Literacy - Admissions


Applications are now open! We’ve simplified our process - by submitting a single application in our College Net application system you will be considered for admission by your program as well as at Portland State University. This new web based application system will allow you to input your personal information, upload materials, and track your application status from any online location. Select the name of your program in your CollegeNet application: "Literacy Education / Reading, Licensure Endorsement" for Literacy Endorsement.

See application requirements below for more information.

Before applying to our program you must:

  • Have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Be a licensed teacher or an active student in an academic program leading to licensure
  • Complete admission procedures as outlined below

If you are already admitted to a graduate-level program at Portland State, please complete a GO-19 formpdf have it signed by your faculty advisor, and submit to:

Mark Wallace
Portland State University
Curriculum and Instruction/College of Education
PO Box 751
Portland OR 97207-0751

Or hand-deliver to the Fourth Avenue Building, second floor, ATTN: Literacy Program.

Application checklist:

Please note: The following components are part of your College of Education application packet:

  • Unofficial transcripts are accepted by the College of Education for the program application. You must submit transcripts for all institutions previously attended, regardless of whether you earned a degree or not. If admitted, you must send official transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions in order to register for classes.
    Acceptable unofficial transcripts are:
    • Web-based transcripts downloaded from an institution: institution and student name must be visible on transcripts
    • Photocopies of official transcripts: these must include the front and back of all pages, including transcript key
    Previous applicants:
    • If you’ve previously submitted official transcripts to PSU, you are still required to upload unofficial transcripts to complete your application.
    After you are admitted, you must submit official transcripts to:
    Graduate Admissions
    Portland State University
    PO Box 751 (OGS)
    Portland, OR 97207 - 0751
    Electronic official transcripts should be sent to
  • Reference letters
  • Photocopy of teaching license
  • Personal statement

If you have questions about the application process or deadlines, please email

Recent graduate simplified application:

If you are a recent graduate of one of our initial licensure programs (within the last 5 years) fill out and submit the “Simplified Application” in CollegeNet which will satisfy all of the items above in the application checklist.

Application deadlines

This application is year-round for any term. You will indicate which term you want to start taking courses in the application. In general, your application should be submitted by the corresponding application deadline for admission to specific terms.