Bilingual Teacher Pathway (BTP)

Admissions

BTP Application

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

  • 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

There are two different applications depending on your graduate or undergraduate status. If you have questions on which application to submit, please contact Erica Soule at askcoe@pdx.edu prior to beginning your application.


Undergraduate applicants

Undergraduates must apply to both the BTP program and to PSU with separate applications.

  1. Create a Tk20 account to apply to the BTP program. Once your account is created, log in and click "Create a New Application," then select "BTP Elementary - Undergraduate ONLY" from the drop-down menu.
  2. Apply to PSU. Select "Undergraduate Transfer Student"; declare Liberal Studies as your major; and select the term start.

Application checklist

  • Must have a minimum of 120 transferable credits.
  • Completion of prerequisites is required prior to program start: MTH 211, 212, 213; LIB 428
  • Official transcripts from all institutions previously attended are required as part of the official application. This is true regardless of whether or not you earned a credential from that institution, or if those credits were transferred to another school. Transcripts should be sent to the Portland State University Admission Office, PO Box 751 Portland, OR 97207-0751. Electronic official transcripts should be emailed from your university to admissions@pdx.edu
    Transcripts are due by the application submission deadline. Applications without official transcripts submitted will be considered incomplete and may be disqualified from the review process or may not be reviewed in time for you to be admitted.
    Students will have any former transcripts on file automatically pulled and uploaded to their current GSE application. You do not need to re-submit these transcripts. 
    Students DO need to submit official transcripts if:
    • You attended another institution after your enrollment at PSU
    • You completed any additional coursework not reflected in your previously submitted transcripts
  • Identify two people to recommend you; one must be from your principal or supervisor.
  • Ensure official transcripts listed above include any prerequisite courses taken
  • Ensure your résumé is up to date
  • Gather official test scores or plan to take the National Evaluation Series Elementary Education sub tests I and II. Scores are required prior to the term you begin.
  • Note: If English is not your first language you may request extended time.
  • Please plan to take the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Scores are required prior to the term you begin.

Graduate applicants

First, check the application deadline for your program. To apply, create an account or sign into the Portland State University Admissions Application system. When prompted for the program, select "College of Education" as the College, and then "Bilingual Teacher Pathway BTP - Elementary, MEd" as your program of study.

Application checklist

  • Must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university by end of the term before you begin
  • Program-specific application
  • Unofficial transcripts are accepted by the College of Education for the program application. 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
  • Résumé
  • Gather official test scores or plan to take the National Evaluation Series Elementary Education sub tests I and II. Scores are required prior to the term you begin.
  • Note: If English is not your first language you may request extended time.
  • Please plan to take the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Scores are required prior to the term you begin.

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 about the application process?

If you have questions about the application process, contact askcoe@pdx.edu.
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