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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 elementary bilingual teachers in the Portland metropolitan area. This is accomplished by recruiting and supporting bilingual/bicultural district employees so they can become licensed elementary teachers. 

As of September 1, 2015 the Bilingual Teacher Pathway program will only be accepting applications from candidates interested in teaching elementary education. Candidates interested in middle and/or high school teaching can apply to the Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP) with the ESOL endorsement. Please contact Lynda Pullen at

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 ey a school district that has a Partnership 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.
  • Complete prerequisite courses prior to the start of program, fall 2017.
  • 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 sponsorship from your school district liaisons.pdf
  • Have a minimum of 120 transferable credit hours or a Bachelor's Degree.

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