Programs of Study

The Department of Dual Language and English Learner Education (formerly Policy Studies Department) prepares 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. 

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 credential authorizes teachers to teach in designated English Language Development (ELD) classrooms, and to provide specially designated content instruction in English.


Professional Development Certificates

The Online professional development 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.

Note: You can obtain this Professional Development Certificate in 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.


Masters in Education

The Masters Program provides teachers and others in the education profession with skills in critiquing current school programs from a social equity and social justice perspective. The program consists of 30 units (10 courses). Students typically complete two courses (6 units) per semester in either a hybrid or a fully online program. The program may include one or two summer courses as available.

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    San Diego State University collaborates with the renowned faculty of the Claremont Graduate University in the operation of a joint Ph.D. program. The SDSU-CGU doctoral program develops educational scholars who are committed to research on democratic schooling, social justice and equal educational outcomes for all students, as well as the improvement of educational systems serving diverse communities.
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