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GTEP Prerequisites and Tests

Required courses

GTEP applicants must complete certain prerequisite courses to demonstrate their subject matter proficiency.

Applicants must have a minimum grade of "B-" in all prerequisite courses and an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0.

For Elementary GTEP Program: 4 Courses

Lib 428/528 - Children's Literature
Mth 211, 212, 213 - Foundations of Elementary Mathematics

View a list of approved prerequisite courses at Oregon universities and community colleges

  • If an applicant takes an equivalent course listed on this chart, a transcript that shows the course grade serves as documentation.
  • If an applicant has taken a similar course or is considering a course that is not on this list, that course must be reviewed through the Prerequisite Waiver Form with an education advisor.

View course schedules for Portland State and local community colleges if planning to take prerequisites in the area.

Please Note:

  • Applicants to the 1-Year Program must complete ALL prerequisite courses by the end of Spring term prior to the start of the program.
  • Applicants to the 2-Year Program must complete 2 of the 4 prerequisite courses by the end of Spring term prior to the start of the program.

OPTIONAL Highly recommended courses 

  • ED 420 - Introduction to Education
  • CI 432 - Computer Applications
  • ART 312 - Art for Elementary Teachers
  • MUS 381 - Music Fundamentals

 

For Secondary GTEP Program

Content area prerequisite courses are determined by the academic advisor for the specific subject. Applicants will need to:

  1. Meet with the academic advisor to determine if there are any recommended courses for your specific subject area.
  2. The advisor will indicate which classes are recommended on the Department Recommendation Form.
  3. Include the form with your GTEP application.

OPTIONAL Highly recommended courses 

  • ED 420 - Introduction to Education
  • CI 432 - Computer Applications
  • LIB 429 - Young Adult Literature

Required tests

All applicants to GTEP must provide either documentation of passing scores or list the date that they have scheduled the subject area test as part of their GTEP application. Oregon’s licensure agency, the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC), has approved the following subject area tests.

For Elementary GTEP Program

  • The National Evaluation Series (NES) Elementary Education Subtests I and II
    • Subtest I passing scores are not required for admission but will be required prior to recommendation for licensure.
    • Subtest II passing scores are required prior to the start of the program.

 

For Secondary GTEP Program

Applicants who want to be licensed to teach in middle and high schools will take the National Evaluation Series (NES) test in the specific content area:  

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

Note: Applicants who intend to teach middle school math, and not high school math, will take the NES Middle Grades Mathematics test. Please contact an advisor if you are uncertain which test to take.

Specialty areas: Applicants who want to teach art, music, and physical education at any level (K-12) will take the NES test in the subject area from the list above.