Teacher Pipeline Programs

Teacher Pipeline
Programs

Building a diverse teacher workforce takes intentional effort but creates lasting benefits for our students.

Bilingual Teacher Pipeline Program

The Bilingual Teacher Pipeline Program provides financial and academic support for bilingual 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 have four higher education partners: Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City, Rose State College and University of Central Oklahoma.

How to Participate
  1. Complete the Teacher Pipeline Programs Application and MOU and submit to dawn@okckids.com.
  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 position.
  • Must dedicate three years back to OKCPS once you become certified.


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 Download here

Diversity Teacher Pipeline Program

Inspired by the success of the Bilingual Teacher Pipeline Program, the Diversity Teacher Pipeline Program 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 application Teacher Pipeline Programs Application and MOU and submit to dawn@okckids.com.
  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 position.
  • Must dedicate three years back to OKCPS once you become certified.

 

OKCPS High School to Teacher Pipeline Program

As a way to fill the front of our pipeline and create a pathway for our graduates to become certified teachers, we are recruiting OKCPS high school students to apply for and join our Teacher Pipeline Programs. Download the flyer Here

If you have questions or are interested in participating in the OKCPS High School to Teacher Pathway, please email Dawn Darbon at dawn@okckids.com.

*The Teacher Pipeline Programs are only offered in our traditional Oklahoma City Public Schools.