Program Overview

Director: Deborah Cochrane | 971-722-5020

Portland Teachers Program students

PTP is committed to diversity, equity, excellence, community and collaboration. Key values that all PTP students are expected to follow during the program and throughout their career include self-development, self-discipline, self-respect, leadership, humbleness, integrity and service to others.

Students at all levels of PTP are required to attend seminars, colloquia and other meetings; practice PTP values; meet or exceed all program requirements involving academic performance, attitude, professionalism and attendance. Seminars and colloquia cover such topics as: issues in education for African American, Native American, Latino and Asian American students; race and class in America; white privilege and how it impacts education in America; teachers as leaders; multiculturalism; etc. Special advising, advocacy, peer networking and a range of support services continue throughout the program.

Once students graduate from The Portland Teachers Program and obtain their Oregon teaching license, they must apply for employment with Portland or Beaverton Schools, depending on individual agreements. If hired, they must agree to teach for a minimum of three years; otherwise, they must repay the scholarship money they have received. Graduates are expected to serve as a resource to other PTP students and to the program.

How does the Portland Teachers Program (PTP) work?

To learn how the program can work for you, click on the description that best fits your educational background:

1. Students with little or no college credit

Apply to PTP at Portland Community College. Tuition is provided for completion of lower division transfer coursework.

Approximately 15 new students are selected to begin each fall at PCC. After completing lower division requirements at PCC, students transfer to PSU for two years where they are awarded six terms of tuition to complete a baccalaureate degree in their chosen major and then a year in the Graduate Teacher Education Program.

Students who are eligible may also opt to transfer to the University of Portland as juniors, where they are awarded two years of tuition to complete a baccalaureate degree in education, and once teaching, arrangements can be made to complete master’s work at UP for a continuing teaching license.

PTP Eligibility requirements for PCC include:

  • Oregon residency
  • Readiness for Writing 121 and Math 65
  • Experience working with youth in culturally/ethnically diverse educational settings
  • Ability to attend school full time and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Background/experience demonstrating contributions to cross-cultural learning and understanding based on a belief in the value of racial, cultural and ethnic differences
  • Application for Federal Financial Aid

2. Students who are at junior level or better

Students are accepted throughout the year, as slots become available.

To be eligible:

  • Student must be an Oregon resident
  • Have all required lower division coursework completed
  • Be able to attend full time
  • Be able to maintain a minimum 3.00 GPA
  • Have documented experience with youth in culturally/ethnically diverse educational settings
  • Have background and experience that demonstrates contributions to cross-cultural learning and understanding based on a belief in the value of racial, cultural and ethnic differences
  • Apply for Federal Financial Aid

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