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Secondary Dual Educator Program - Prerequisites and Tests

Prerequisite coursework

There is only one prerequisite course for applicants to this program. This course is offered at Portland State University each term, or it is also available in an online format.

Psychology 311 Human Developmentpdf

Coursework taken at another university or community college can be considered if:

  • The course content is comparable to the original course
  • The course was taken at an accredited post-secondary institution
  • You received a C or better

If you have taken a similar course at another post-secondary institution, contact the Psychology department at 503-725-3923 to initiate the course review process. You will need to submit a course substitution formpdf and a copy of the course syllabus/course description. Your course substitution request is reviewed and a decision is rendered within three to four weeks.

Content area approval requirement

Each academic department at Portland State has an advisor who can review your transcript(s) and determine if you have the necessary coursework to qualify to teach in your academic content area. Use the Secondary Advisers for Departmental Recommendation listpdf to contact the appropriate advisor and schedule an advising appointment. Plan to bring copies of all transcripts to the meeting and an academic departmental recommendation form.*pdf If you have met the necessary requirements for a content area, the advisor signs the form to qualify you for this program.

* Content area prerequisite courses are determined by various academic departments at Portland State University. Please use the following link to access information pertinent to specific subject area endorsement: Prerequisite courses recommended and approved for your subject area(s).

Test requirements

All teachers in Oregon must pass certain basic skills and content knowledge tests before they can be licensed to teach. Documentation indicating passing scores for the following tests is required for admission into this program.

Test Requirements for Program Admission:

Basic Skill Tests
Oregon’s licensure agency (TSPC) has approved the following three options for verification of basic skills.  Students must pass one of these tests and submit their passing scores with their application:

NES Essential Academic Skills (EAS) Test, preferred by TSPC (Reading, Writing and Math) 
CBEST (Reading, Writing, and Math), Praxis Core Academic Skills (Reading, Writing, and Math), or
WEST-B (Reading, Writing, and Math).

Content Knowledge Tests
Oregon’s licensure agency (TSPC) has approved tests with two different testing vendors (Praxis and ORELA/NES), depending on the content knowledge. Students must pass the test(s) associated with the appropriate endorsement area* (e.g. Art, Biology, Chemistry, French, Business, German, Health, Integrated Science, Language Arts, Basic and Advanced Math, Music, PE, Physics, Social Studies, Spanish, and Speech) with their application.

*The exception to this requirement is for the endorsement in Special Education. The test for Special Education may be taken during or at the completion of the program, but must be taken prior to recommendation for licensure. Content will be taught during the program.

Please visit the two testing vendor websites to register for the appropriate test(s):

ORELA/NES

Praxis for Oregon (only candidates pursuing endorsements in French and German)

Test Requirements for Licensure:

The Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment Examination 
Content related to this test will be taught during the program. This test must be taken prior to recommendation for licensure, but not admission.

The Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment Examination 

Special Education is a National Evaluation Series™ (NES®) test

Content related to this test will be taught during the program.  This test must be taken prior to recommendation for licensure but not admission. 

Special Education is a National Evaluation Series™ (NES®)