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GSE Instructor Handbook: Introduction

As one of the Graduate School of Education's (GSE) valued instructors, the information in this handbook is for you. Having dedicated full-time and part-time faculty is important to maintaining the quality of our programs. Adjunct faculty also are an important addition to the regular teaching force, frequently bringing a fresh perspective and close ties to the world of practice. The GSE greatly values your contribution to our programs.

The GSE Instructor Handbook has been prepared to support full-time and part-time faculty. It is an attempt to answer the most frequently asked questions. It is by no means meant to be all-inclusive. Therefore, program coordinators and staff will assist you in any way possible. A close working relationship benefits all those involved, particularly our students. For your use, we list offices and phone numbers for the Graduate School of Education.

GSE Reception

ED 204

(503) 725-4619

Continuing Education

ED 204

(503) 725-4670

Curriculum and Instruction

ED 602

(503) 725-4756

Educational Leadership and Policy

ED 504

(503) 725-4754

Special and Counselor Education

ED 204

(503) 725-4632

Classroom Scheduling
(Dean’s Office)

ED 608

(503) 725-4689

Our mailing address is:
PSU/School of Education
PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97207

Our street address is:
1900 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97201

Our fax numbers are:
(503) 725-8475  (6th floor)
(503) 725-5599  (2nd floor)


PSU’s Mission

The mission of Portland State University is to enhance the intellectual, social, cultural and economic qualities of urban life by providing access throughout the life span to a quality liberal education for undergraduates and an appropriate array of professional and graduate programs especially relevant to metropolitan areas.

Doctrina Urbi Serviat = Let Knowledge Serve the City

GSE Vision: Preparing professionals to meet our diverse communities’ lifelong educational needs.

GSE Mission

The GSE prepares reflective and collaborative professionals, who critique, develop and implement research-based practices and professional standards, work effectively with diverse populations and promote inclusive settings, and use evidence-informed decision making to influence the learning and development of all learners.


GSE Philosophy (Guiding Principles)

  • We create and sustain educational environments that serve all students and address diverse needs.
  • We encourage and model exemplary programs and practices across the life span.
  • We build our programs on the human and cultural richness of the University’s urban setting.
  • We challenge assumptions about our practice and accept the risks inherent in following our convictions.
  • We model professionalism and develop collaborative efforts that foster our mission.
  • We develop our programs to promote social justice, especially for groups that have been historically disenfranchised.
  • We strive to understand the relationships among culture, curriculum, and practice and the long-term implications for ecological sustainability.
  • We model thoughtful inquiry as a basis for sound decision making.

GSE Priorities

  • Promote diversity and social justice through inclusive programs, policies, and practices.
  • Conduct and apply research and other scholarly work to improve education and counseling.
  • Engage and model meaningful individual and program assessment that leads to continuous program improvement.
  • Develop partnerships that support high-quality clinical experiences and professional development for GSE students, faculty, and cooperating professionals.
  • Maximize the effective use of technology for instruction, recruitment, assessment and scholarship.


GSE Conceptual Framework

GSE Goals and Purposes

We prepare our candidates to provide leadership in:

Diversity & Inclusiveness

  • to work effectively with diverse populations
  • to promote inclusive and therapeutic environments

Research-Based Practices & Professional Standards

  • to critically analyze and implement research-based practices
  • to demonstrate appropriate professional knowledge, skills, & dispositions

Impacting Learning and Development

  • to ensure all learners and clients succeed
  • to use technology to enhance learning and development
  • to influence policy and provide leadership for organizations

Evidence-Informed Decision Making

  • to use evidence to address problems of practice and make educational and therapeutic decisions

Academic Calendar

The PSU academic calendar can be found at

Welcome to Continuing Education (CEED) Faculty

See Continuing Education's Faculty Information Page