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TVI Prerequisites and Tests

Prerequisite coursework

If you have a current license in Special Education:

  • There are no program prerequisites

If you have a current license in General Elementary Education:

  • SPED 418/518 or equivalent - Survey of Exceptional Children

If you have a current license in General Secondary Education:

  • SPED 418/518 or equivalent - Survey of Exceptional Children
  • READ 551 or equivalent - Foundations of Literacy
  • MTH 211, 212 or equivalent - Foundations of Elementary Mathematics

If you are working toward Oregon Initial Licensure:

  • PSY 311 - Human Growth and Development
  • MTH 211, 212, 213 - Foundations of Elementary Math
  • ED 420 - Introduction to Education
  • SPED 518 - Survey of Exceptional Learners
  • READ 551 - Foundations of Literacy

Entrance exams

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