Oregon Administrative Rules
584 - Teacher Standards and Practices Commission
584-210-0130 - Emergency Teaching License

Universal Citation: OR Admin Rules 584-210-0130
Teacher Standards and Practices Commission Chapter 584 Division 210

Emergency Teaching License

(1) Purpose of the License: An Emergency Teaching License qualifies its holder to teach in prekindergarten through grade 12 Oregon public school districts, education service districts, and charter school assignments. The Emergency Teaching License is issued to persons who demonstrated adequate qualifications to receive a teaching license on an emergency basis. The purpose of the Emergency Teaching License is to provide a school district with a licensed educator, on an emergency basis, if the school district demonstrates urgent circumstances that merit the issuance of the license in order to protect the district's programs or students. The Emergency Teaching License is designed for short-term licensure only and may not continue once the emergency situation has been remedied.

(2) District Sponsorship: The Emergency Teaching License requires district sponsorship. The sponsoring district must submit a statement:

(a) Explaining the urgent circumstances that constitute the emergency and how the qualifications of the applicant will resolve the emergency;

(b) Verifying the urgent circumstances that prevents hiring of a suitable teacher who holds an unrestricted teaching license appropriate for the assignment to be filled;

(c) Assuring the Commission that the district will obtain the license prior to assignment within the district; and

(d) Requesting and identifying the least amount of time necessary to meet the emergency needs of the district.

(3) Assignment Authorization: The Emergency Teaching License qualifies the teacher to accept within the sponsoring district any instructional assignment within the subject-area authorized by the emergency license. The scope of the endorsement shall be determined by the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) course codes associated with the endorsement as provided by the TSPC Licensure Guide.

(4) Granting of License: The Emergency Teaching License shall be issued solely at the discretion of the Executive Director, or the Director of Licensure, for any length of time deemed necessary to protect the district's programs or students.

(a) In most cases, an Emergency Teaching License will not exceed one year unless the educator or the district has presented unusual extenuating circumstances.

(b) The Executive Director, or the Director of Licensure may consider efforts the educator has made in meeting licensure requirements. Additionally, the Executive Director, or Director of Licensure, will consider academic preparation or experience the proposed educator has had in the area in which the district is requesting the license.

(c) Generally, failure to meet renewal requirements does not constitute an emergency or extenuating circumstances.

(d) In most cases, an Emergency Teaching License will expire on June 30 of the academic year in which the license was granted regardless of the term for licensure. Extending the license beyond the June 30 expiration date is at the discretion of the Executive Director after considering all extenuating circumstances.

(e) The Emergency Teaching License is not renewable and not subject to the 120 day grace period.

(f) It is the applicant’s responsibility to apply for the subsequent license in a timely manner to ensure that the applicant remains properly licensed. The applicant must submit a new application, including all required fees, for the subsequent license.

(g) The following situations are not eligible for an Emergency Teaching License:

(A) Renewal applications within the 120 days grace period; or

(B) Applications that include requests for Emergency Teaching Licenses due to the applicant’s failure to meet renewal or upgrade requirements such as required coursework or professional development.

(5) To be eligible to apply for the Emergency Teaching License, an applicant must:

(a) Provide a statement from the sponsoring district in accordance with subsection (2) of this rule;

(b) Complete a background clearance that includes:

(A) Furnishing fingerprints (if necessary);

(B) Providing satisfactory responses to character questions in the form and manner prescribed by the Commission; and

(c) Submit a complete and correct application in the form and manner required by the Commission, including payment of all required fees as provided in OAR 584-200-0050.

(d) An applicant may be asked to provide a resume, official transcripts or other evidence of qualifications if requested by the Executive Director.

Statutory/Other Authority: ORS 342
Statutes/Other Implemented: ORS 342.120 - 342.430, 342.455 - 342.495 & 342.553
TSPC 1-2016, f. & cert. ef. 2-10-16
TSPC 12-2015, f. 11-13-15, cert. ef. 1-1-16

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