Added Secondary Admissions

Added Secondary


Due to programmatic and budgetary decisions, the Added Secondary Endorsement Program will no longer be open to applicants who graduated from teacher preparation programs outside of Portland State University College of Education.  Applicants who earned their license through the College of Education (GTEP, SDEP, BTP secondary) may  apply to the Added Secondary Endorsement Program.

Admissions criteria

Interested students must pass the subject-area NES test and submit a departmental recommendation form before formally applying to the program. Students will also take and pass any prerequisite courses* to the College of Education.

*Not all subject areas require a departmental recommendation form or prerequisite courses. Check the program of study to review the steps for your desired content area.

To be considered for admissions in the Added Secondary Endorsement program, candidates must:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a strong academic record
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Hold a current teaching license
  • Take and pass the requisite content area NES test


First, check the application deadline for your program. To apply, create an account or sign into the Portland State University Admissions Application system. When prompted for the program, select "College of Education" as the College, and then "Added Secondary Licensure" as your program of study.

Application checklist

  • Program-specific application
  • Unofficial transcripts are accepted by the College of Education for the program application. You must submit transcripts for all institutions previously attended, regardless of whether you earned a degree or not. If admitted, you must send official transcripts to the Graduate School in order to register for classes.
    • Acceptable unofficial transcripts are:
      • Web-based transcripts downloaded from an institution: institution and student name must be visible on transcripts
      • Photocopies of official transcripts: these must include the front and back of all pages, including transcript key
    • Previous applicants:
      • If you’ve previously submitted official transcripts to PSU, you are still required to upload unofficial transcripts to complete your application.
  • After you are admitted, you must submit official transcripts to:
    • The Graduate School
      Portland State University
      PO Box 751
      Portland, OR 97207 - 0751
      Electronic official transcripts should be sent to
  • Personal statement (writing prompt provided within application)
  • Résumé
  • Two recommendation forms (forms are provided within application)

To validate your admission you must take a course during the term in which you have requested to be admitted. Should you not take a course in that term, your application will be cancelled and you will need to reapply.

The Added Secondary Endorsement program admits fall and winter terms ONLY. If there are special circumstances that might require you to submit the application later than the deadline, please contact the admissions specialist, Mark Wallace, to discuss your options.

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