• Portland Dual Language Teacher Residency Program

    Application Deadline:

    March 1, 2022 - Secondary candidates

    May 1, 2022 - Elementary candidates 

    Updated September 2021


    Bilingual educators make a difference for bilingual students. Portland Public Schools recruits, trains and retains highly bilingual candidates from our community to become dual language educators and leaders in order to close the opportunity gap for historically underserved students and to invest in our linguistically diverse community. 

    The Portland Dual Language Teacher Residency Program (formerly the Dual Language Teacher Fellows Program) is recruiting bilingual candidates for its sixth cohort of dual language educators. PPS’ alternative licensure program was highlighted in a 2017 New America research article: “Building a Bilingual Teacher Pipeline.” 

    Just a few years ago, PPS faced double-digit bilingual teacher shortages as it expanded language immersion programs across the district in an effort to increase opportunities for historically underserved students. Now, more than half of the Teacher Residents are classroom teachers in nearly a dozen PPS schools.  All of the Teacher Residents are from our local community and are taking coursework at Portland State University or Oregon State University. 

    To qualify for the program, candidates must have a bachelor’s degree and show advanced proficiency in both English and a partner language. Teacher Residents currently speak Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Japanese, Arabic and Somali. 

    Candidates apply to the program beginning in December, complete a partner language assessment and the state exam "Protecting Students and Civil Rights." Second, candidates apply to Portland State University or Oregon State University and must be accepted into their teacher preparation program. The final step is to apply and be hired for a PPS teaching position, the same process as for external teacher candidates. Teacher Residents who accept a job offer would then apply for a Restricted Teaching License, which can be renewed twice as they complete their licensure coursework.

    For more information, contact Ms Lihong Dai, Teacher Residents Coordinator, at ldai@pps.net.

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