What: The Woodring Highline Future Bilingual Teacher Fellow (FBTF) Program is a Route 1, Alternative Route to Certification partnership between Highline Schools and Western Washington University. The route supports employed paraprofessionals who seek to become K-8 certified teachers and 8 academic quarters (2 years).
Who: Bilingual paraprofessionals will become Bilingual Teaching Fellows in Highline Public Schools (available to current employees and new applicants). To be considered, candidates will need to:
- demonstrate a high level of language skills in English and an additional language
- a transferable Associate of Arts (AA) degree or higher
- pass the WEST-B Requirement
- 2.75 GPA (cumulative or last 45+ graded credits)
Where: Bilingual teaching fellows will be placed in schools throughout Highline Public Schools in Southwest King County. Classes take place in a flexible hybrid format with some classes being offered in the evenings, weekends, and online.
Endorsements offered:Elementary Education, English Language Learners, Bilingual, and Reading.
Note: Current cohort is currently on the second year of the two year program.
When: The program begins Summer 2016. Bilingual teaching fellows will continue to be employed, work and study over two years. Fellows who complete the program will graduate with a bachelor’s degree June of 2018 and Washington State teaching certification.
Why: Highline Public Schools has a bold goal that all students will graduate bilingual and biliterate, and seeks to recruit bilingual teachers from our community.
How: Bilingual teaching fellows will work full time in paraprofessional roles, maintaining regular salary and benefits. Through their work as paraprofessionals, they will practice and deepen their study with Western Washington University’s Woodring College of Education. Courses will be held locally and online.
How much: An $8,000/year scholarship covers most of the tuition, leaving participants with about $3,000/year to pay in remaining tuition and other fees. Students may be considered for additional financial aid opportunities through Western Washington University.