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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.

If you want to do something with your life that will make a difference – teach.

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: 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?

  • Transfer options: Current teacher preparation options include a brand new statewide degree that allows you to start your education courses at PCC, along with your general education coursework!
  • Educator associates degree: for non-licensed educators who plan to work with youth or adults in a variety of settings (including outdoor, international, garden, paraprofessional educators).
  • Paraprofessional educator certificate: for classified paraprofessional K-12 educators who prefer working with closely with 1-3 students will learn relevant strategies to best serve on instructional teams.
  • CTE Educator certificate: for industry professionals seeking to obtain an Oregon Restricted CTE license to teach CTE in high school.
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:

  • Multnomah CO: David Douglas SD, Gresham-Barlow SD, Parkrose SD, Centennial SD, Reynolds SD, Multnomah ESD, Latino Network, Oregon Association of Black School Educators.
  • Washington CO: Forest Grove SD, Beaverton SD, Hillsboro SD, Sherwood SD, Beaverton Black Parent Union, Adelante Mujeres, Mente, Centro Cultural, NAYA.

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 Teacher Scholarship 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.

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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Related programs

PCC offers more than 90 programs.