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Science and Mathematics Education

For Applicants Desiring Preparation for Teaching

Mathematics, Advanced Mathematics, Biology, Integrated Science, Chemistry, or Physics

Application Packet




Application Screening Starts: January 8, 2010


No application will be accepted after June 11, 2010
Applicants must complete two applications:

  1. Professional Teacher Education Licensure Program: Science and Mathematics Education and

  2. Graduate Admissions to Oregon State University
Professional Teacher Education Licensure Program: Science and Mathematics Education

Applicants are strongly advised to keep copies of all materials submitted.

Submit 2 copies to: Professional Teacher Education Program

Science and Mathematics Education

239 Weniger Hall



Corvallis OR 97331-6508

  1. The application and checklist signed and dated.

  2. TSPC Character Questions form required by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.

  3. Copies of transcripts from each college or university attended, including OSU.

  4. A copy of the "Application for Graduate Admission" (necessary for admission to all graduate degree programs—not applicable for undergraduate licensure and degree programs). This application should be requested from the Office of Admission & Orientation by calling (541) 737-4411 or visiting their web site at http://oregonstate.edu/admissions/. Apply for the MS in Science Education (code: 6100) or MS in Mathematics Education (code: 5620).

  5. Form B. The Subject Matter Competency List, typed or formatted on a computer.

  6. An essay describing your professional goals and/or purposes and motivation for participating in the program. The essay is sent to public schools when we request placements for internships. The essay should be approximately 500 words in length, or about two typed, double-spaced pages. Your essay will be carefully reviewed by university faculty, public school teachers and administrators to help determine your eligibility for the professional program. It should represent your best writing.

  7. Your resume including: education, practicum or teaching experience, other work experience, honors, activities, and interests.

  8. Three letters of recommendation. It is strongly recommended that you keep a copy of each of these letters for your files. You will need them if you apply for scholarships.

    • One letter must come from an educator who has observed you in a formal school setting, attesting to your competence working with school-age children at the authorization level(s) you are seeking.

    • A second letter must attest to your academic ability.

    • The third letter may fit into either of the above categories or be from an employer.






Graduate Admissions to Oregon State University

Application for Graduate Admission to Oregon State University may be completed on line at:

http://oregonstate.edu/admissions/

  • For preparation to teach Mathematics or Advanced Mathematics, apply to MS in Mathematics Education (Graduate Major Code: 5620) ; for preparation to teach Integrated Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics, apply to MS in Science Education (Graduate Major Code: 6100) -or-

Submit application with these materials to: Graduate School Admissions

300 Kerr Administration Bldg

Oregon State University

Corvallis OR 97331-2106



  1. Application for Graduate Admission – Apply for MS in Mathematics Education (Graduate Major Code: 5620) –or- MS in Science Education (Graduate Major Code: 6100)

  2. Official Transcripts from each college and university attended (including OSU if applicable) – may be photocopies initially but need to be followed by official transcripts upon acceptance.



PROFESSIONAL TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM

Initial Teaching License

Application Packet
Oregon State University offers a Professional Teacher Education Program to prepare public school teachers for 21st century schools in early childhood (age 3 - grade 4), elementary (grades 3-8), middle (grades 5-8), and high school (grades 7-12) education.
In this packet you will find: Admission to the Science and Mathematics Professional Program; Application Procedures; a Program Application; Test Information: Teaching Authorizations; Program Contact Information. Should you have questions, please contact the faculty adviser(s) identified on the back of this packet.
ADMISSION TO THE PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM
Admission to the Professional Teacher Education Program is selective and competitive. Consequently not all applicants are admitted. Applications received after the deadline may be considered on a space-available basis only after all those received by the deadline have been fully considered. Within OSU’s Guiding Principles, the Professional Teacher Education Program recognizes a responsibility to society to contribute to its social, aesthetic, and economic well-being. Diversity is a key to the success of our programs. Our programs open the doors wider for any groups that are under-represented or that have suffered from discrimination.
You must be admitted as a graduate student in the Science and Mathematics Professional Teacher Education Program leading to the Initial Teaching License. Students not admitted to a degree-granting program are not eligible for financial aid of any kind.
Admission into a licensure program is contingent upon passing the CBEST or equivalent and the appropriate PRAXIS subject matter and/or authorization tests (see testing information for specific subject area requirements). Students may be admitted conditionally without completing all the testing requirements, but will not be placed in a full-time student teaching experience until all other program requirements are met.
Admission Requirements for Programs and Criteria

