Prerequisites and Tests (IEEP)
Applicants should gain volunteer or paid experience working with children with and without disabilities in schools and/or other settings (such as the SPED 460/560 practicum). Applicants should obtain letters of recommendation from their supervisors in these experiences and will be asked to reflect on them as part of the application process.
Required Undergraduate Prerequisite Courses
Prerequisite courses are available at PSU. Equivalent courses may be taken at community colleges or other universities. The prerequisites can be met by taking the courses listed below, by showing equivalent course work or experience, or in some cases by passing a test provided by the department that offers the course (e.g., music or math). Please attend a Graduate School of Education general advising session for further information.
- SPED 418/518 Survey of Exceptional Learners (3 credits)
- PSY 311 Human Development (4 credits)
- LIB 428/528 Children's Literature, K-5 (3 credits)
- MTH 211 Foundations of Elementary Mathematics I (4 credits)
- MTH 212 Foundations of Elementary Mathematics II (4 credits)
- MTH 213 Foundations of Elementary Mathematics III (4 credits)
- ART 312 Art in the Elementary School (3 credits)
- MUS 381 Music Fundamentals (4 credits)
- SPED 460/560 Outdoor Education/Recreation for Persons with Disabilities
This two-week (6 credit) practicum is offered during the summer at the Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp. While living at the camp, students form teams to provide an outdoor recreation program for persons with severe disabilities.
Completion of Exams
Applicants need to complete and include with their applications scores from:
- Either the Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) or California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) and
- The Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment test (ORELA/NES)
Applicants will also need to pass two additional tests prior to being recommended for licensure: