Bilingual Added Authorization with an Emphasis in Biliteracy for K-12

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. 

Bilingual Added Authorization

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. The program is currently offered for Spanish/English. For those interested in adding other languages to include Arabic, Japanese, Mandarin, or Tagalog, please contact the department for details on pathway for these languages.


* If you do not yet have a credential, see the bilingual single or multiple subject credential page to find out how to earn your credential and your bilingual authorization simultaneously.


Under this program, teachers with existing 2042 credentials* and bilingual competence can take a series of four courses to develop their expertise in dual language programming, legal obligations, theories, curriculum. and pedagogy. Upon satisfactory completion, teachers are eligible to apply to CTC to add a bilingual authorization to their existing credential. Courses at the 500 or above level that are taken post-credential may also be applied to the DLE Masters in Education. 
  1. DLE 415 Biliteracy Foundations for Teaching and Learning in Diverse Communities (4)
  2. DLE 515 Multilingual Education: Theory and Practice for Biliteracy Teachers (3)
  3. DLE 532 Biliteracy Teaching in Language Arts for Elementary Students (3) OR DLE 604 Learning and Teaching Language in a Dual Language Setting (3)
  4. DLE 653 Language Development in K-12 Multilingual Classrooms (3)