Concordia University's Continuing Teaching License program is an option for educators who hold the Oregon Initial or Initial II Teaching License (generally, those candidates who graduated from an Oregon-approved teacher education program after January 15, 1999). The Initial I Teaching License is valid for three years, and may be renewed two times for a total of nine years if the educator shows progress toward completion of the renewal requirements as described in the current OARs. The educator must qualify for an Initial II Teaching License ten years following the issue date of the first Initial I Teaching License. The educator may obtain a one year unconditional extension if he/she is unable to meet all requirements within the nine year period. The Initial II Teaching License may be renewed repeatedly when requirements are fulfilled as outlined in the OARs. Candidates may, however, opt for the Continuing Teaching License, and have 10 years from the issuance of their Initial Teaching License to complete the requirements.
Educators holding the Initial I or Initial II License who have not earned a Master's degree may fulfill requirements for the Continuing Teaching License by completing Concordia University's Master of Education program, or complete a Master's equivalent of 30 semester hours as outlined in the current OARs.
Oregon educators holding Basic or Standard Licenses follow the original guidelines for those licenses and are not required to earn a Continuing Teaching License. However, as a result of new rules governing the continuing professional development of teachers (OAR Division 90), ALL licensed Oregon educators who hold a Basic, Standard or Continuing License must meet Continuing Professional Development (CPD) renewal requirements.