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The Master of Science in Education: Continuing or Standard Licensure degree is designed for individuals who hold Initial or Basic Licensure in Oregon and who plan to meet the requirements for Continuing or Standard Licensure in order to be employed as licensed teachers. A non-licensure program is also available. This degree consists of 45 quarter hours of approved graduate-level courses in a combination of education and advanced content/specialty courses. The credits are distributed as follows:

A minimum of 18 quarter hours in the Professional Education Core
21 hours of course work in advanced content/specialty from the following programs:  

Physical Education

6 hours Advanced Proficiency Documentation or thesis or professional project
6 hours electives and comprehensive exams

M.S. in Education: Continuing or Standard Licensure 45
Professional Education Core 18
Advanced Content/Specialty 21

Required core - 8 credit hours
HE 612 Advanced Topics in Health Promotions (4 cr.)



Electives in health or related areas 13  

Advanced Proficiency Documentaion or thesis or professional project
6 hours electives and comprehensive exams


Advanced Proficiency Documentation (APD) is required only for students seeking a continuing license. Those not seeking a continuing license may take 6 hours of electives as approved by the advisor. This course is designed as a minimum year long on-the-job demonstration of competency. The student-candidate must be employed as a teacher in an early childhood, elementary, middle level, high school or special education setting.

This documentation, prepared by the student with the guidance of faculty and peer teachers, is designed to demonstrate the student’s ability to teach and work with others at an advanced level of performance. Activities and requirements specifically address the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission Continuing License as well as National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.

Note: Interested candidates should contact the College of Education Field Services office for current updates.

Note: Some divisions may require a comprehensive examination in addition to the College of Education requirements for the degree.


Division of Health and Exercise Science
College of Education
Western Oregon University
Monmouth, OR 97361

Fax: 503-838-8370

Phone: 503-838-8908

Diana McAlpine
Administrative Program Assistant

Peggy Pedersen, Ph.D.
Division Chair