  1. A bachelor's degree (necessary for admission to all graduate degree programs), documented by official transcripts of grades.

2. Minimum grade-point average of 3.0 in the last 90 quarter credits of graded undergraduate work and all work completed thereafter (necessary for admission to all graduate degree programs), documented by official transcripts of grades.


3. Competence in subject matter for desired teaching areas (documented by Form B, transcripts of grades).
4. Competence in working with school-age children or youth at the age level at which the candidate is seeking licensure in schools or social service settings; experience in public school settings is strongly preferred for all Professional Teacher Education areas and is a requirement for Early Childhood/Elementary, Physical Education, Health Education, Agriculture and Music applicants (documented by letters of recommendation, interview, statement of professional goals, resume).
5. Demonstrated effectiveness in oral and written communication (documented by letters of recommendation, basic educational skills test score, written statement of professional goals, resume, and interview, if required).
6. Sincere and appropriate desire to become a public school teacher and an understanding of the life demands placed on a teacher (documented by letters of recommendation, statement of professional goals, resume, interview).
7. Truthful answers to Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) character questions (documented by the TSPC Character Questions form). Note: Successful applicants by Oregon law must submit one fingerprint card for processing by the Oregon State Police and the FBI.
APPLICATION PROCEDURES
1. Applicants are responsible for assuring that all sources of admission evidence (other than

interview results) are in their application files in Room 239 Weniger Hall, Oregon State

University, Corvallis, OR 97331-6508 by the application deadline. Applicants are also

responsible for assuring that all admission criteria are addressed by the sources of

evidence (other than interview results).
2. Applications are reviewed by screening committees to identify candidates who are qualified based on the evidence available.
3. Following the initial screening, qualified applicants may be required to interview with OSU

faculty members. The interview may also include public school educators. The interview

team adds its assessments to the applicant’s file.
4. Following the interview, the faculty for the teacher education program considers all

evidence and makes admission recommendations to the Director.


5. Applicants who meet the application deadline and complete the process above are typically

notified of the program admission decision in writing.


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The Licensure Application and Graduate Admission Applications are typically submitted at the same time to the appropriate office. The Oregon State University Graduate Admission application should be requested from the Office of Admissions by calling (541) 737-4411 or visiting their web site at http://oregonstate.edu/admissions. Refer to the following information for the appropriate addresses:
Licensure Application Graduate Application

Professional Teacher Education Program

College of Science, Science and Mathematics Education

239 Weniger Hall

Oregon State University

Corvallis OR 97331-6508



Office of Admission & Orientation

104 Kerr Administration Bldg

Oregon State University

Corvallis OR 97331-2106




Oregon State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability or veteran's status in any of its policies, procedures or practices.

NOTE: Be sure to use the correct Graduate Major Code to assure that your admissions

application is sent to Science and Mathematics Education
Science Education Major Graduate Major Code: 6100


  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • Physics

  • Integrated Science
Mathematics Education Major Graduate Major Code: 5620

  • Mathematics

  • Advanced Mathematics

Oregon State University

Graduate Level

Professional Teacher Education Program

Program Application, Initial Teaching License

2008-2009


Complete applications must be received NO LATER than the application deadline on the front cover. Applications received after this date will be considered on a space available basis only after those received by the deadline have been considered. Applicants are responsible for completing their files. Please KEEP COPIES of all materials submitted.


