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Pre-teacher Education

Portland State University educates prospective K-12 teachers in the Graduate School of Education. Teacher licensing is part of the Master of Education degree and is achieved through the Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP) in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

Undergraduates at Portland State University may prepare for competitive admissions by consulting with appropriate advisers, by achieving high academic standards in the recommended and required courses for specialization and in courses in liberal arts, and by documenting successful experience with children in the public schools. Passing scores on teacher exams mandated by the Oregon Teachers Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) are also required for entry into the GTEP.

Pre-Teacher Education Undergraduate Advising

Early childhood and elementary education:
Prospective elementary teachers should consult with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Advising Center, Smith Memorial Student Union, mezzanine level, room 305, (503-725-3822).

Middle school education:
Prospective middle school teachers who have a preference for teaching multiple subjects (as in elementary education) should follow advice from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (503-725-3822). Those who prefer to get a content area specialization that may also apply to teaching at the high school should contact the pre-education academic adviser in the academic department of choice (see information below).

High school education:
Prospective high school teachers should contact the pre-education academic adviser within their major department. Academic majors and their respective secondary endorsements are as follows: biology (biology and general science); physical education (physical education); history, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, political science, geography, and economics (social studies); health (health); mathematics (mathematics); English (English language arts); art (art); foreign languages and literatures (foreign language); music (music); chemistry (chemistry); physics (physics); drama (drama); speech (speech). Note: A current adviser list is available from the GTEP admissions secretary, 602 School of Education Building, (503) 725-4753, or

Graduate Teacher Education Program advising:
Students considering application to the PSU GTEP should make an appointment to attend an advising session for prospective applicants by calling (503)725-4619 or stop by the information desk in 204, School of Education Building.