Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP)
Still accepting applications for summer 2013 program start.
The Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP) prepares candidates for teaching students in four authorization levels:
- Early childhood (age 3 - grade 4)
- Elementary (grades 3-8 in an elementary school setting)
- Middle level (grades 5-9 in a middle school setting)
- High school (grades 9-12)
The Graduate Teacher Education Program, both full-time and part-time options, start once a year in mid-summer.
The goal of the GTEP program is to prepare outstanding teachers who are strong in subject matter, experts in instructional decision-making and practices, and committed to educational excellence in the service of fair and humane schools and society. Students in the program are organized into cohorts—groups of students who participate in coursework together.
GTEP is a graduate program that is approved by the State of Oregon and meets licensure requirements to teach in Oregon K-12 public schools. Successful completion of the GTEP enables PSU to recommend teacher candidates for an initial teaching license for one or two authorization levels. Early Childhood and/or Elementary teacher candidates are endorsed in Multiple Subjects. Middle Level and/or High School teacher candidates prepare for the following endorsements:
The first step in deciding whether this program is for you is to attend an open GTEP advising session that will explain the admissions process as well as the different options available. See advising dates and times here.
Much of the GTEP coursework is part of the Program of Study for a Master of Education (MEd) degree. For details about the MEd requirements go to the MEd website.
Program format options
The full-time program begins in mid-July and can be completed in one year. Field experiences in the schools typically coincide with the public school calendar year. Responsibilities in the school setting increase and coursework decreases as you continue in the program.
The part-time program begins in mid-July and takes two years to complete. Field experiences in the schools typically coincide with the public school calendar year. During Year One of the program, teacher candidates spend 60 hours in the field. Responsibilities in the school setting during Year Two increase and coursework decreases as you continue in the program.
An outstanding GTEP application provides evidence that an applicant has strong academic content knowledge, is committed to the profession of education, and has the potential to become a just and effective educator. Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and have a strong academic record; in most cases, a 3.0 cumulative GPA is necessary. View the Admissions page for more specific information on preparing an application to GTEP.
All applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree by the end of spring in order to begin GTEP in Summer. This is a requirement of the PSU Office of Graduate Studies; there are no exceptions.
Graduate School of Education
Portland State University
PO Box 751
Portland OR 97207-0751
Or drop by our office: 615 SW Harrison St, ED 602
Other licensure program options in addition to GTEP:
- Bilingual Teacher Pathways for bilingual/bicultural individual
- Inclusive Educators Program (elementary and special education licensure)
- Secondary Dual Educators Program (SDEP)
- International Teacher Education Program (ITEP)
Click here for information on available scholarships, financial aid, and estimated program costs.