Bilingual Teacher Pathway

Teaching to transcend all barriers

The 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.

Admission criteria

To be eligible to apply to the BTP Program, you must:

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  • Be eligible for admission to Portland State University.
  • Be bilingual and bicultural (exam may be required).
  • Have a minimum of 120 transferable credits or a bachelor's degree by fall 2020, including prerequisites:
    • Math 211, 212, 213 - Foundations of Elementary Mathematics
    • LIB 428 (or equivalent) - Children's Literature
  • Either be employed by a school district that has a Partnership Agreement with Portland State University, OR
    Aspire to be a bilingual/bicultural elementary teacher and have experience working with children.
  • Have a score report for the NES Elementary Educator test, even if not passing.
    • National Evaluation Series (NES) Elementary Education
      • Sub test 1: Math, Science, the Arts, Health, Fitness
      • Sub test II: Reading instruction, Language Arts, Social Studies

Prerequisite course information


The BTP program at Portland State University meets the Oregon State educational requirements for licensure or certification in Oregon.

Because licensure requirements vary from state to state, Portland State University is unable to determine if the academic training meets requirements for states other than Oregon. Program participants who are interested in working professionally outside of Oregon should visit the state licensing web page for the specific state in which they hope to practice.

Additional financial information