The Future Bilingual Teacher Fellows program is Route 1, Alternative Route to Certification partnership between Mount Vernon Schools and Western Washington University.
Madison Elementary School is a bilingual school in our partner district, Mount Vernon Schools. Cecilia Guzman, a Woodring alumna and current graduate student, is a first grade teacher at Madison.
Who: Although the two-year (8 academic quarter) program is designed to support working paraeducators, this program is open to Skagit, Whatcom and Western students, in addition to school and/or community members, especially those who are bilingual, have a background in bilingual education or second language acquisition and who demonstrate a commitment to supporting students adding English as an additional language. The program began in summer 2018.
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)
- Passing West-B score by June 1, 2018
- Completion of English 101 with a grade of B- or better
- Completion of the math prerequisite with a grade of C or better (e.g. MATH 099 at Skagit Valley College)
- Must be able to spend up to 6 hours a week in an elementary school working with students, providing one-on-one, small group, and whole class instruction that matches the course expectations.
- Must be able to teach full-time a minimum of 5 full weeks (or ½ time for one complete school year) to complete teacher certification requirements during your final quarter.
Where: Teaching fellows work in schools throughout Mount Vernon Schools in Skagit county.
When: Cohort 2 begins Summer 2018. Fellows who complete the two year program will graduate with a bachelor’s degree and Washington State teaching certification in June of 2020.
Why: Woodring College of Education has a commitment to increasing the number of bilingual teachers from the communities in which they live.
How much: Tuition is $2921 per quarter for 8 quarters. Additional financial aid opportunities are available through Western Washington University.
Endorsements offered: Elementary Education, English Language Learners, Bilingual, and Reading.