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Bilingual Teacher Pathway

Teaching to transcend all barriers

Ladder going upwardsThe Bilingual Teacher Pathway (BTP) is a teacher preparation program designed to fill critical shortages of bilingual teachers in the Portland metropolitan area. This is accomplished by recruiting and supporting bilingual/bicultural district employees so they can become licensed teachers. 

Scholarships up to $13,000 available to qualified candidates - contact Lynda Pullen at for details.

Admission criteria

Qualified candidates will be selected based on district recommendations and an application evaluation. Yearly cohorts (a cohort is a group of students that go through the program together) will not exceed 35 students and begin each fall term. To be eligible to apply to the BTP Program, you must:

  • Be employed either part-time or full-time by a school district that has an Intergovernmental Agreement with Portland State University*.
  • Be eligible for admission to Portland State University – NOTE: If you are a non-native English speaker please be sure to see Portland State University's webpage for information on the TOEFL exam. Remember, you must meet this requirement BEFORE applying for admission to PSU.
  • Be bilingual/bicultural
    • Bilingual - Oral and written proficiency at the near native level, evidenced through interview and essay
    • Bicultural - Ability to relate in a socially acceptable manner with members of a cultural group other than your own
  • Have approval from your school district liaisonspdf (Exceptions may be possible in some circumstances.)


Click here for information on available scholarships, financial aid, and estimated program costs.