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Division of Teacher Education

The Division of Teacher Education (DTE)

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The Division of Teacher Education (DTE) is based upon democratic ideals, educational equity, cultural sensitivity, caring and committed professionalism, and an intellectually vital community. We are committed to facilitating the learning and development of our candidates who, in turn, can successfully affect the learning and development of P-12 students in schools. Accredited by NCATE & Oregon's TSPC since 1954, we are one of only eight nationally accredited teacher preparation programs in Oregon.

We have adopted the edTPA assessment as a culminating performance assessment for teacher candidates beginning Spring Term of 2015. EdTPA is a performance assessment of readiness to teach that has been adopted by over 30 states and throughout Oregon. Any undergraduate or MAT student beginning the ED Program Spring 2015 or after will complete edTPA at the end of their Program (typically the second to last term). Passing this assessment is a pre-requisite for a teaching license. Here is a link for more information.

As a performance-based assessment, edTPA is designed to engage teacher candidates in demonstrating their understanding of teaching and student learning in authentic ways. Candidates will be required to complete tasks and commentaries, incorporating video clips, relevant to their program as evidence of planned and implemented instruction, assessment and reflective abilities. Teacher candidates will be guided and supported through this process during their Ed Program so they can effectively demonstrate essential planning, instructing, assessing, and reflecting skills required on edTPA and in the classroom.

Information on the assessment, including requirements, cost, and submission details will be discussed with teacher-candidates in coursework and professional seminars.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Mary Bucy, Chair, Division of Teacher Education @ bucym@wou.edu / (503) 838-8471

Endorsements, Specializations and Certificates

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS

Early Childhood Program: Licensure & Non-Licensure

Become a skilled and reflective teacher leader in the field of early childhood (birth – 4th grade) and their families. Choose from two program options: Early Childhood Teaching Authorization or Early Childhood Studies (non-licensure) major. Both programs focus on working with young children in inclusive settings.

Undergraduate Teacher Licensure

The undergraduate program leads to a bachelor’s degree and an initial teaching license. The 38-43 credit hour program takes just three terms to complete and you can choose a cohort beginning in Fall or Winter terms. Contact us today to start your documentation portfolio.

The post-baccalaureate program is for those who already hold a bachelor’s degree and want to earn an initial teaching license. This is also a 38-43 credit hour program, taking just three terms to complete and you can choose a cohort beginning in Fall or Winter terms. There are several pre-education prerequisite courses necessary prior to entering the program, so please contact our Graduate Programs Advisor, Zig Derochowski a few terms prior to your anticipated start term to expedite your program entry.

GRADUATE LICENSURE PROGRAM

Master of Arts in Teaching

Transitioning from another career? Our 53 – 56 credit hour MAT program provides you with the opportunity to earn an initial teaching license for high school (middle school is optional), while earning a graduate degree. The program is available in a full-time campus or part-time hybrid format.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION

Master of Science in Education

You can complete the 45 graduate credit hour MSEd degree on a full-time or part-time basis. It meets Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission requirements for Initial II License. There are also options to add additional endorsements and authorization levels to your existing teaching license

MS in Education: Special Education

The MSEd: Special Education degree requires a minimum of 45 graduate credits, the majority in special education. You may include content from license/endorsement programs such as Special Educator or Early Intervention Special Education programs. You may have, but are not required to have, a prior teaching license.

MS in Education: Information Technology

Your MSEd degree in Information Technology opens doors. Whether you are a teacher, trainer, or informal educator the career benefits are endless. Complete the program entirely online, or combine online and campus classes. Flexible schedules allow you to complete anywhere from five terms to five years.

MS in Education: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education

The MSEd: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education degree is an exciting new program that combines the best of two of our academic divisions.  Housed in the Division of Deaf Studies and Professional Studies, it intersects with the Division of Teacher Education in allowing you to also earn an initial Oregon teaching license.  It’s designed for future teachers who want to instruct those who are deaf and hard of hearing. This is a two year, 68 credit program that requires a research project to complete.  There are three formats; on campus, online or a hybrid.  The degree not only prepares you for an Oregon K-12 teaching license, it is also great preparation for related doctoral programs.


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