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Why choose Education at PCC?


The Oregon Employment Department reports that for the Portland area, the average annual salary is $35,973 for paraprofessional educators and $82,277 for teachers.

Is what you are doing right now positively affecting someone else’s life? If you are an educator, the answer is probably “yes.” If you want to dedicate your life to educating others, PCC is the right place to start. Whether you are seeking a career in education or want to keep your license current and update your skills through re-licensing classes, PCC is here to help you help others. We offer:

Grow Your Own Pathways

These are tuition-supported pathways for working and future BIPOC employees of local school districts to become licensed educators. Participating school districts (SDs) and organizations include:

For more information, fill out the Future Educator intake form.

If you are a BIPOC student interested in transferring to Portland State University, and becoming a teacher through PSU’s Teacher Education Program, you may be eligible to apply to the?Rise to Teach Program. This is a tuition-supported pathway for students who can attend college full-time.

Teacher Relicensing

PCC can also help you keep your teaching license current. Most Education Department courses numbered 101 or above are accepted by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) to meet relicensing requirements – contact TSPC regarding your individual requirements.

Degrees and certificates

Awards with a icon can be earned completely online, or you can choose a mix of online and on-campus classes.

Degrees and certificates by number of terms to complete
Award Length Financial aid eligible Currently accepting students?
Transfer Associate Degree: Elementary Education2 years at PCC + 2 years at university
Transfer Associate Degree: University Transfer2 years at PCC + 2 years at university
Associate Degree: Educator2 years
Certificate: Paraprofessional EducatorLess than 1 year
Career Pathway Certificate: CTE EducatorLess than 1 year


What will you learn?

Our coursework will prepare you to resolve everyday challenges? and provides learning opportunities regarding educational history, equity, laws and other issues relevant to the profession. This program also gives students the tools to successfully support teachers in planning, presenting and evaluating instruction and learning.

What will you do?

As a classroom teacher, you will have one of the most important jobs in our society. Employment of kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers in the Portland area is expected to increase by 8.7% through 2027 according to the Oregon Employment Division. Science, math, special education, and bilingual teachers will be in great demand.

Next steps

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