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Additional Programmatic Information

  • In order to be admitted to the program, students must be able to verify that they received their previous degree(s) from an accredited institution. Students must also be able to verify that they received a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for any undergraduate and/or graduate coursework.
  • International students must have an official TOEFL score report sent directly to PSU Office of Admission from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). You can check TOEFL requirements here. Have the report mailed to: PSU, Office of Admissions and Records, P.O. Box 751, Portland, OR 97207
  • It is a University requirement that students register and pay for at least one credit in the term they are admitted. Failure to do so will result in automatic cancellation of your admission. If you need to change the term for which you intend to begin classes after you have submitted your application, please contact the ELP department at 503-725-4633 to discuss your options.
  • Students may enroll in courses prior to formal admission into the program. Pre-admission credits are defined as credits taken at any institution, including PSU before the term of formal admission.
  • Students may transfer a maximum of 3 credit hours into the program subject to approval by the department. These credits are defined as credits earned at any institution other than Portland State University. Courses must not have been used towards any other degree.
  • Courses with grades lower than a “B” and those graded as “Pass/No Pass” are not transferable into the program.
  • Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better to remain in good academic standing.
  • Subject to the approval of the instructor, students have a maximum of one year to remove an I (Incomplete) grade.
  • Any course graded M (Missing) can changed to a letter grade within one term. If the M is not changed to a grade after one term, it will become an X (No Basis for Grade), which cannot be changed to a grade at a future time. It is the student’s responsibility to monitor their grades after each term and contact the instructor if there is an inconsistency.
  • Courses completed for a Graduate Certificate can be applied to a Master’s Degree, but not another Graduate Certificate. The same ELP 506 or 509 culminating experience credits cannot be applied towards more than one Graduate Certificate. You must register for separate 2-credit 506s or 509s if you are completing more than one certificate. ELP 507 (PACE master’s culminating project) cannot be counted towards a Graduate Certificate culminating experience requirement if it will be used towards for a Master’s Degree.
  • Graduation forms and other paperwork are due the first week of the quarter in which the student expects to graduate.
  • No credits over 7 years old at the time of graduation can be counted toward a certificate.