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Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP)

The goal of the GTEP program is to prepare outstanding teachers who are strong in subject matter, expert in instructional decision-making and practices, and committed to educational excellence in the service of fair and humane schools and society.

The Graduate Teacher Education Program, both one-year and two-year options, starts once a year in mid-summer and prepares candidates for teaching students at either the elementary (early childhood/elementary)  or secondary (middle school/high school) level. Students in the program are organized into cohorts - groups of students who participate in coursework together.

Early Childhood and  Elementary teacher candidates are endorsed in Multiple Subjects. Middle School and High School teacher  candidates prepare for the following endorsements:

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • French
  • German
  • Health
  • Integrated science
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Language arts
  • Basic math
  • Advanced math
  • Music
  • Physical education
  • Physics
  • Social studies
  • Spanish

Please use the following link to access information pertinent to specific subject area endorsement: Prerequisite courses recommended and approved for your subject area. 

Program format options

The GTEP program consists of 66 credits and results in an Oregon initial teaching license and a master's degree in education. Students may choose from the format options below:

One-year program
The one-year  program begins and ends in mid-June. Courses are held in the day and  late afternoons, and it is not recommended that students have employment commitments during the program. 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. 

Two-year program
The two-year program begins and ends in  mid-June. Field experiences in the schools typically coincide with the public school calendar year. During the first year of the program, teacher candidates spend 60 hours in the field. Responsibilities in the school setting during the second year increase and coursework decreases as you continue in the program. Courses are offered evenings and weekends during the first six terms; spring and winter terms of the second year are devoted to student teaching.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Endorsement
The ESOL endorsement program is aligned with the two-year program and teacher candidates can complete the endorsement and the initial license with one additional evening  course per term. 

Provisional Early Admissions Process 
The Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP) provides a unique pathway to teaching for Portland State University undergraduate and post baccalaureate students. The Provisional Early Admissions process will help keep students on track for admission to the GTEP program. This process will be a supportive and seamless road to your initial teaching license and Master’s in Education. We value our Portland State students and alumni and welcome you to continue your career path in education with us.

Get Started

The first step in deciding whether this program is for you is to attend a GTEP information session that will explain the admissions process as well as the different options available. See advising dates and times here.

Click here for information on available scholarships, financial aid, and estimated program costs.