Our programs prepare bilingual and cross-cultural teachers, administrators, and other educators who are reflective and transformational practitioners in addressing the needs of ethnically and linguistically diverse learners through collaboration with schools, families and community. We work closely with schools and districts to support the needs of English learners in K–12 classrooms and the professional development of biliteracy teachers.

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Programs of Study

American Sign Language

American Sign Language (ASL) classes meet the foreign language requirements for SDSU undergraduates.

Bilingual Credential Program

The Bilingual Credential is available to students interested in teaching in a bilingual elementary school classroom. The credential authorizes the holder to teach in any self-contained bilingual or regular classroom in which one teacher is responsible for all the subjects commonly taught. In addition, it authorizes the teacher to provide instruction in the primary language. Also, the Bilingual Credential authorizes teachers to teach in designated English Language Development (ELD) classrooms, and to provide specially designated content instruction in English.

Master of Arts in Dual Language and English Learner Education

The master's program provides teachers and others in the education profession with skills in critiquing current school programs from a social equity and social justice perspective. Two options available: Critical Literacy & Social Justice Specialization (online) and main DLE M.A. (hybrid).

Advanced Certificates

The Online Advanced Certificates prepare teachers with knowledge and skills that align rigorous content standards with levels of language proficiency, a critical aspect of delivering comprehensible and quality instruction to Emergent Bilinguals and English Learners. Certificate completion time is 2-4 semesters. In addition, all courses completed with a grade of B or better are applicable to the Master of Arts degree in Education.

Bilingual Added Authorization

California has a historic need for bilingual teachers to meet the needs of students, families and communities as well as meet global competencies. With the passage of California Proposition 58, more dual language schools have opened and there is an even deeper need for teachers with bilingual authorizations and dual language expertise. This Bilingual Added Authorization is open to all teachers who hold a preliminary or clear California credential for multiple or single subject teaching and are interested in adding the bilingual authorization.

Related Programs

Non-bilingual programs in education