The teacher population is not reflecting the student population. In Texas, there are 968,569 students enrolled in Bilingual/ESL Education. However, there are only 20,650 Bilingual/ESL teachers. These statistics represent an almost 1:50 teacher/student ratio.

The Traveling Teacher + BTLPT Program is an effective approach for passing the Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test that includes individualized and intensive test prep, total language immersion, and one-on-one language tutoring. After completion of this program, Casita Institute ensures success on the exam with our With You 'Til You Pass and Beyond guarantee. Click on the components below for more details.

The methodology of “total immersion” in language learning is effective at promoting rapid language acquisition and fostering the confidence needed to be .

The Language Study component serves to fine tune students' skills in the four language domains.

The intensive course helps students practice strategies and get comfortable with the testing environment.

Traveling Teacher + BTLPT Program is May 14 - JULY 21, 2018

This program prepares teachers to pass the July administration of the BTLPT. The course begins with evening Language Study classes, followed by the Immersion Experience, and ending with the 5-day Intensive Course. Dates are as follows:

May 14 Language Study component begins

June 14 Pre-travel meeting

June 23 Airport pick-up in Guatemala City and travel to Antigua

June 24 Welcome breakfast and tour of Antigua

June 24 Travel to Quetzaltenango and meet your host family

June 25 First day of class!

July 13 Last day of class and graduation celebration!

July 14 Travel to Antigua, final group dinner, and celebration

July 15 Travel to Guatemala City airport and return home

July 16 Intensive Course begins

July 21 BTLPT administration window opens

July 30 BTLPT administration window closes

August 21 Scores are available and score analysis meetings take place


Most districts in the Austin area offer a $4,000 bilingual stipend - some also offer a signing bonus.


How much is it?

The cost of the Traveling Teacher + BTLPT Program is $3,500.


  • Language Study and Intensive Courses (27 hours of small group instruction)
  • Language Immersion Experience abroad
  • All in-country transportation, accommodations and meals
  • 75 hours one-on-one Spanish tutoring
  • In-country Casita Institute program coordinators
  • Volunteer coordination while abroad
  • Our Guarantee - With You ‘Til You Pass and Beyond...

I'm a school or district administrator. Why should I pay for this program?

  • We guarantee our support until your teacher passes the test at no additional charge.
  • Engaging and rewarding professional development increases teacher retention and helps build a stronger school culture.
  • We can supply you with a contract addendum designed to motivate teacher retention.

I'm a teacher. Do I have to pay this tuition?

Most school districts see the value of our program and will support their teachers. In addition, there are multiple grants out there to help educators fund this experience. We are advocates for our teacher clients and can help you navigate this process, but it's important to start the process as early as possible. Contact us for further information.


There are grants out there available to teachers who are interested! It is important to start the process as early as possible and we are more than happy to assist in this process. We will be hosting a Grant Writing Workshop in January - check in the Upcoming Events page for more details. If you are awarded grant money, we will reimburse any personal funds that were submitted prior to being awarded grant money.


$5,000 for individual teachers and $10,000 for a team of two or more teachers.

Applications due by February 2017.

The Rural Trust Global Teacher Fellowship program awards up to 25 fellowships a year to support the professional and personal development of rural teachers. The awards support teachers’ participation in self-designed summer learning experiences and a two-day place-based learning institute in the fall. Teachers are encouraged to center their learning in an international travel and study experience, out of which they develop interdisciplinary, place-based learning curricula aligned with their specific state and local content standards.


Two levels of funding are available: $2,000 (for individuals) and $5,000 (for groups).

Application deadlines are: February 1 (notified by April 15), June 1 (notified by September 15), and October 15 (notified by January 15).

Educators frequently need outside resources to engage in meaningful professional development due to limited district funding. Through our Learning & Leadership grants, the NEA supports the professional development of NEA members by providing grants to:

  • Individuals to participate in high-quality professional development like summer institutes, conferences, seminars, travel abroad programs, or action research
  • Groups to fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson plan development, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff.

Individuals may apply for up to $5,000, up to $10,000 for teams

Applications are available October 1, 2017 and due by January 31, 2017.

Fund for Teachers awards summer fellowship grants to pre-K-12 grade teachers to pursue self-designed professional learning. Teachers decide what they want to learn and where they want to learn it. Their odysseys take them all over the world—as scientists, researchers, artists and agents of change—and they return to their classrooms with new ideas that transform student learning and achievement.

Enjoyed the Traveling Teacher + BTLPT Program?

Casita Institute alumni can return to Guatemala the following year to continue benefiting from the immersion experience by applying for the Enrichment Fellowship. Click here to find out more!