Early Intervention Special Education (EISE)


Prerequisite Coursework

Prerequisites courses or course equivalents are required for candidates seeking an EISE initial license and are not required for endorsement-only applicants. Prerequisite courses must be completed before spring term of the first program year and have been completed within seven years prior to beginning the program.

  • PSY 460: Child Development
  • SPED 418/518: Survey of Exceptional Children

Both courses are typically offered every term at PSU. Check the current schedule for availability. 

The following course, while not required, is highly recommended as preparation for the Special Educator program:

  • PSY 459/559 Infant Development (3 credits)



First, check the application deadline for your program. To apply, create an account or sign into the Portland State University Admissions Application system. When prompted for the program, select "College of Education" as the College, and then your program of study:

  • Special Education: Early Intervention Endorsement
  • Special Education: Early Intervention, MS and License

Application checklist

  • Program-specific application
  • 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 Graduate School 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:
    • The Graduate School
      Portland State University
      PO Box 751
      Portland, OR 97207 - 0751
      Electronic official transcripts should be sent to graddocs@pdx.edu
  • Personal statement (writing prompt provided within application)
  • Résumé
  • Two recommendation forms (forms are provided within application)
  • Prerequisites courses
  • Apply for scholarships
  • Apply for FAFSA

A GRE is not required.

To validate your admission you must take a course during the term in which you have requested to be admitted. Should you not take a course in that term, your application will be cancelled and you will need to reapply.

Questions about the application process?

If you have questions about the application process, contact askcoe@pdx.edu.
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