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Undergraduate Degree (IEEP)

Classroom teaching and special education teaching at the elementary level both require broad subject area preparation. Candidates are encouraged to complete undergraduate degree programs with course work in psychology, literature, biological and physical sciences, math, social sciences, health, art, music and physical education. PSU advisors in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (Neuberger Hall, room 491E, 503-725-3822) and in the Graduate School of Education (ED204, 503-725-4619) during general advising sessions can offer recommendations for undergraduate experiences.


To be considered for admission to the program, applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Applicants should have a strong academic record; a minimum of 3.0 cumulative (or upper division/graduate) GPA is necessary for admission.

In addition to completing the BS/BA degree, there are three types of activities that applicants must complete and document as part of their application. These are:

1. Completion of specific prerequisite undergraduate courses,

2. Volunteer or paid experience with children with and without disabilities, and

3. Completion of test requirements as set by the State of Oregon.


Applicants usually pre-plan and work on these activities one or more years before applying to the program. It is also assumed that applicants have a basic knowledge of computer skills.