Graduate Teacher Education Program Admissions

Graduate Teacher Education Program


Please note:

  • Applicants to the 1-Year Program must complete all prerequisite courses by the start of the program.
  • Applicants to the 2-Year Program must complete a minimum of 2 of the 4 prerequisite courses by the start of the program.

GTEP Elementary Prerequisite Coursework

  • LIB 428/528 - Children's Literature
  • MTH 211, 212, 213 - Foundations of Elementary Mathematics

Review a list of approved prerequisite courses at Oregon universities and community colleges

  • If an applicant takes an equivalent course listed on this chart, a transcript that shows the course grade serves as documentation.
  • If an applicant has taken a similar course or is considering a course that is not on this list, that course must be reviewed through the Prerequisite Waiver Form with an education advisor.

View course schedules for Portland State and local community colleges if planning to take prerequisites in the area. Please note:

  • Applicants to the 1-Year Program must complete all prerequisite courses by the end of spring term 2018.
  • Applicants to the 2-Year Program must complete a minimum of 2 of the 4 prerequisite courses by the end of spring term 2018.

OPTIONAL Highly recommended courses 

  • ED 420 - Introduction to Education
  • CI 432 - Computer Applications
  • ART 312 - Art for Elementary Teachers
  • MUS 381 - Music Fundamentals

GTEP Secondary Prerequisite Coursework

Content area prerequisite courses are determined by the academic advisor for the specific subject. Applicants will need to:

  1. Meet with the academic advisor to determine if there are any recommended courses for your specific subject area.
  2. The advisor will indicate which classes are recommended on the Department Recommendation Form.
  3. Include the form with your GTEP application.

OPTIONAL Highly recommended courses 

  • ED 420 - Introduction to Education
  • CI 432 - Computer Applications
  • LIB 429 - Young Adult Literature

GTEP Tests

Required tests for Elementary programs starting summer 2021:

Required tests for Secondary programs starting summer 2021:

Note: Applicants who intend to teach middle school math only, and not high school math, will take the NES Middle Grades Mathematics test. Please contact an advisor if you are uncertain which test to take.

Applicants who want to teach art, music, or physical education at any level (K-12) will take the NES test in their chosen subject area and must apply to the secondary track of the program.

You may be able to take the test with special accommodations if English is not your native language or if you have a documented disability. Please visit ORELA Alternative Testing Arrangements for more information.


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:

  • Graduate Teacher Education Program GTEP - Elementary, MEd
  • Graduate Teacher Education Program GTEP - Secondary, MEd

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
  • Get experience working with children and/or youth
  • Personal statement (writing prompt provided within application)
  • Ensure official transcripts listed above include any prerequisite courses taken
  • Résumé
  • Three recommendation forms (forms are provided within application)
  • Secondary applicants: meet with a content advisor for a transcript review and Departmental Recommendation Form. You will be required to upload the Recommendation Form as part of your application.
  • Gather test scores or plan to take all necessary prerequisite tests
  • Apply for scholarships
  • Apply for FAFSA

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
Learn about available scholarships and financial aid.

GTEP Financial Aid

For details about federal financial aid, contact:
Financial Aid Office
Fariborz Maseeh Hall Lobby
724 SW Harrison

Student Finance offers brief appointments with their counselors on a walk-in basis.

TEACH Grant Program

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who will teach in a high-need field in a qualifying school for a designated time. Current high-need fields (in schools that serve low-income students) include:

  • Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition
  • Foreign Language
  • Special Education
  • Mathematics
  • Science


For a list of scholarships and awards offered to students in our Teacher Education programs please refer to the COE scholarship website. Applications for 2019-20 will open on October 15, 2019 and close on February 1, 2020.

For a list of scholarships available outside of the College of Education please refer to the PSU Financial Aid Office.

The Graduate School has compiled a comprehensive overview of resources for graduate students at PSU. Please refer to the Graduate School website for more information about financing your graduate education including applying for graduate assistantships, scholarships, loans, and student employment.

Teacher Loan Forgiveness and Cancellation

If you complete five consecutive years of qualifying teacher service: 

  • You may receive up to $5,000 in loan forgiveness if you meet the TSPC criteria for a highly qualified full-time elementary or secondary school teacher.
  • You may receive up to $17,500 in loan forgiveness if, as certified by the chief administrative officer of the school where you were employed, you were a highly qualified full-time mathematics or science teacher in an eligible secondary school.
  • If you have a loan from the Federal Perkins Loan Program you might be eligible for loan cancellation full-time teaching at a low-income school, or for teaching in certain subject areas. You can also qualify for deferment for these qualifying teaching services.