehensive listing of the Graduate Teaching Certificate programs available from schools in Oregon. If you’re looking for initial teacher certification programs, check out either our list of Bachelors in Education Programs or Oregon Alternative Certification Programs. Most of the programs down below are for people who are already teachers.

Don’t be fooled – even though advanced certificate programs don’t come with a master’s degree, they can still lead to a boost in pay for Oregon teachers. Many advanced degrees require 15 credit hours of coursework, which is enough to bump teachers to a new salary level in some districts. In Portland, for example, those 15 additional credit hours lead to around $1,600 extra per year for a beginning teacher, according to the Portland Association of Teachers.

An add-on certificate can also qualify you to teach a different, in-demand subject. Oregon has a shortage in a number of areas identified by the U.S. Department of Education, including bilingual education, math, science, and special education. Teachers in these areas are eligible to have their federal loans deferred or canceled. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 3,400 special education teachers in Oregon, earning an average of $50,000 to $55,000, depending on what grade level they teach. The average secondary special education teacher makes around $2,500 more than the average secondary teacher in other content areas.

Advanced certificate programs in Oregon

George Fox University – Newberg, OR. Students working toward an add-on endorsement at George Fox can take classes online or face-to-face. The school offers endorsements in reading, library media, and English for speakers of other languages.

Lewis & Clark College – Portland, OR. Add-on endorsement programs at Lewis & Clark – in areas including special education and bilingual education – range between fourteen and eighteen credit hours. Some programs are offered part-time or online.

Pacific University – Forest Grove, OR. Certified teachers can add a number of different endorsements with Pacific’s advanced programs. In the 17-month special education program, teachers specialize in either early childhood/elementary education or middle/high school education.

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