NAME:

Last First Middle

Student ID Number (if applicable):

Birth Date:

Mailing Address:

Email Address:

( )


Home Phone

( )


Work Phone

( )


Message Phone

( )


Cell Phone/Pager

Please check the teacher education program and authorization(s) you wish to enter:

(See Oregon Teaching Authorizations located in this packet)


Subject Area: Authorization: (circle one)


Mathematics Education Elementary/Middle Level

(Select from the following areas below) -or-

  • Mathematics Middle Level/High School

  • Advanced Mathematics

Science Education:



(Select from the following areas below)

  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • Physics

  • Integrated Science



Application Checklist



Submit two (2) complete copies of the application. Applicants are strongly advised to keep copies of all materials.

Submit to: Science and Mathematics Education, 239 Weniger, Corvallis, OR 97331-6508:


___ 1. Applicants for teaching Mathematics, Advanced Mathematics, Integrated Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics should submit their application to Science and Mathematics Education (See front cover).
___ 2. This checklist signed and dated.
___ 3. TSPC Character Questions form required by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.
___ 4. Copies of transcripts from each college or university attended, including OSU. (Submit official copies to the Office of Admission & Orientation. The Professional Programs will accept copies of official transcripts.)
___ 5. A copy of the "Application for Graduate Admission" (necessary for admission to all graduate degree programs—not applicable for undergraduate licensure and degree programs). This application should be requested from the Office of Admissions by calling (541) 737-4411 or visiting their web site at http://oregonstate.edu/admissions/.
___ 6. Form B. The Subject Matter Competency List, typed or formatted on a computer.
___ 7. An essay describing your professional goals and/or purposes and motivation for participating in the program. The essay is sent to public schools when we request placements for internships. The essay should be approximately 500 words in length, or about two typed, double-spaced pages. Your essay will be carefully reviewed by university faculty, public school teachers and administrators to help determine your eligibility for the professional program. It should represent your best writing.
___ 8. Your resume to include education, practicum or teaching experience, other work experience, honors, activities, and interests.
___ 9. Three letters of recommendation

It is strongly recommended that you keep a copy of each of these letters for your files. You will need them if you apply for scholarships.

    • One letter must come from an educator who has observed you in a formal school setting, attesting to your competence working with school-age children at the authorization level(s) you are seeking.

    • A second letter must attest to your academic ability.

    • The third letter may fit into either of the above categories or be from an employer.



By my signature, I verify that all application information submitted is true, accurate, and complete.

Signature of Applicant Date ___________________


OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Teacher Standards and Practices Commission

Character Questions to establish Fitness to Serve as an Educator
Name_____________________________ _______________________________ _____________

Print-Last First Middle


Each applicant must establish his or her fitness to serve as an educator and must answer yes or no to the questions which follow in sections (1) through (11). Any “yes” answer must be explained fully. If “yes” is answered to section (8) and/or section (10), a certified true copy of the court record must accompany the application.


1.Have you ever left any educational or school-related employment, voluntarily or involuntarily while the subject of an inquiry, review or investigation of alleged misconduct or alleged violation of Professional Standards of Conduct or when you had reason to believe such investigation was imminent?


1.

2 Are you currently the subject of an inquiry, review or investigation for alleged misconduct or alleged Violation of professional standards of conduct?


2.

3. Have you ever failed to complete a contract for educational services in any educational or school related position, or for any alleged misconduct or alleged violation of professional standards of conduct been placed on leave by your employer or left such employment prior to the end of the contract term?


3.

4. Have you ever had a professional certificate, credential or license revoked or suspended or have you been placed on probationary status for any alleged misconduct or alleged violation of professional standards of conduct?


4.

5. Have you ever been denied a professional license for which you applied or granted a professional license on a conditional basis for any alleged misconduct or alleged violation of professional standards of conduct?


5.

6. Have you ever surrendered a professional license of any kind before its expiration?


6.

