Shape the Next Generation

Teachers make the future.  You can make it brighter.

Few professions have a more direct impact on the future than teachers. Consider the teachers who have influenced who you are and who you’re becoming. You can do that for students to come — see their unique potential, challenge them to achieve it and cheer them when they do.

Great teachers start by being great learners, and you will be one at Oregon State University. We offer a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs to prepare teachers, counselors, community college administrators and other education leaders. This includes an innovative double degree program where you’ll earn one degree in education and a second in the field you want to teach.

And as an Oregon State graduate, you’ll join an outstanding group of award-winning teachers, principals, superintendents, college faculty and administrators — people who are making a difference in students’ lives and strengthening communities.

Get ready for what’s next. 

Whether you’re entering the classroom to teach or to learn, you should have a plan in mind. If you’re looking to teach, you’ll want to pursue a strong and varied academic program before college to prepare for your education studies. And if you want to teach at the high school level, you should take any courses that are available in the area you want to teach.

Bring the career you’ve dreamed of a lot closer to reality.

Oregon State’s education double degree program emphasizes preparing and licensing teachers for K-12 public school classrooms. But an education degree also
opens doors to a range of careers involving teaching, advising or administering in school, community and business settings. You could be:

  • A preschool teacher in a day care or business setting.
  • An elementary, middle or high school teacher. 
  • A school counselor (after additional preparation in counselor education).
  • The director of an adult education program for a community, agency or business.
  • A bilingual education teacher working with students whose native language is not English.
  • A community-based educator with 4-H, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, YMCA or other organizations.
  • A university or school administrator.

Prospective teachers learn a lot by getting out and teaching. Oregon State’s teacher education programs give you hands on experience by putting you in public school classrooms where you will work with students under the guidance of professional teachers.

Your First Year

Off we go. Getting started at Oregon State.

For teachers and other education professionals, it’s vital to have a broad and comprehensive base of knowledge. As an undergraduate, you’ll complete education coursework and classroom experience in your first year, along with beginning courses in your area of interest. You’ll also develop critical thinking,  communication and problem-solving skills through classes from Oregon State’s Baccalaureate Core — the physical and biological sciences, arts and humanities, mathematics, writing, fitness, cultural diversity and freshman orientation.

In the double-degree program, you’ll have an advisor in both the College of Education and in your primary degree area. Get off to a good start by meeting with an advisor as you plan your first-year program — and at regular intervals after that.

There are many paths to becoming a teacher.  We’ll help you find yours.

To teach, you need to learn. Some ideas to get you started:

  1. Work with children and youth. Get a job in an after-school club, volunteer to coach, read to children in a library, work as a counselor for an outdoor school, mentor in a high school, serve as 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 you can communicate more effectively with students and parents as a teacher. The most useful second languages in Oregon are Spanish and Russian.
  3. Think globally. Learn as much as possible about other cultures — and more about your own — so you can share this knowledge with your students.
  4. Stay curious — about everything. Teachers may be called upon to teach many subjects, including reading, math, languages, science and art. 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.

After graduating with a double degree in education and your chosen subject area, you’ll be qualified to apply for a teaching license at one or more of the following levels:

  • Early Childhood Education (age 3-grade 4)
  • Elementary Education (grades 3-8)
  • Middle School (grades 5-9)
  • High School (grades 9-12)

If you choose to teach at the middle or high school levels, you may earn up to two endorsements in:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Health
  • Integrated Science
  • Language Arts (English)
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Social Studies

Oregon State also offers graduate-level teacher education programs in agriculture, music and physical education.  All College of Education students may elect to pursue their English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) or ESOL-bilingual (Spanish) endorsements along with their subject endorsement.

To get out there you start here.

Multiple scholarships are available. Be sure to apply.

Anything worthwhile, including college, requires an investment. But we might be able to help with some of the costs. 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 in the Oregon State scholarship application submitted with your application for admission, but others require separate applications. The deadline for applying for university scholarships is Feb. 1. Be sure to check with your college and department on the deadlines for other scholarships.

In addition, the College of Education has an extensive scholarship program; visit education.oregonstate.edu for more information.

Put yourself out there.

Oregon State offers a resource-rich environment that encourages you to take advantage of opportunities like the Honors College 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 multiple classes and volunteer  programs.