Teaching Licensure Option
While earning their Environmental Education Masters, students can also earn an Oregon initial teaching license at the Middle/High School teaching level with endorsements in Integrated Science or Biology. It is also possible for students to earn an Oregon initial teaching license at the Upper Elementary/Middle School level. Other licensure options and endorsements are available on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Linda Hilligoss for more information on additional options.
This unique option distinguishes the Environmental Education Masters program at SOU from similar programs.
Additional application requirements for the teaching licensure program:
- Meet the prerequisite coursework and required test scores for admission to the Middle/High School MAT Program for either the Integrated Science Endorsement or the Biology Endorsement
- Meet the prerequisite coursework and required test scores for admission to the Elementary/Middle School MAT Program.
- Arrange an interview with Linda Hilligoss.
- Complete the Dual Environmental Education-Teacher Licensure supplemental application
- Meet the January 15th application deadline for the Environmental Education program
- Applicants for the Upper Elementary/Middle School teaching level, or other endorsements must apply through the School of Education. Please contact Linda Hilligoss <firstname.lastname@example.org> for more information.
This option adds an additional 32 credits and will extend the program completion date by two quarters. View a sample course schedule.
Applicants interested in applying to the licensure program must meet the January 15th deadline for applying to the Environmental Education masters program.
Teaching Licensure FAQs
How many letters of recommendation do I need?
Applicants applying for both the Environmental Education Masters and teaching licensure must submit three letters of recommendation, plus two form letters provided in the Dual Environmental Education-Teaching Licensure supplemental application packet. One of the letters of recommendation should speak to the applicant's teaching experience and potential in a classroom environment.
What prerequisite course work will I need to complete?
Applicant seeking Upper Elementary/Middle School License must complete Math 211, 212 and 213. Because Environmental Education students focus primarily on science, they are required to take the grade-appropriate prerequisite science test. Upper Elementary/ Middle School prerequisite requirements can be found here. These courses can be taken concurrently with Environmental Education Masters and MAT teaching licensure classes.
Applicants seeking a Middle/High School License must look at the requirements for Integrated Science or Biology, located above.
How long will the program take?
The Environmental Education Masters program usually takes 18 months (July through the following December). Teaching licensure students usually take an extra two terms to complete student teaching.
How will I complete the extra coursework?
Most teaching licensure students take some classes at the RCC/SOU Higher Education Center in Medford in order to complete the additional coursework. These classes usually meet in the evenings and one Saturday per month. The Medford campus is about 15 miles from the Ashland campus. Public transportation is limited and most students carpool to their Medford classes.
Where do I send my application materials?
Please refer to the EE Application page for a checklist of materials to submit. Please send licensure application materials to:
School of Education
Southern Oregon University
1250 Siskiyou Blvd
Ashland, OR 97520