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Grant Program for Teaching English Language Learners

Improving outcomes and opportunities for English learners is a key priority in Oregon. To realize this goal, it is crucial to increase educators’ knowledge and skills for effectively teaching English learners and foster sustained partnerships between schools and ELs’ families and communities.
This unique program – TEAMS (Teachers Educating All Multilingual Students) – provides teachers the opportunity to take a leadership role and make a positive difference in the lives of English learners and bilingual students in their school and community.

The TEAMS project funds 80 teachers from five partner districts to complete a rigorous sequence of Ecampus courses leading to state certification. To date, 38 teachers in 23 schools who educate 2,139 students, including 428 ELs, have completed the program. A second cohort of 40 teachers will begin the program in Summer 2019.


  • TEAMS is a $2.5 million, five-year federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education Office of English Language Acquisition. Oregon State University will partner with five school districts – Greater Albany, Beaverton, Bend-La Pine, Corvallis and Springfield to support teachers in obtaining their ESOL endorsement.
  • Tuition costs will be covered by grant funds.
  • Teachers will work in district-based groups to complete OSU course work to earn their ESOL endorsement.

Additional Benefits for participants:

  • Take six online courses to earn 18 graduate-level credits from Oregon State University
  • Courses are developed and taught by faculty members in OSU’s College of Education
  • The online courses are delivered by OSU Ecampus, a national leader in online education
  • Meet personal professional development goals
  • Network with like-minded peers
  • Completing the courses may help with district salary scales
  • ESOL credits may be transferred to meet option requirements within OSU’s Ed.M. program in K-12 Education



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