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Big Plans: Graduate School of Education. Did you know that the Gradutate School of Education is the largest graduate school at Portland State?

Leading, learning, life changing

A smart investment in the future


Why is it important to have well-prepared educators and service professionals? Don't ask a teacher - ask a student.

Or better yet, think back on your own life to teachers, counselors and other mentors who really made a difference for you. Where might you be today if they hadn't been there?

The Portland State University Graduate School of Education is the largest and most comprehensive school of education in Oregon. It prepares more teachers, counselors and administrators for licensure than any other institution in the state. And each graduate of the GSE touches the lives of hundreds or thousands of students or clients during a career.

A gift to the Graduate School of Education is truly an investment in the future.

Make a gift to the Dean's Fund for Excellence, a scholarship, or the program of your choice. Consult the information below for details. For more information, contact Sandy Wiscarson, GSE Development Director at

Dean's Fund for Excellence

Gifts of all sizes provide discretionary resources for the school in areas of highest needs.

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Those who make gifts of $1000 to any fund in the school become members of the Dean's Circle.


Scholarships offer students far more than critical financial assistance; your support shows students that you believe in them and the work they will be doing. Furthermore, since most GSE students will work and raise families in the area, GSE scholarships ultimately support the development of local and regional professionals.

Students who head into the teaching and counseling professions do so for love, not money; many are single parents; some are making a career change. But the work they do enriches lives beyond theirs.

The need for scholarships is more critical than ever before. Tuition increases force many students to assess whether they can enter or continue their programs. In one year, 175 students applied for scholarships; 60 students received one, but 115 students did not. You can help close this scholarship gap. Every gift counts!

Program Enhancement

Teachers, administrators, counselors and other education professionals need tools - and continuing education opportunities - to enhance their work.

Your contributions to specific programs assists in supporting technology and training; field trips and conference presentations for students; teaching materials and additional resources; professional development; the Counselor Education campus clinic and more.

  • Counselor Education
  • Postsecondary, Adult, and Continuing Education (PACE)
  • Special Education
  • Helen Gordon Child Development Center
  • To see a complete list of program funds go to our giving directory. Make a note of the program fund and number when you make your gift.

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    We appreciate your time and consideration in supporting our work. For more information about these scholarships and programs at the Graduate School of Education, or to discuss interests not listed, contact:

    Sandy Wiscarson
    GSE Director of Development
    (503) 725-4789