education hallRemember your favorite teacher? You may remember several teachers who had a big impact on who you are today. Few people are in a better position to touch the lives of others than teachers. You too can make that kind of difference in people's lives -- and Oregon State University offers programs that include award-winning teachers, principals, superintendents, college faculty and administrators.

Oregon State offers three pathways to a degree and teaching licensure, with unique programs based on experiential learning and content mastery:

  • Undergraduates in Corvallis can pursue the Education Double Degree, which allows students to receive two degrees (in your preferred discipline of teaching and in Education) while preparing for teaching licensure.

  • At the Graduate level, students in Corvallis have the opportunity to pursue a master's degree and licensure simultaneously with specialized programs that utilize award-winning instructors from across the University.

  • OSU-Cascades, in Bend, offers a Master of Arts in Teaching with licensure preparation for a variety of popular endorsements.

Our programs allow you to teach at one of the following authorization levels:
Early Childhood Education (age 3-grade 4)
Elementary Education (grades 3-8)
Middle School (grades 5-10)
High School (grades 7-12) – requires an endorsement in:

  • teacher education at osuAgriculture
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • French
  • German
  • Health
  • Integrated Science
  • Language Arts (English)
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Spanish
  • Social Studies
  • Technology

Community, Counselor, Higher Education, and Free-Choice Learning:

Oregon State has opportunities for educators in the community, higher education, the informal learning environment, and in workforce education:

  • OSU has the nation's second oldest counseling program, with opportunities in school counseling and clinical mental health. For higher education, graduate programs are available in student services administration and community college leadership.

  • Oregon State is also the first university to have a focus on free-choice learning, to teach audiences outside of the traditional classroom in locations like libraries, museums, and outdoor schools.

  • For the workforce, adult education provides instructional theory and strategy to meet the unique needs of adult learners.


Whether you're entering the classroom to teach or learn, you'll want to pursue a strong and varied academic program before college to prepare for your education studies. To teach at the high school level, you should take any courses that are available in the area you want to teach. Particularly helpful ways to prepare include:

  1. Work with children and young people. Get a job in an after-school club, volunteer to coach, read to children in a library, be a counselor for an outdoor school, mentor in a high school, be a tutor or teacher's aide or find other ways to become involved with people in the age group you want to teach.
  2. Learn another language. Study a language so that as a teacher, you can communicate more effectively with students and parents. The most useful second languages in Oregon are Spanish and Russian.
  3. Learn about other cultures. Learn as much as possible about other cultures -- and more about your own -- so you can share this knowledge with your students.
  4. Learn about a variety of subjects. Teachers are curious about everything and may be called upon to teach many subjects, including reading, math, languages, science and art, especially in elementary school. Middle and high school teachers usually teach only one or two subjects, but you should start now to learn as much as possible about the subject you want to teach.
  5. Talk with your favorite teachers. Find out what they like about their job and whether they have any recommendations that can help you prepare for your career.

teach and kids classroomCareers

An education degree opens doors to a wide range of careers involving teaching, advising or administering in school, community and business settings. Typical careers include:

  • Preschool teacher in a day care or business setting
  • Elementary, middle or high school teacher
  • Counseling in the school or clinical mental health environment (after additional preparation in counselor education)
  • Leader in an adult education program for a community, agency or business
  • Bilingual education teacher, working with students whose native language isn't English
  • Community-based educator with 4-H, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, YMCA and other organizations
  • Corporate trainer

Oregon State's teacher education programs offers students hands-on experience by putting them in appropriate learning environments under the guidance of professional educators. Teacher education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC). Counseling programs are accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

There are many paths to becoming an educator, and Oregon State will help you find yours. We'll work with you to find -- or create -- a program in the area that best matches your interests.

Your First Year

For teachers and other education professionals, having a broad and comprehensive base of knowledge is vital. Students interested in education come from a variety of undergraduate programs. Early childhood and elementary educators often pursue a double degree with the Human Development and Family Sciences program. Secondary school (Middle/High School) educators should pursue degrees that relate to the endorsement area they want to teach. Counselors often have undergraduate degrees from the College of Liberal Arts. Community, collegiate, and workforce educators come from a wide-range of programs, with career path and goals serving as the pathway to these graduate offerings.

You will likely spend your first year focusing on courses from Oregon State's Baccalaureate Core -- the physical and biological sciences, mathematics, writing, fitness, cultural diversity and freshman orientation -- with beginning courses in your area of interest.

student and teacher working togetherOther programs

As a major research university, Oregon State is full of resources for ambitious or curious students. Many education students are involved in the Honors College, National Student Exchange and Study Abroad programs. And because so much of teaching is hands-on, you'll also have opportunities to work with public school students through various volunteer programs, such as tutoring.


You're signing up to help people, and maybe we can help you. Scholarships are available at the university level, as well as from individual colleges and departments for both new and continuing students. Most scholarships are awarded based on information provided in the Oregon State scholarship application submitted with your application for admission, but others may require special applications. The deadline to apply for university scholarships is Feb. 1. Be sure to check with your college and department on the deadlines for other scholarships you might be eligible for.

Alphabetical list of all Majors, Degrees, and Programs