Science Education or Mathematics Education For Applicants Desiring Preparation for Teaching Advanced Mathematics, Biology, Integrated Science, Chemistry, or Physics At the Middle and High School Level



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Science Education or Mathematics Education

For Applicants Desiring Preparation for Teaching

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

At the Middle and High School Level

Application Packet




Application Screening Starts: January 5, 2015

Applicants must complete two applications: (note: some materials overlap between the two applications)



  1. Professional Teacher Education Licensure Program: Science or Mathematics Education (deliver as a paper copy to the College of Education); and

  2. Graduate Admissions to Oregon State University (completed online)



Professional Teacher Education Licensure Program: Science or Mathematics Education

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

Submit 2 copies to: Professional Teacher Education Program

Science Education and Mathematics Education

104 Furman Hall



Corvallis OR 97331-3502

  1. The application and signed/dated checklist.

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

  3. Transcripts from each college or university attended, including OSU. (While original transcripts are needed for the graduate school application, copies are acceptable for the program application)

  4. Content Knowledge Form typed or formatted on a computer. These can be found on the program website.

  5. 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. (The essay may also be used for the written portion of the Graduate School application)

  6. Your résumé including: education, practicum or teaching experience, other work experience, honors, activities, and interests. (This will be sent to Cooperating Teachers)

  7. 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 middle or high school levels.

    • 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.

  8. Scores from the ORELA Essential Learning Skills Exam (CBEST also acceptable)






Graduate Admissions to Oregon State University

Apply for the Summer 2015 Term

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


http://oregonstate.edu/admissions/
Important: For preparation to teach Advanced Mathematics, apply to the MS in Mathematics Education (Graduate Major Code: 5620); for preparation to teach Integrated Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics, apply to the MS in Science Education (Graduate Major Code: 6100).
Note: Official Transcripts from each college and university attended (including OSU if applicable) will be required to complete your graduate school application.
t/CoEd/Teacher & Counselor Ed/PTEMS 09/30/2014

PROFESSIONAL TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM

Initial Teaching License

Application Packet
Oregon State University offers Professional Teacher Education Programs to prepare public school teachers for 21st century schools in middle (grades 5-8), and high school (grades 7-12) education. This program prepares public school teachers for grades 5-12.
In this packet you will find: Admission requirements and procedures, an application form and checklist, the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) character questions form, and information on authorization levels and testing information.
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 or Mathematics Professional Teacher Education Program leading to the Initial Teaching License and Master’s degree in Science or Mathematics to be eligible for financial aid.
Admission to the program is contingent upon passing the ORELA NES Essential Academic Skills Test (ESA) (or equivalent) and the ORELA Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment exams. If taken after your application has been reviewed, you may be conditionally accepted pending passing the exams prior to June 1st of the year you begin the program. In addition, passing the appropriate ORELA subject matter tests (see testing information on page 8 for specific requirements), is required by the end of September in order to proceed with student teaching.
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. A 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 the chosen subject area, documented by the content knowledge form, transcripts, and a passing score on content area exam.

  4. Competence in working with school-age children or youth at the middle or high school level in schools or social service settings, documented by letters of recommendation, admissions interviews, statement of professional goals, and the résumé).

  5. Demonstrated effectiveness in oral and written communication (documented by letters of recommendation, written statement of professional goals, passing scores on the Essential Academic Skills exam, résumé, 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, passing score on the Student Civil Rights exam, statement of professional goals, résumé, & 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 104 Furman Hall, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331-6508 by the application deadline. For further information contact: Lynda Thomas: lynda.thomas@oregonstate.edu




  1. Applications are reviewed by screening committees to identify candidates who are qualified based on the evidence available.




  1. 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.




  1. The faculty for the teacher education program considers all evidence and makes admission recommendations to the Graduate School.




  1. Applicants who meet the application deadline and complete the process above are typically notified of the program admission decision via e-mail. Additional information will be sent to those admitted, including scholarship applications and other funding opportunities.

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The Program Application and Graduate Admission Applications are typically submitted at the same time. The Oregon State University Graduate Admission application should be completed online at http://oregonstate.edu/admissions. Refer to the following information for the appropriate addresses:
Program Application Graduate Application

Professional Teacher Education Program

Science Education and Mathematics Education

104 Furman Hall

Oregon State University

Corvallis OR 97331-3502



Office of Admission & Orientation

Graduate School, 300 Kerr

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 and that you are applying for the Summer 2015 Term.
Science Education Major Graduate Major Code: 6100


  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • Physics

  • Integrated Science



Mathematics Education Major Graduate Major Code: 5620

  • Advanced Mathematics

Oregon State University

Graduate Level

Professional Teacher Education Program

Program Application, Initial Teaching License

2015-2016


Complete applications must be received NO LATER than the application deadline on the front cover for scholarship consideration. 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

( )


Cell Phone


Please circle the endorsement subject area you wish to enter:

Endorsement Area: Authorization Level:


Mathematics Education Middle Level/High School

  • Advanced Mathematics

Science Education:



(Select from the following endorsements below)

  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • Physics

  • Integrated Science



Application Checklist



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

Submit to: Science Education and Mathematics Education, 104 Furman Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331-3502:


___ 1. The Professional Teacher Education Program application for science and mathematics education.
___ 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 Graduate School. The program will accept copies of official transcripts.)
___ 5. Content Knowledge Form. http://education.oregonstate.edu/application-information
___ 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 résumé should include 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 middle of high level.

    • 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.

___ 9. Your test scores from



  • ORELA Essential Academic Skills exam

  • Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment exam*

[*You can be conditionally admitted without this exam score, but must take/pass it by June 1st]


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



Test Information

To obtain a teaching license in Oregon, all candidates must pass the following tests:



  • Basic Skills test (ORELA NES Essential Academic Skills Test (ESA)

  • ORELA Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment

  • ORELA Specialty Area tests for each endorsement area


All candidates must take:


  • ORELA NES Essential Academic Skills Test (ESA) – The ESA is designed to test basic reading, writing, and mathematics. (http://www.orela.nesinc.com)

    • Note: As an alternative, the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) is acceptable. Use institution code 961 for scores to be sent to OSU). (http://www.cbest.nesinc.com)

  • ORELA Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment Examination - The Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment Examination is a customized educator licensure test designed to measure a candidate's knowledge and skills in relation to Oregon learning standards. (Code 008) (http://www.orela.nesinc.com)


All mathematics candidates must take the following:


  • ORELA NES Mathematics Examination (Advanced Mathematics Endorsement) (http://www.orela.nesinc.com)


All science candidates must take one of the following:


  • ORELA NES Biology Examination (Biology Endorsement) (http://www.orela.nesinc.com)




  • ORELA NES Chemistry Examination (Chemistry Endorsement) (http://www.orela.nesinc.com)




  • ORELA NES Physics Examination (Physics Endorsement) (http://www.orela.nesinc.com)




  • ORELA NES General Science Examination (Integrated Science endorsement) (http://www.orela.nesinc.com)



Prospective teachers should review the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission's Web site, www.oregon.gov/TSPC , for the complete list of tests required for licensure.

 

For further information please contact:


Lynda Thomas

Coordinator, Teacher Licensure Program

Professional Teacher Education—Science Education and Mathematics Education Program

104 Furman Hall

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR 97331-6508



lynda.thomas@oregonstate.edu

Phone: (541) 737-4661

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