Have a quick question about the Teacher Prep Student Support Services Program? 

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please reach out to our Director, Jen Koshnick, at koshnickj@wou.edu.

Q: How is TPSSS funded?

TPSSS is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Q: What is a Peer Outreach Mentor (POM)?

Peer Mentors are largely responsible for programming and outreach to their fellow TPSSS members. Here are a few of their responsibilities:

  • Coordinate events and workshops for SSS students.
  • Outreach to the WOU community (class visits, student organizations, visiting student groups, etc.) to inform students about the SSS program and how to apply.
  • Mentor/outreach to current SSS students. 
  • Marketing and event promotion utilizing various strategies, including social media.

If you have a question about the program or just want to talk to another student who’s in a similar position as you, feel free to reach out to one of our POMs!

Q: Can I be a part of WOU’s Student Enrichment Program (SEP) and TPSSS?

Unfortunately, no. Due to SEP also being a federally funded TRIO program, participation in only one program at one time is allowed. 

Q: I am not a U.S. Citizen and don’t qualify for this program. Where else can I receive help?

WOU’s Student Enrichment Program (SEP) provides similar services/opportunities to TPSSS and does not have US citizenship/Permanent Residency as one of their funding requirements. Here is a link to the SEP website if you’d like to learn more!

Q: Is there a limit to the number of students TPSSS can serve?

Yes, our program is limited in the amount of students we can serve (140 students).

Q: Do I have to meet every eligibility criteria to be admitted into TPSSS?

No! In order to qualify for the program, you must be working towards your first undergraduate degree in teaching and meet one of the following criteria:

  • Be a “first generation” undergraduate college student.
  • Meet federal financial eligibility requirements.
  • Have a documented disability.

Each application that is submitted goes through a review process to determine the student’s eligibility and need.

Q: Is there a deadline to apply for the program?

Currently, there is no set deadline and we are accepting applications! Apply today!

Q: Can I apply for TPSSS as a transfer student?

Yes, transfer students are welcome to apply!

Q: What is the ORELA?

ORELA stands for Oregon Educator Licensure Assessments. The ORELA program consists of educator licensure tests designed to measure a candidate’s knowledge and skills in relation to applicable Oregon standards.

Under Oregon law, educators must hold the appropriate license prior to beginning employment in a public school or Education Service District. Receiving an initial license includes passing the appropriate licensure tests. For the complete list of tests required for licensure, prospective teachers should review the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission’s website.