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The following courses must be completed before starting the Special Education: Elementary, MS and License or Special Education: Secondary, MS and License programs. The program starts at the beginning of summer term each year. The prerequisite courses must have been completed within seven years prior to beginning the special educator program.

  • MTH 211, Foundations of Elementary Math I must be taken, and either MTH 212 Foundations of Elementary MTH II or MTH 213 Foundations of Elementary Math III (8 credits total)
  • SPED 418/518 Survey of Exceptional Learners (3 credits)

In the chart below each course is described, times offered at PSU, and important notes about the course are provided:

Prerequisite and times offered at PSU Important notes about this course
MTH 211 and either 212 Foundations of Elementary Math II or 213 Foundations of Elementary Math III 
(8 credits @ 4 credits each)
The courses are focused on how to teach math. If you are planning to teach and support academics for students with disabilities, both MTH 211 and either 212 or 213 must be taken.
SPED 418/518 Survey of Exceptional Learners
(3 credits) Offered at PSU fall, winter, spring, and summer terms
This course provides the foundation for understanding various exceptionalities and how special education is provided to students in schools.

Registering for the prerequisite courses

It is advisable to begin prerequisite courses 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 online or at the Office of Admissions and Records in 105 Neuberger Hall. There is a one-time $25 fee for this process. Nonadmitted/non-degree students are not eligible to receive financial aid. Please allow 48-72 hours for your registration record to be created. Consult the Schedule of Classes for course offerings and registration.

You may also take approved prerequisite course equivalents at local community colleges. See the anticipated schedule of courses.

Course substitutions
You may have previously taken a course(s) that can serve as a substitution for a prerequisite. If you feel you have completed an equivalent course please submit a Course Substitution formpdf icon with supporting documentation.

Special Education Programs: Prerequisite Course Equivalents