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AddSped Prerequisite Coursework

Candidates must hold a current teaching license, and an Oregon non-provisional teaching license to be eligible for recommendation for the endorsement.

The program has one required prerequisite course, SPED 418/518 Survey of Exceptional Learners. This course is offered each term on campus at Portland State University and online. Many applicants have taken an equivalent course as part of their previous teacher licensing program. Applicants may request faculty to review an equivalent course as a substitution for the required prerequisite. The course SPED 418/518 or approved substitution must have been taken within the past seven years.

Course Substitutions
Students who have taken prerequisite coursework at an Oregon state college or university for which an equivalent course has been formally evaluated and documented will not be required to submit a formal SPED substitution request. An official SPED substitution form will be necessary for courses taken at private Oregon colleges or universities and out-of-state colleges or universities without prior evaluation and documentation of equivalency. If you want a course you have taken to be reviewed, fill out and submit the Special Education Course Substitution form to the department. You must attach to the form the following documentation:

  • The course syllabus
  • The official course description from the university or college bulletin/catalog
  • A copy of your transcript showing when you took and course and course grade (an unofficial copy is OK)

A faculty committee will review your request and you will receive an email once the review is complete.

Registering for the prerequisite course

It is advisable to begin the prerequisite course as soon as possible. If you plan on taking eight or fewer credits per term at Portland State University, and are not currently a student, you may register as a Quick Entry non-admitted student. A first-time registrant must submit a Quick Entry Application Form to the Office of Admissions and Records so that a registration file can be created. The application is available on-line or at the Office of Admissions and Records in 105 Neuberger Hall. There is a one-time $25 fee + $2 for processing the Quick-Entry request. Quick Entry/Non-Admitted students are not eligible to receive financial aid. Please allow 48-72 hours for your registration record (student account) to be created. Consult the Schedule of Classes for course offerings and registration information at: