Secondary Dual Educator Program


Program Focus

Fostering the growth of independent adolescent learners by:

  • Providing teachers with the critical knowledge necessary for meeting the needs of all learners in middle and high school classrooms
  • Enabling teachers to connect theory to practice through a series of supervised field-based experiences
  • Developing school-wide inclusive practices to build bridges between special education services and content areas at the secondary level
SDEP Earns AACTE "Innovative Teacher Education Program" Honor in 2019!
The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)—the leading voice on educator preparation-- highlights the Secondary Dual Educator Program (SDEP) in their 2019 "Innovation Exchange" Research-to-Practice Spotlight Series.. Hear SDEP graduates, faculty and our district partners describe their experiences and perspectives about SDEP in this 5-minute video, "What's in it for me?"
Watch five additional videos about SDEP on AACTE's website!

Did you know that...

  • SDEP makes you more marketable in today’s schools as a highly qualified teacher with secondary subject area and special education endorsements and a master’s degree?
"The wealth of experience and the incredible education we received has positioned us to not only get jobs, but get the kinds of jobs we want. I want to recognize how central your work has been in providing us with the kind of program that, in turn, gives us such opportunities for success."
-2013 SDEP Graduate

The Secondary Dual Educator Program (SDEP) prepares teachers to meet the academic needs of all students in their classrooms by integrating the pedagogy of general and special education at the secondary level.  After completing this program, middle and high school teachers will be able to use specialized instructional methodology and their content area expertise to differentiate instruction and develop curriculum accommodations. Teachers receiving this dual preparation will be able to give all students fuller access to the content areas of science, mathematics, English, social studies, and other areas taught at the secondary level.

SDEP is a full-time, graduate-level, teacher preparation program that is completed within two academic years.

The next cohort begins fall 2021 and culminates spring 2023. SDEP graduates earn a master’s degree in education and dual licensure in a middle/secondary-level content area and special education.

SDEP was cited as a “promising example” by the Alliance for Excellence in Education in their November 2009, Policy Brief. Download the full report: Teaching for a new world: Preparing high school educators to deliver college- and career-ready instruction


SDEP at Portland State University meets the Oregon State educational requirements for licensure or certification in Oregon.

Because licensure requirements vary from state to state, Portland State University is unable to determine if the academic training meets requirements for states other than Oregon. Program participants who are interested in working professionally outside of Oregon should visit the state licensing web page for the specific state in which they hope to practice.

What do SDEP graduates have to say about the program?

Additional financial information