Mount Vernon Location


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

Skagit Teacher Fellow Info Session

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.

Additional Information:

Pipeline for Paraeducators Conditional Loan Scholarship