Application Process

Before you apply, carefully read through all of the information on this page.

  1. Make sure you have the Program Prerequisites.
  2. Review the Student Selection Criteria.
  3. Understand the Selection Process and Timelines.
  4. Read the Important Notice.
  5. Apply.

1) Program Prerequisites

All applicants must:

  • Be committed to teaching, and have documented, successful volunteer or paid experience working with young people in a culturally/ethnically diverse setting.
  • Verify background and experience that demonstrate contributions to cross-cultural learning and understanding based on a belief in the value of racial, cultural and ethnic
  • Demonstrate admissibility to Writing 121 and Math 65 based on PCC's placement test scores, or transcripts from within the last five years indicating grades of "B" or better in Writing 115 and Math 60. If applying at the PSU level, must have all lower division requirements completed and meet with a PTP-assigned advisor.
  • Complete and submit an application for Federal Student Financial Aid (FAFSA).
  • Be free of debt from educational grants and not be in default on educational loans.
  • Be a high school graduate or have satisfactorily completed the GED test.
  • Be enrolled or planning to enroll as a full-time lower division transfer student. Anyone with 20 or more college credits must have a transcript evaluation attached to the PTP application, and meet with the PTP advisor.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident status at the time of application, and be a resident of Oregon.
  • Submit completed application materials and official transcripts from all colleges attended.

2) Student Selection Criteria

Students will be selected based on the following criteria:

  1. Potential as a teacher, and commitment to teaching in urban, culturally/ethnically diverse classrooms, and to excellence in academic achievement.
  2. Readiness for Math 65, Writing 121 and rigorous college level work if applying at PCC, or successful completion of all lower division requirements if applying at the PSU level.
  3. Most recent grade point average (GPA) and potential for academic excellence.
  4. Relevant experience working with youth in culturally/ethnically diverse settings, and potential for contributing to cultural/ethnic diversity in teaching.
  5. References.
  6. Financial need.
  7. Ability to attend full-time.
  8. Expressed interest for teaching in subjects and in levels where there is high need for teachers.
  9. Overall: quality of written materials; quality of personal interview; motivation; background in and perspectives on cultural/ethnic diversity; expressed teaching interests.

3) Selection Process and Timelines

  • Applications are accepted year round, but are generally reviewed in the spring of each year. Approximately 15 new students (freshman) are admitted each fall. Students at the junior level or above are accepted as slots are available.
  • If written application materials are complete and minimum requirements have been met, students are interviewed by a PTP Selection Committee in late spring. Selected students then attend a program orientation during late summer, and begin classes in the fall. 
  • Students wishing to attend school in the fall of a given year are advised to have their application materials in by April of that same year. We also require that students apply for federal financial aid; this should be done in January of each year for the following academic year, but can be done at any time. Students who are not eligible for federal financial aid can still be considered for PTP, but need is an important consideration, and all applicants must file for aid to be considered.
    • Federal Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) forms can be picked up at any
      college financial aid office, or from your high school counseling office.
  • On rare occasions, an opening may occur during the academic year, in which case, qualified candidates with completed applications may be interviewed. If accepted, they can enter the program during winter or spring term.

4) Important Notice

Please read the following information carefully.

The Portland Teachers Program only pays for tuition, and requires students to attend school full time. "Full-time" equals a minimum of 12 credit hours per term. This means that you spend 12 hours per week in class, and at least two hours of studying for each hour you are in class. That can total 36 or more hours per week that you need to spend on school. There are at least some terms during your tenure in PTP when it will be necessary to take 15 credit hours in order to complete your degree within the limitations of the scholarship.

Given how much time school will take, and the fact that you must maintain a minimum 2.5 grade point average at PCC (and a 3.00 at PSU), you can see how difficult it would be to work a full time job and still do well in school. Therefore, we require that all applicants apply for federal financial aid each year. We also recommend the following:

  • That you do not work a full-time job while going to school.
  • That you seek out and apply for any cash scholarships for which you might be eligible.
  • That you seek out support from family and friends for everything from their patience and understanding, to help with childcare, books, housing, transportation, etc.
  • That you plan on living inexpensively during your tenure in school---no new cars, expensive vacations, house purchases, etc.
  • That you begin to plan financially for your graduate year in PTP, in which it is almost impossible to work at all. You will be doing student teaching all day, with graduate courses and studying in the evenings.

Financial difficulty is the number one reason that students drop out of the Portland Teachers Program. Therefore, students who are accepted into PTP must develop and submit a plan of how they will finance living expenses while they attend school.

5) Apply

Instructions: It is the applicant's responsibility to see that the application is complete, and that all supporting documents are submitted. Recommendation forms may be mailed separately, but interviews will be given only when all materials have been received.

  1. After talking with a PTP staff person, you can pick up an application in the PTP office, which is located at Portland Community College, Cascade Campus, 705 N. Killingsworth, Portland, Oregon, in CH 109. We do not mail applications out.
  2. Complete a PCC admissions form or a PSU admissions form, depending on your level.
  3. File an application for Federal Student Financial Aid (FAFSA).
  4. Attach to the application:
    • Two completed recommendation forms (included in application)
    • PCC placement test scores if applying at the freshman level.
    • Official copies of high school transcripts or GED certificate or transcripts from all previous colleges attended.
  5. Submit application materials to:

    Portland Teachers Program, PCC Cascade
    705 N. Killingsworth (CH 109)
    Portland, OR 97217
    Phone: 971-722-5020