Teacher Pipeline Programs

Bilingual Teacher Pipeline Program

The Bilingual Teacher Pipeline Program (BTPP) provides financial and academic support for paraprofessionals already working in OKCPS to earn their teaching certification. Upon successful completion, the bilingual paraprofessionals become full-time teachers in OKCPS.

Participants’ books, tuition and certification tests are completely covered.

We offer coursework at four locations: Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City, Rose State College and University of Central Oklahoma.

Some participants will be ready for teacher certification within two years; others will take four years.

How to Participate

  1. Complete the BTPP Application and submit to [email protected].
  2. Have your principal fill out our Teacher Pipeline Programs Principal Recommendation Form.

Note: Students enrolled in courses with clinical or observational hours need to complete these steps 30 days prior to the course beginning.

Eligibility

  • Must be bilingual.
  • Must be an OKCPS employee for a minimum of one year in a paraprofessional or similar position.
  • Must dedicate three years back to OKCPS once you become certified.

*The Bilingual Teacher Pipeline Program does not extend to charter schools in the Oklahoma City Public School district.


Pathways to Bilingual Teaching Careers

There are several different pathways to bilingual teaching careers. Download our flyers to learn which path works for you.

Pathway to Bilingual Teaching Careers | Caminos para Carreras de Enseñanza Bilingüe


Diversity Pipeline Program

Inspired by the success of the Bilingual Teacher Pipeline Program (BTPP), the Diversity Pipeline Program (DPP) is for all paraprofessionals of color. OKCPS is committed to increasing diversity in its teacher ranks, because it improves outcomes for students. The Diversity Pipeline Program gives valued OKCPS employees the chance to finish college and earn their teaching certificate - with no debt - while staying employed full time.

The new initiative is made possible by Ray and Pat Potts, who donated $56,000 for the first year and will provide challenge grants for the following two years.

How to Participate

  1. Complete the DPP Application and submit to [email protected].
  2. Have your principal fill out our Teacher Pipeline Programs Principal Recommendation Form.

Eligibility

  • Person of color.
  • Must be an OKCPS employee for a minimum of one year in a paraprofessional or similar position.
  • Must dedicate three years back to OKCPS once you become certified.

*The Diversity Pipeline Program does not extend to charter schools in the Oklahoma City Public School district. Students enrolled in courses with clinical or observational hours need to complete these steps 30 days prior to the course beginning.