2020 Pre-Orientation

Next Step Guide (updated 2/3/20)
Welcome! We are excited you will be joining us this summer as the twelfth UOTeach cohort.

We do our best to help you stay on top of classes, workshops, events, licensure procedures, and career prep opportunities by maintaining a one-stop searchable resource guide. Please visit and bookmark the UOTeach Current Student BLOG. Print out the At a Glance Program & Summer Schedule

and learn from prior cohorts experiences in the Cohort to Cohort: Program FAQ.

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1) Getting In the System

As a new DUCK, your PAC (Personal Access Code)# is listed on your official UO Admissions Letter. You will use the PAC to set up your DUCKWEB and access WEBmail. For help, you can watch the How to Claim your DUCKID video

a) Claim your DUCK ID (95#) and UO email “___@uoregon.edu b) Activate your DUCKweb
c) Check your Webmail account for your Financial Aid award d) Upload ID Card Photo
e) Download the Be a DUCK app f) Access myUOHealth Student Portal to upload immunizations

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2) Field Placement Preference Form

Your field placement experience is central to your pre-service teacher training, as such, we are continuously working with district partners to make improvements. It is highly probable that the 2019-20 placement schedule (as outlined on these forms) will be adjusted to support stronger relationships with your cooperating teachers, students, and school learning environments. Details will be presented at a  Placement Orientation in August.

3) 2020-21 Financial Aid

By the first week in April, you should receive your 2020-21 (Fall-Spring) Financial Aid award letter. Your award will be based on your FASFA application and for up to the total cost of attendance, minus any other aid. Eligible students will also have the option of adding a Graduate PLUS loan to help cover the gap between the first loan and the rest of costs.

To receive summer term financial aid you will need to a) enroll in your summer classes in May and b) have completed a FAFSA for 2019-2020.

Financial Aid Timeline:

  • Jan – March: Students should complete FAFSAs for both 2019-20 and 2020-2021 (if they have not already)
  • Early April: Award letters for new UOTEACH students, current UO undergrads may also find a letter in their DUCKWEB account.
  • May: Student register for 2020 Summer term classes
  • June: Summer awards available in DuckWeb.
  • June 26: UOTeach Financial Aid Workshop (see “Fund My MEd“)

If you have not received an email, please contact the Financial Aid office to check on your status (541-346-3221). UOTeach will host a Financial Aid workshop at noon on June 26 with a FinAid advisor to review loans, the TeachGrant, teacher loan forgiveness program, and other FA support.

UOTeach Overview & estimated Tuition and Fee breakdown

4) Immunization Requirements

The University Health Center (UHC) requires you to submit evidence of immunizations (vaccines) and to complete a Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Questionnaire before arrival. If you haven’t already, please complete your mandatory vaccines:

*Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
*Varicella (chickenpox)
*Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap)
*Meningococcal Quadrivalent (Serogroups A, C, Y, & W-135) (MCV4, MPSV4)

Using your UO email, login to myUOHealth Student Portal and enter the dates of your completed vaccines. Then upload a copy of either your vaccine record or the Certificate of Immunization Status form provided by the UO. Complete the “Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Questionnaire” in myUOHealth Student Portal. If you are at a higher risk of TB, you will be notified of further instructions.

The Health Center will place a pre-emptive hold on all incoming student accounts until they submit the immunization form and complete the TB screening questionnaire. For international students only, there is an additional pre-emptive hold that will be released only after submitting the health insurance compliance form.

5) Summer Class Registration 

UOTeach summer class registration is May 6 – 10. Log onto DuckWeb to register. (Fall Term class registration is in August)

Elementary Summer ClassesNote: EDST 620 is team taught under two separate sections
Mid-High Cohort Summer Classes Note: LT 629 and EDST 612 have two sections, if the first section is full, you will need to sign up for the second section.


6) Final Degree Transcripts

If you are completing your undergraduate degree spring 2020 from a non-UO university, please be sure to have your official final degree transcript sent to the Office of Admissions. If your degree institutions offers official electronic copies you may have them send your transcripts directly to registrar@uoregon.edu (link sends e-mail).

7) Conditional Admission Deadlines

  • Mid-High ORELA Subject Area tests results: final deadline is June 15, email a copy of your results to uoteach@uoregon.edu
  • Remaining Elementary prerequisite courses documentation: email documentation to uoteach@uoregon.edu by June 15

8) Searching for Housing Options?

See our Cohort-to-Cohort: About UOTeach FAQ

9) Recommended Reading

Foundational reading is critical to begin your journey into the field of education. Many of you will ask for reading recommendations to get you started on this path. Below are three books I recommend you read over the next few months as you prepare to begin your master’s program in teaching. 

1. What Kind of Citizen?
Educating Our Children for the Common Good
by Joel Westheimer (2015)
2.  American Education, by Joel Spring (2017) 3. Why We Teach Now, by Sonia Nieto (2014)

These books help introduce you to the learning you will experience in UOTeach. They present the current state of education in the U.S. and explore what we need to do to build a system of high-achieving and equitable schools that “ensures every child the right to learn.”

10) Plan Ahead: UOTeach Calendar

You will need a planner for your year in UOTeach! You will be juggling classes, your field placement, trainings/workshops, and your home life. To help, please purchase a physical “Teacher Planner” and bring it to orientation. Here are some calendar options:

June Meet & Greet and Program Orientation

Cohort 11 & Friends Meet & Greet
Day/Time: Thursday, June 18, 3:30 to 5:30 pm
Location: EMU Falling Sky
Hosted by Cohort 10

Program Orientation 
Day/Time: June 19, Friday 8:30 – 3:30, Welcome Cafe Yumm buffet lunch
Location: COE Hedco Building, room 220

Orientation is an opportunity to learn about UOTeach, COE, and the university from the people who know it best, a combination of professional staff, professors, and current students. Be ready to ask anything and everything. Be ready to become part of an educational learning community.

Useful Resources: 2019-20 Program Handbook

Throughout summer, we will continue to offer various ongoing program orientation event / workshops, including, balancing family & M.Ed., field placement clearance, next step financial aid & scholarships, incorporating art in the classroom, after school program partnership, welcoming schools, and fall field placement.

11) Student FERPA Rights

You should familiarize yourself not only with the UO student records privacy policy, but as a future teacher with student rights in general and the issues around consent and procedures for reviewing educational records. Under FERPA eligible students have the right to a) inspect and review student’s education records, b) request amendment of inaccurate/misleading records, c) prevent disclosure of information without consent.

As a UOTeach students we will have you submit a signed FERPA Release Form during orientation to authorize UOTeach to work with district partners to arrange your field experience. This release will remain in effect until and unless specifically revoked by me in writing.

12) Campus Summer Tips

  • Carry a water bottle because, yes, it gets hot in the summer, and disposable plastic water bottles are the enemy. In addition bring your hiking shoes, sun screen and swim suite. Oregon is lovely in the summer.
  • Connect & create UOTeach community activities – organize or join a softball team, attend the Oregon Country Fair, Eugene Food Truck Fest, ride the Blackberry Bramble, or float down the Willamette river.
  • Maintain healthy school life balance habits – join a Rec Center yoga class, climbing, or basketball team. Stop by the UO Health Center to for health check ups and to access dental care, and the pharmacy. Be well by attending a Counseling Center support group services.
  • Bring your BIKE – don’t have a bike, get one through the UO bike rental program or sign up for the Eugene Bike Share! Our campus and community is bike-friendly, with trails, bike lanes, and bike events. Join Eugene Moonlight Mash rides