Graduate Program Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP)

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Graduate Teacher Education Program Master's Degree Overview

Great teachers start at PSU. The master’s degree in education prepares you to be a part of a new wave of progressive K-12 teachers. As America’s schools become more racially and ethnically diverse, serving students with different cultures, languages, and abilities, our teachers need to adapt. The College of Education will equip you to teach in an inclusive and equitable environment, utilizing the latest technology to help you succeed. You will be a teacher who helps each student succeed on their unique terms.

As a student of the GTEP program, you will be able to choose from two tracks: elementary or secondary education. The elementary track will help you develop a deep understanding of the subjects taught in elementary schools, while the secondary track will allow you to specialize in one (or two) subjects as a high school or middle school teacher.

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How do I become a teacher in Oregon?

  1. Complete a bachelor’s degree from an accredited school.
  2. Choose what subject and grade level you would like to teach. The Elementary track (Kindergarten through 6th grade) requires only a bachelor’s degree. The Secondary track (7th through 12th grade) may require additional prerequisite courses depending on your teaching subject.
  3. Complete a teacher preparation program. The program must qualify for a TSPC Oregon Preliminary Teaching License. Both GTEP tracks at PSU will qualify.
  4. Complete your student teaching requirements through the GTEP program.
  5. Apply for your license through the state, complete your background check, and pass testing requirements.

You may also earn your Preliminary Teaching License through other programs at PSU:

Graduate Teacher Education Program Master's Degree: Why PSU?

At Portland State University, our cohort model means that you will develop a close community of peers who will be an important part of your professional network for years to come. By taking all of your coursework as a group, your cohort will develop strong connections that can serve as sources of friendship, learning, and professional opportunities for years to come.

Your GTEP courses will be taught by scholar-practitioners: experienced teachers who also have scholarly expertise and advanced degrees in their fields. That means that you will learn practical tools and strategies based on sound research and theory.

Our reputation as a high-quality teacher preparation program has helped us build an extensive network of partnerships with schools and school districts in the Portland metro area. PSU teacher candidates are sought after by principals both for student teaching field placements and for hiring.

PSU holds a strong commitment to equity and social justice. Our deep welcome and inclusive environment of all nurtures fearless confidence in students to themselves interrupt oppression and injustice and see quality, culturally sustaining, education as an important avenue toward a just society. We strive to embody these principles in our practices and continually seek to improve our efforts to work for equity. Your program at PSU will encourage you to frame your career in terms of working for justice and opportunity for all people.

What can I do with a Master's degree in the Graduate Teacher Education Program?

When you successfully complete the GTEP, you will be prepared to promote the academic, career, personal, and social development of students and will be eligible for a position as an elementary or secondary classroom teacher. Others move into specialist and administrative roles. GTEP has built an extensive network of partnerships with schools and school districts in the Portland metro area. As a result, our graduates often find jobs within Portland Public Schools. PSU teacher candidates are sought after by principals both for student teaching field placements and for hiring.

Program Highlights

  • Earn your master’s degree and Oregon teaching license in one year (perfect for those who can go to school full-time) or two years (works great for those with other work commitments)
  • Design, plan, and implement lesson plans that encourage creativity, build community, and make a real impact on your students’ goals and future careers
  • Challenge yourself to help create sustainable equity and inclusion in education
  • Experience incredible value: Learn from experienced elementary and secondary school teachers who have scholarly expertise and advanced degrees—and do so in convenient locations and at an accessible price

Add an Endorsement or Specialization

An endorsement helps teachers focus in an educational area, and can be added for any grade level or teaching subject. You can add one of the following endorsements to your program:

  • Reading
  • English for Speakers of other languages (ESOL)
  • Special Education Endorsement
  • Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL)
  • Mathematics Instructional Leader Specialization


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

The Graduate Teacher Education Program is nationally accredited through the rigorous Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation process. Portland State University was the first university in Oregon to earn this distinction.