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This building in Salem houses the central offices of the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission. (TSPC Photo)

This building in Salem houses the central offices of the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission. (TSPC Photo)

Present Duties

The Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) is responsible for setting the standards for and issuing educator licenses, accrediting educator preparation programs, and taking action against the licensure of professional educators who have engaged in misconduct. The commission was formed in 1965 within the Department of Education as the first professional educator standards board in the nation. A separate state agency was created to support the commission in 1973. It is composed of active teachers, administrators, higher education personnel, and public member representatives.

TSPC licenses approximately 63,000 professional educators, administrators and personnel specialists such as school counselors, psychologists and social workers. It accredits 20 educator preparation licensure programs and takes disciplinary action against an average of 110 licensees annually.

TSPC employs about 20 people and is headquartered in Salem. The commission relies on input from pre-K–12 educators, university educator preparation programs and state agency partners such as the Department of Education and the Oregon Education Investment Board. TSPC recently aligned accreditation standards with national standards and is completing a licensure redesign process that will move all educators into one simplified license structure.


Contact Information

Mailing Address: 250 Division St. NE, Salem 97301
Telephone: 503-378-3586
Fax: 503-378-3758
General Email:
Contact: Victoria Chamberlain, Executive Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Tamara Dykeman
Records Officer Email: Victoria Chamberlain
Staff Directory from
Location Map: by Yahoo! Maps

Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 342.350
Budget Analysis (PDF) - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records, Publications and General Information

Agency History - a detailed history of the agency
State Archives Holdings - a select list of the agency's records available for research at the State Archives
State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog