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Prerequisite Coursework (EISE)

The following course must be completed before the EISE program summer start date. The prerequisite courses must have been completed within seven years prior to beginning the program.

  • PSY 460: Child Development (e.g., UO: PSY 376, OSU: HDFS 311, EOU 330 or 430, Lane Community College: ECE 226, PCC: ECE 226)
  • SPED 418/518: Survey of Exceptional Children

Both courses are typically offered every term at PSU. Check current schedule for availability. 

The following courses, while not required, are highly recommended as preparation for the Special Educator program:

  • PSY 459/559 Infant Development (3 credits)

Entrance exams (EISE)

Applicants are required to take and pass a basic skills test (unless they hold a current Oregon teaching license). The test should be taken early enough to receive the results by February; this usually requires tests to be taken by November or December. It is the applicant's responsibility to register for the exam and provide photocopies of test scores to the Department. Study materials for the entrance exams are available at the Portland State University Bookstore and from the testing organizations themselves.

pdx.edu/sped/tests