BTP Admissions

Bilingual Teacher Pathway (BTP)

Admissions

BTP Application

Eligibility:

  • Must be eligible for admission to Portland State University.
  • Be bilingual and bicultural
  • Have a minimum of 90 credits or a bachelor’s degree by the beginning of the program
  • Aspire to be a bilingual/bicultural elementary school teacher

Application timeline:

The Bilingual Teacher Pathway Program (BTP) admits on a yearly timeline for a fall term start.

  • October: Applications open
  • April 1: Applications due 
  • April - May: Faculty and community partners review your application
  • June: Admissions decisions communicated
  • August: One-on-one orientation with the program coordinator
  • September: Program start

Undergraduate application requirements

Education:

  • Admitted PSU student. If you are transferring to PSU, apply to the university here
  • 90 transferable credits or an AA degree by program start date. ***Please note that BTP is 70 credits, so you may need to complete additional PSU degree requirements
  • Complete required prerequisite courses (Math 211 and 212, 213; LIB 428) with a C or better. ***If you cannot complete all of the prerequisite courses, you may be able to fit them into your schedule during the program

Materials:

  • Application to the program submitted via tk20
  • Résumé which includes your relevant work experience with youth in and educational setting
  • One essay written in your first language and translated into your second language. Please limit your essay to 500 words total. Your essay should answer the following questions:
    • Why have you chosen teaching as a profession?
    • What has led you to his place in your life and what do you hope to accomplish?
  • Three letters of recommendation submitted via the form in the application

Upcoming testing requirements:


Graduate application requirements

Education:

  • Complete required prerequisite courses (Math 211 and 212, 213; LIB 428) with a C or better.

Materials:

  • Application to the program submitted via Slate
  • Unofficial transcripts from all institutions of higher education you have ever attended 
  • Résumé which includes your relevant work experience with youth in an educational setting
  • One essay written in your first language and translated into your second language. Please limit your essay to 500 words total. Your essay should answer the following questions:
    • Why have you chosen teaching as a profession?
    • What has led you to his place in your life and what do you hope to accomplish?
  • Three letters of recommendation submitted via the form in the application

Upcoming testing requirements:

Unofficial transcripts:

  • 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 graddocs@pdx.edu
Ensure that official transcripts listed above include any prerequisite courses taken

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.

Questions?

PSU University transfer admissions:
Find your advisor here

PSU undergraduate academic advisor:
Elizabeth Benner, Society and Identity Pathway Advisor
ebenner@pdx.edu
societyandidentity.youcanbook.me

BTP information and application support:
Erica Soule, Admissions advisor
askcoe@pdx.edu
ericasoule.youcanbook.me