Secondary Dual Educator Program - Prerequisites and Tests

Content area approval requirement

Content area prerequisite courses are determined by the academic advisor for the specific subject. You will need to meet with the advisorpdfto determine which courses, if any, are required for your specific subject area. The advisor will indicate which classes are required on the Department Recommendation Formpdfand submit to the GTEP department.

Each academic department at Portland State has an advisor who can review your transcript(s) and determine if you have the necessary coursework to qualify to teach in your academic content area. Use the Secondary Advisers for Departmental Recommendation listpdf to contact the appropriate advisor and schedule an advising appointment. Plan to bring copies of all transcripts to the meeting and an academic departmental recommendation formpdf. If you have met the necessary requirements for a content area, the advisor signs the form to qualify you for this program.

Test requirements

All teachers in Oregon must pass content knowledge tests before they can be licensed to teach. Documentation indicating passing scores for the following tests is required for admission into this program.

Test Requirements for Program Admission:

Content Knowledge Tests
Oregon’s licensure agency (TSPC) has approved tests with two different testing vendors (Praxis and ORELA/NES), depending on the content knowledge. Students must pass the test(s) associated with the appropriate endorsement area* (e.g. Art, Biology, Chemistry, French, Business, German, Health, Integrated Science, Language Arts, Basic and Advanced Math, Music, PE, Physics, Social Studies, Spanish, and Speech) with their application.

*The exception to this requirement is for the endorsement in Special Education. The test for Special Education may be taken during or at the completion of the program, but must be taken prior to recommendation for licensure. Content will be taught during the program.

Please visit the two testing vendor websites to register for the appropriate test(s):

ORELA/NES

Praxis for Oregon (only candidates pursuing endorsements in French and German)

Test Requirements for Licensure:

The Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment Examination 
Content related to this test will be taught during the program. This test must be taken prior to starting the program in September but not admission.

The Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment Examination 

 

Special Education is a National Evaluation Series™ (NES®) test

 

Content related to this test will be taught during the program. This test must be taken prior to recommendation for licensure but not admission. 

 

Special Education is a National Evaluation Series™ (NES®)