Graduate Teacher Education Program

Graduate Program

Graduate Teacher Education Program

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Graduate Teacher Education Program Masters Degree Overview

The Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP): Elementary prepares elementary classroom teachers to teach multiple academic subjects. Through rigorous coursework in educational theory and practice as well as field experiences in public elementary school settings, we prepare outstanding teachers who are strong in subject matter knowledge, expert in instructional decision-making and practices, capable of serving students and families from a wide range of cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and committed to fair and humane schools and society.

Degree Details

Location Definitions:

On campus:
100% on campus
Online:
100% online
Flexible:
Combination of online and on campus
  • M
    Masters
    Locations
    On campus
    Online
    Total Credits
    45-66
    Start Term
    Summer

Graduate Teacher Education Program Masters Degree: Why PSU?

At Portland State University, our cohort model means that you will develop a close community of peers who will be an important part of your professional network for years to come. By taking all of your coursework as a group, your cohort will develop strong connections that can serve as sources of friendship, learning, and professional opportunities for years to come.

Your Elementary GTEP courses will be taught by scholar practitioners: experienced teachers who also have scholarly expertise and advanced degrees in their fields. That means that you will learn practical tools and strategies based on sound research and theory.

Our reputation as a high-quality teacher preparation program has helped us build an extensive network of partnerships with schools and school districts in the Portland metro area. PSU teacher candidates are sought after by principals both for student teaching field placements and for hiring.

PSU holds a strong commitment to equity and social justice. Our deep welcome and inclusive environment of all nurtures fearless confidence in students to themselves interrupt oppression and injustice and see quality, culturally sustaining education as an important avenue toward a just society. We strive to embody these principles in our practices and continually seek to improve our efforts to work for equity. Your program at PSU will encourage you to frame your career in terms of working for justice and opportunity for all people.

What can I do with a Master's degree in the Graduate Teacher Education Program?

When you successfully complete the GTEP: Elementary, you will be prepared to promote the academic, career, personal, and social development of students in elementary education learning environments and will be eligible for a position as an elementary or secondary classroom teacher. Others move into specialist and administrative roles. GTEP has built an extensive network of partnerships with schools and school districts in the Portland metro area. As a result, our graduates often find jobs within Portland Public Schools. PSU teacher candidates are sought after by principals both for student teaching field placements and for hiring.

Featured Courses

  • ITP 536 Learning and Development
  • ITP 538 Integrated Methods and Curriculum Design
  • ITP 510 Instructional Design and Assessment
  • ITP 514 Educating for Equity and Social Justice
  • ED 518 Inclusive Elementary Classrooms
  • ITP 543 Professional Collaboration
  • ITP 535 Cultivating Responsive Elementary Classrooms
  • ITP 545/548 Student Teaching I: ECE/ELEM

Electives

  • ITP 534 Foundations of Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Practices
  • ITP 510 Foundations of Literacy
  • ITP 510 Elementary Mathematics Methods
  • ITP 541 Literacies in the Elementary Classroom
  • ITP 542 Integrated Elementary Science Methods
  • ITP 546/549 Student Teaching II: ECE/ELEM
  • ITP 547/550 Student Teaching III ECE/ELEM

Accreditation

Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

The Graduate Teacher Education Program is nationally accredited through the rigorous Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation process. Portland State University was the first university in Oregon to earn this distinction.