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GCMS Application Instructions


The Graduate Certificate in Mathematics for Middle School Math Teachers (GCMS) in the Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics consists of eight graduate mathematics courses specifically designed for teachers who desire to teach middle school mathematics. Upon successful completion of this 24-credit program, MTH 590 - MTH 596 and Teaching & Learning in the MS Math Classroom MTH 597, a Graduate Certificate is awarded. If desired, the graduate credit received may also be applied towards an M.A. or M.S. in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the Graduate School of Education (please speak with a C&I adviser for more information). The program provides a broad mathematics background appropriate for middle school teachers, a familiarity with the current middle school curriculum ideas, and a sensitivity to the special characteristics and needs of early adolescents.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

Any applicant whose native language is not English and who has not received a baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalently accredited non‐U.S. institution with instruction exclusively in English must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 (80 on the internet‐based test or 213 on the computer‐based test). The International English Language Testing System exam (IELTS) may be substituted for the TOEFL; the minimum acceptable score is 6.5. For further information about the English Language Proficiency Requirement visit , or contact International Admissions at 503‐725‐3511 or

Funding and Graduate Assistantships

Certificate programs are ineligible for a graduate teaching assistantship from the Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Application Deadlines

The Graduate Certificate Program in Mathematics for Middle School Teachers offers rolling admissions which follow the University's admission priority processing deadlines.  Please note that the following dates are priority filing dates only. Applications will still be accepted after these dates.

April 1st for Fall admission; Sept. 1st for Winter; Nov. 1st for Spring; and Feb. 1st for Summer.

Important: applicants must apply separately to the University and to the Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Two independent applications and sets of documentation must be provided.

Your Department application will not be reviewed until you have submitted your University application and have been assigned a PSU identification number. Applicants will be notified of both Department and University acceptance in writing via the US Postal Service.

Application 1: The University Application

The University Graduate Application can be completed online by going to the University’s website‐applicantPlease note: you will not see any certificate programs listed. Choose the Master program that most closely matches: MS Mathematics for Teachers. Then contact the Office of Admissions, and let them know you wish to  use the major code GCMS for the Graduate Certificate in Mathematics for Middle School Teachers. With your application you must submit a non‐refundable $50 application fee and you will be required to pay via Visa or MasterCard. If you have never attended Portland State University, you will also need to send an official transcript from each post‐secondary institution you have attended. If you have attended other schools since attending Portland State UUniversity, you will need to send updated official transcripts from those schools. Send your official transcripts for your University application to:

Office of Admissions
Portland State University
P.O. Box 751
Portland, OR 97207‐0751

If you have questions about the University application or admissions process, please contact the University’s Office of Admissions directly by going to Do not send the University application fee to the Mathematics and Statistics Department. This $50 fee is subject to change by the Oregon University System.

Application 2: The Department Application

The Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics is now using an online application system, allowing for the electronic submission of all components of the department application. There is no fee for this application, which can be found by selecting the link below:

You will first need to create a username and password by selecting the link titled “Create Your Account”. You can either complete the application and submit it in one sitting, or save your work and continue it at a later time.

When filling out your application:

  • To save what you have done so far without exiting, click the Save button.
  • To save and exit, click the Finish Session or Save and Exit button.
  • To access an application in progress and continue your work on it, go to your Activity Log and select the application.
  • Dishonesty will not be tolerated in the application process. The submission of materials that are incomplete, forged, fraudulent, altered from the original, or obtained under false pretenses, is prohibited by Portland State University and any omission or misinformation may jeopardize the applicant's admission status and enrollment privileges and could result in revocation of the offer of admission.

Data Validation: This error indicates that you have either skipped a necessary field on the application or have not correctly entered the required information. Please look over the application for any fields that are set aside in a box with an error message immediately above them, such as "This is a required field." You should be able to proceed with your application when you make the necessary correction or, for the purpose of navigating through the application you may select the button “Postpone Data Validation”

Please note: You cannot make a correction to a submitted application. Once your application has been submitted, you can only edit the contact information for your online letters of recommendation.
The application will require you to provide materials meeting specific criteria as outlined below and on the following page.

Supplemental Materials

  • A complete set of transcripts. A transcript from each post‐secondary institution you have attended is required. Unofficial transcripts or photocopies are acceptable for the Department application. You will be asked to upload a transcript for each institution in one of the following supported file types: PDF, JPG, PNG, GIF, or TIF.
  • Optional additional material in the form of a C.V. or resume may be uploaded in one of the following supported file types: PDF, DOC, DOCX, RTF, or TXT.

Important: GRE scores are not required for admission to the Graduate Certificate Program in Mathematics for Middle School Teachers.

If you have questions about how to complete our online application, please review the information found at If you have questions about the Department admissions process, please contact Katie Gettling, 503-725-3604,