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. This two year (8 academic quarters) route supports employed paraeducators who seek to become K-8 certified teachers.
Who: Bilingual paraeducators become Bilingual Teaching Fellows in Highline Public Schools (available to current employees and new applicants). To be considered, candidates need to:
- demonstrate a high level of language skills in English and an additional language
- have completed a transferable Associate of Arts (AA) degree or equivalent
- pass the WEST-B Requirement
- have a 2.75 GPA (cumulative or last 45+ graded credits)
Where: Bilingual teaching fellows work 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: Cohort 1 will graduate June 2018. Now seeking applicants for Cohort 2.
When: Cohort 2 begins Summer 2018. 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 and Washington State teaching certification in June of 2020.
Why: Highline Public Schools has a bold goal that all students will graduate bilingual and biliterate, and seeks to recruit bilingual teachers from the community. Woodring College of Education has a commitment to increasing the number of bilingual teachers from the communities in which they live.
How: Bilingual teaching fellows work full time in paraeducator roles, maintaining regular salary and benefits. Through their work as paraeducators, they practice and deepen their study with Western Washington University’s Woodring College of Education. Courses are held locally and online.
How much: An $8,000/year conditional loan, for each of the two years, covers most of the tuition, leaving participants with about $3,000/year to pay in remaining tuition and other fees. Additional financial aid opportunities may be available through Western Washington University.