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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 was created by the Oregon Legislature in 1965 to advise the State Board of Education on licensure, education and performance of teachers, and other matters on which the board requested assistance. In 1973, the Legislature created a new state agency and transferred the full responsibility for educator licensure, educator licensure preparation programs and maintenance of professional standards of conduct to the commission. In 1979, authority for appointment of commission members was moved from the State Board of Education to the governor. The commission employs about 25 employees and processes approximately 20,000 licensure applications a year.


The commission’s responsibilities apply to professional conduct for candidates enrolled in educator preparation, licensure and charter school registrations for teachers and administrators, licensure for personnel service specialists (school counselors, school psychologists and school social workers) and certification for school nurses employed by Oregon public schools, preprimary through grade 12. The commission has oversight of approximately 20 public and independent college and university educator preparation licensure programs. The commission works in cooperation with the Chief Education Office to ensure well-rounded policy throughout Oregon’s public education services.


Contact Information

Mailing Address: 250 Division St. NE, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-378-3586
Fax: 503-378-3758
General Email:
Contact: Monica Beane, Executive Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Tamara Dykeman
Records Officer Email: Monica Beane
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