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GTEP Prerequisites and Tests

Required prerequisite courses

GTEP applicants must complete certain prerequisite courses to demonstrate their subject matter proficiency. This chart identifies the PSU prerequisite courses and their acceptable equivalents at other regional institutions. 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 a waiver process with an education advisor. The waiver form can be found at the bottom of this document.

Applicants must have a minimum grade of "B-" in all prerequisite courses and an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75.

For early childhood and elementary authorizations:

  • Lib 428/528 - Children's Literature
  • Mth 211, 212, 213 - Foundations of Elementary Mathematics (click here for schedule/sequence information)

For middle school and high school authorizations:

  • Content area prerequisite courses are determined by the academic advisor for the specific subject. You will need to meet with  the advisor to determine which courses, if any, are required for your specific subject area. The advisor will indicate which classes are required on the Department Recommendation Form and submit to the GTEP department.

Highly recommended courses 

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

Required tests

Note that the NES (National Evaluation Series) provides many tests with similar names, e.g., NES Essential Academic Skills and NES Elementary Education. Be sure that you correctly identify all needed tests for your level. 

Basic skills tests

All applicants to GTEP must provide electronic or paper documentation indicating passing scores on a  basic skills test as part of their GTEP application. Oregon’s licensure agency, the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC), has approved the following basic skills tests, choose from one of the following testing companies:

Applicants with a master’s degree are exempt from taking a basic skills test.  

Subject area tests

All applicants to GTEP must provide electronic or paper documentation indicating passing scores on a 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.

Early childhood and elementary

  • The National Evaluation Series (NES) Elementary Education Subtests I and II
  • Subtest I is not required for admission but will be required prior to recommendation for licensure
  • Subtest II is required for admission

Middle school and high school authorization levels 

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

Middle school authorization ONLY

Applicants who intend to teach middle school math, and not high school math, will take the NES Middle Grades Mathematics test.

Specialty areas 

Applicants who want to teach art, music, and physical education at any level will take the NES test in the subject area from the list above.

*The specific tests required by TSPC are subject to change. Return to the TSPC, ORELA/NES, and Praxis websites regularly for updates.

Documents should be sent to:

GTEP
Graduate School of Education
Portland State University
PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97207

Or visit our office:

615 SW Harrison, ED 602 
Phone: 503-725-4619
Fax: 503-725-8475