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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. Candidates may enter at either the undergraduate or graduate level.

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 of 20-35 students begin each fall term. To be eligible to apply to the BTP Program, you must:

  • Be employed by a school district that has a Partnership Agreement with Portland State University.
  • Be eligible for admission to Portland State University.
  • Complete prerequisite courses prior to the start of program, fall 2017.
    • Lib 428 - Children's Literature
    • Math 211, 212, 213 - Foundations of Elementary Mathematics
      These courses may be offered at other institutions. 
  • Be bilingual and 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
  • Be sponsored by your school district liaisons.pdf
  • Have a minimum of 120 transferable credits or a Bachelor's Degree.

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