Chinese Language Teacher Certification and Master’s Degree (MEd)

Pathway Options for Secondary Schools and for Dual Language Elementary Classrooms

Chinese language teacher certification is an important focus within the Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP) and the International Teacher Education Program (ITEP) at Portland State University, located in Portland, Oregon. GTEP offers two Chinese language teacher certification options, one for teaching Chinese in public middle schools and high schools, and another for teaching in public elementary schools, particularly in dual-language (Mandarin and English), classrooms. ITEP is a program variation of GTEP, which offers an individualized program to earn an Oregon teaching license at either the elementary or secondary level.

Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP)

The goal of GTEP is to prepare outstanding teachers who are strong in subject matter, expert in instructional decision-making and practices, and committed to educational excellence in the service of fair and humane schools and society. Chinese language teacher candidates receive differentiated instruction and support geared to literacy education in character based language.

GTEP highlights

  • Cohort groups of approximately 30 students
  • Cohort strategy uses group processes to develop professionalism, collegiality, and support for classroom performance and reflection
  • A variety of field experiences spanning the entire program

Program format options

The GTEP program consists of 66 credits and results in an Oregon initial teaching license and a Master’s degree in education, MEd. Students may choose from the format options below:

One-year program
The one-year program begins and ends in mid-June. Courses are held during the day and late afternoons. Field experiences in the schools typically coincide with the public-school calendar year. Responsibilities in the school setting increase and coursework decreases as you continue in the program.

Two-year program
The two-year program begins and ends in mid-June. Field experiences in the schools typically coincide with the public-school calendar year. The two-year option may allow candidates to take additional requisite preparation classes while in the first year of the program. GTEP Admission Applications will be accepted until February 1st for beginning program the following June.

International Teaching Education Program (ITEP)
The goal of the program is to prepare outstanding teachers who are strong in subject matter, expert in instructional decision-making and practices, committed to educational excellence in the service of fair and humane schools and society. ITEP teacher candidates receives differentiated instruction and support geared to literacy education in character based language. ITEP admission requires previous completion of an educational preparation program and teacher certification in country of origin.

ITEP highlights

  • ITEP candidates are integrated into classes into GTEP and MA/MS program courses
  • Program requirements include individualized plan tailored to supplement previous teaching experiences for each candidate
  • Program individualized to complete in 1-2 years
  • ITEP applicants are considered for admission on a term-by- term basis
  • The ITEP program is a 51 credit, MEd program, including 6 credits of Student Teaching, 21 core credits, 24 credits of electives with options for elementary level or secondary education

Admissions

GTEP applications for each academic year will be accepted until February 1st. ITEP applications will be accepted until February 1st for a summer term start, and by July 1st for a fall term start.

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What is a MEd?

Whereas the MA degree is predicated on possible further study in higher education, the Master's in Education (MEd) is an advanced degree geared towards teacher preparation as well as moving beyond the classroom and into the education system itself. Certified teachers and aspiring teachers can pursue an MEd to be an effective classroom practitioner, and additionally allows for a broader range within the educational sphere. 

The focus of this degree is applying higher levels of practical knowledge and learning in the field. The degree is designed for students who wish to make a positive impact in classrooms and eventually advance to leadership positions, such as instructional coaching, curriculum specialists, principals, or superintendents.