Program Information

Receiving Inquiries for 2022

Group of people in the Future Bilingual Teaching Fellows program


The two-year (8 academic quarter) program supports employed bilingual paraeducators who seek to become K-8 certified teachers.  

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, bachelor’s degree, or satisfaction of Western Washington University’s General University Requirements (GURs)
  • A minimum 2.75 GPA (cumulative or last 45+ graded credits)
  • Meet the West-B/Basic Skills requirement
  • Meet the English composition course requirement with a minimum grade of B-. 
  • 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).
  • Apply as a Bilingual Fellow at Highline School District. (Call 206-631-3035 ​​​for information on applying to Highline.)
  • For more information on WWU admission requirements, contact


Program of study leads to a Bachelor of Arts in Education, with a Washington State Residency Certificate with endorsements in Elementary Education, English Language Learners (ELL) and/or Bilingual Education (BE).


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.


Cohort 3 began in 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. Program currently receiving inquiries for Summer 2022.


Highline Public Schools has a bold goal that all students will graduate bilingual and bi-literate, 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.


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 and/or Bilingual Education.

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