7. Have you ever been disciplined by any public agency responsible for licensure of any kind, including but not limited to educational licensure?


7.

8. Have you ever been convicted or been granted conditional discharge by any court for: a) any felony; b) misdemeanor; or c) any major traffic violation, such as: driving under the influence of intoxicants or drugs; reckless driving; fleeing from or attempting to elude a police officer; driving while your license was suspended, revoked or used in violation of any license restriction; or failure to perform the duties of a driver or witness at an accident?


8.

9. Have you ever been arrested or cited for any offense listed in question (8) above which is still pending in the court?


9.

10. Have you ever entered a plea of “Guilty” or “No Contest” relative to any charge for an offense listed in question (8)?


10.

11. Have you ever had any civil judgment or other court order entered against you resulting from abuse, assault, battery, harassment, intimidation, neglect, stalking, or other threatening behavior toward other persons?

11.

NOTE: If you answer “no” to questions 8 through 11 based upon an “expungement” order “setting aside” or “sealing” of a record of a conviction or conditional discharge, you must personally verify with the court directly involved that expungement, setting aside or sealing actually has taken place. An erroneous belief that a conviction has been expunged, set aside or sealed when in fact it has not, will be deemed a false statement.


I hereby certify that the information submitted on or relating to this form is true and correct.
_____________________________________ ______________

Signature Date


Oregon Teaching Authorizations

After January 15, 1999 all new Oregon teachers must meet the requirements of new TSPC-designed levels of authorization. The following is a list of the authorizations and their requirements:


Authorization Age/Grade Levels

Early Childhood Education Age 3 - Grade 4

Elementary Education Grades 3 - 8
Middle Level Education Grades 5 - 8

High School Education Grades 7 - 12


Candidates in the Science and Mathematics Teacher Licensure Program receive two authorization levels: Elementary/Middle School or Middle School/High School. This program is not recommended for candidates desiring to teach in a self-contained elementary classroom.


Test Information



Please note: TSPC has now dropped the requirement for the essay tests. Changes are reflected in the table below.
For up-to-date information and passing scores be sure to check the TSPC website:

http://www.tspc.state.or.us
To obtain a teaching license in Oregon, all candidates must pass the following tests:

  • Basic Skills test (Either the CBEST or the PRAXIS PPST)

  • Multiple Subjects test for middle-level authorization (ORELA)

  • PRAXIS Specialty Area tests for each endorsement area


Basic Skills Test

For licensure, basic skills competence must be demonstrated by presenting passing test scores on one of the following: 



  1. Three sections of the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST).

OR

  1. Three sections of the PRAXIS Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) or Computer-Based Tests (CBT).


Multiple Subjects Test

To receive the middle school authorization (which is required for all candidates in our program), candidates must pass the ORELA Multiple Subjects Examination (MSE). The ORELA Multiple Subjects Examination is a new test that was implemented in February 2005. (For those of you who took the MSAT, note that passing scores on the MSAT will still be accepted for the middle level authorization even though the test has been discontinued.) For more information on the ORELA, go to www.orela.nesmc.com



PRAXIS Content Tests


For licensure, subject matter competency must be demonstrated by passing the appropriate PRAXIS Specialty Area tests. Note that some endorsement areas require two or three tests. All of these tests can be taken on the same day. If a candidate is seeking more than one endorsement, it is necessary to pass the Specialty Area test for each endorsement area. Praxis registration and test information is contained at the Praxis website (www.ets.org) 

 


  • For up-to-date information and passing scores for the Praxis, ORELA, CBEST or PPST, be sure to check the TSPC website: http://www.tspc.state.or.us/GenInfo_Item.asp?id=7

 

For further information, contact:
Ron Gray

Coordinator, Teacher Licensure Program

Department of Science and Mathematics Education

251 Weniger Hall

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR 97331-6508



Ron.Gray@science.oregonstate.edu

Phone: (541) 737-9286



Fax: (541)737-1817
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