Highline Location

Highline Location Now Accepting  Inquiries for Summer 2020 

program pending grant funding

The Future Bilingual Teacher Fellows program is Route 1, Alternative Route to Certification partnership between Highline Schools and Western Washington University. 

Who: The two-year (8 academic quarters) program supports employed paraeducators who seek to become K-8 certified teachers.  The program will begin summer 2020 pending funding.

Bilingual paraeducators become Bilingual Teaching Fellows in Highline Public Schools (available to current employees and new applicants).   To be considered, candidates must meet the following:

  • A Direct Transfer Agreement Associate Degree (DTA-AA) from a Washington State community college or equivalent
  • A minimum 2.75 GPA (cumulative or last 45+ graded credits)
  • Meet the West-B/Basic Skill requirement by June 22, 2020 (Check link for updated information on requirement)
  • Completion of English 101 with a grade of B- or better
  • Completion of the math prerequisite with a grade of C or better (Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, or Pre-Calculus course at a regionally accredited college or university within the last five years OR ALEKS Math Placement Assessment with a minimum score of 45 required)
  • Bilingual
  • Apply as a Bilingual Fellow at Highline School District


Where:  Teaching fellows work in schools throughout Highline Public Schools in southwest King county.  Classes take place in a flexible hybrid format with classes offered in the evenings, weekends and online.

When:  Pending grant funding, cohort 3 will begin Summer 2020. Fellows who complete the two year program will graduate with a bachelor’s degree and Washington State teaching certification in June of 2022.

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.  

How much:  An $8,000/year conditional loan, for each of the two years, covers most of the tuition, leaving participants with about $5,000/year to pay in remaining tuition and other fees.  Additional financial aid opportunities may be available through Western Washington University.  

Endorsements offered: Elementary Education, English Language Learners, Bilingual, and Reading.

Additional Information:

Pipeline for Paraeducators Conditional Loan Scholarship