How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Oregon

Learn how to become a substitute teacher in Oregon with the following information. The Oregon Department of Education's Substitute Teaching License is issued to any educator who has completed an approved teacher education program but does not otherwise hold a regular Oregon teaching license. A teacher holding the Substitute Teaching License may not teach in one position more than three consecutive months without obtaining the non-provisional license required for the assignment.

Oregon Substitute Teacher Requirements

You may apply for a substitute teacher certificate if you have a bachelor's degree related to teaching at one or more levels and wish to replace teachers temporarily unable to work for short periods. If you have not completed an approved teacher education program in any state or been licensed as a full-time teacher in any state, your employer must co-apply for this license, and it will be restricted to 60 days total use during each school year.

General requirements include:

  • Complete a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Complete approved teacher education program; OR hold a current license issued by another state and valid for the endorsement area.
  • Must pass either the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) OR the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) OR verify completion of a doctorate degree through a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Pass subject matter exam(s) in endorsement area(s) or verify five years of successful full-time employment in a licensed position in an out-of-state public school or private regionally accredited school.


Oregon Substitute Assessments

All educators wishing to become a substitute in Oregon must pass two tests: the basic skills test and a subject area test for endorsement. For the basic skills test, the Oregon Praxis I or California Basic Educational Skills Test covers reading, writing, and mathematics. For subject area assessment, subs must take the Oregon Educator Licensure Assessments. In leiu of these assessments, you may verify completion of a doctorate degree and successful full-time employment as a teacher or substitute teacher.


Oregon substitute teacher applicants must submit one fingerprint card and Fingerprint Form with their teaching application for Oregon State Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal history records. The fee for fingerprinting is $62 in addition to the application fee for the teacher certification.

Obtain Official College Transcripts

You'll need your original college transcripts showing you have a bachelor's degree in order to receive your substitute certificate. Submit your official transcript with your substitute teacher application.

Complete Your Application for Certification

Next, download and complete the Oregon Department of Education application for substitute certification. Complete and submit a substitute teacher application, along with the application fee, official transcripts and supporting documents. When completed submit your application to:
Teacher Standards and Practices Commission
465 Commercial St NE
Salem, OR 97301

Letters of Recommendation

While you're waiting for your substitute teacher certificate to be processed, you may wish to ask professional references for a letter of recommendation. It's probably a good idea to get 2-3 letters of recommendation, as most school districts will require theses recommendations when you apply for substitute teaching jobs in Oregon.

Substitute Teacher Pay in Oregon

Rates for substitute teaching will vary by district. Here's a general idea of how much a substitute teacher might make each day teaching in an Oregon classroom. The average daily rate ranges from $95 a day to $140 a day or more. You achieve a higher pay rate with the more experience you have, and whether or not you are a certified teacher.

Substitute Teacher Jobs in Oregon

If you're looking for a substitute teacher job in Oregon, one of the best ways to find one is to inquire at the school district office or specific school where you'd like to teach. You can find a map of Oregon schools districts here, with contact information for each.

Substitute Teacher Resources

Teacher Standards and Practices Commission
250 Division Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 378-3586

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