Pathways in Education
What is the Pathways in Education Program?This project is a collaborative partnership between Springfield, Eugene and Bethel School Districts; the University of Oregon; Pacific University; and Northwest Christian University. These six organizations are working together to transform teacher preparation by designing a single pipeline capable of producing effective, culturally and linguistically diverse teachers. The project consists of four distinct focus areas including recruitment-selection, clinical practice, hiring-placement, and mentoring-induction. Taken together, the four areas and the proposed links within our project design yield the opportunity both to eliminate the gap between our changing student demographic and the demographic of our teaching staff while producing high quality teachers. It is our intent, when fully implemented, to work with over 50 student teachers per year and to eliminate the persistent diversity gap in our teaching staff within the next ten years.Why do we need the Pathways in Education Program?Over the past 12 years, the percentage of students from diverse cultural backgrounds has more than tripled in Springfield Public Schools (SPS) from just over ten percent to 32%. During the same time period, SPS has seen only a slight increase in the number of teachers from diverse backgrounds currently reaching just over ten percent. The gap that exists in Springfield reflects the gap throughout the state of Oregon first acknowledged in the 1991 Minority Teacher Act, a gap that has continued to grow over the past twenty-four years. The Pathways in Education program is designed to address this persistent issue by producing and supporting effective teachers who mirror the diversity of students in our classrooms.What does the Pathways in Education provide?
- Individualized academic support throughout the program, from application to license
- Professional development seminars
- Financial support and information about loans, grants and scholarships
- Workshops/tutoring to boost study skills and test-taking abilities
- Career and academic advising
- Financial Assistance - Scholarships are awarded based on need/education status. Monies awarded are pending per term and allocated directly to the attending college after all other grants and scholarships have been applied to a student account. Pathways does NOT make cash payments directly to students nor does the program pay over the balance owing (regardless if the dollar amount is less than original award projected).
What financial assistance does the Pathways in Education Program provide?
The Pathways in Education Program provides successful candidates with tuition scholarships ranging between $2,500 and $15,000 to attend Northwest Christian University, University of Oregon, Pacific University or Lane Community College. Scholarships are paid directly to the attending college on a per term basis dependent on successful completion of each term, maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA, and making adequate progress toward licensure.Plan and pay for college?While the Pathways in Education program helps to covers the cost of tuition, it is not intended to completely fund a student's education. Participants will need to pay application fees, housing, textbooks, testing fees, licensure fees, additional tuition costs and other educational items as needed. Applicants are required to complete a FAFSA and are encouraged to visit the Office of Student Access and Completion website for more information pertaining to the Oregon Opportunity Grant, Oregon Promise (and the Oregon Student Aid Application - ORSAA).
What are the prerequisites?
Candidates for the Lane Country Pathways in Education program must have graduated from high school and qualify for admittance to one of our consortia partners: UO, Pacific or NCU (or plan to attend LCC to obtain an AAOT). In addition, the Pathways program is working to diversify our teaching force in three ways: linguistically, culturally, and socio-economically. We are actively seeking people who speak multiple languages, are culturally diverse, and/or are first-generation college students. Meeting one* of these descriptors is required in order to be eligible for the Pathways program. Priority will be given to individuals meeting in more than one eligibility area.
*First generation college students should also meet in one of the other eligibility categories.
How do I apply?
The online application window opens in December of each year, closing in the following January.