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SDSU Department of Dual Language and English Learner Education (formerly Policy Studies in Language & Cross-Cultural Education)

Bilingual Credential Programs

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. 

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. 

Warning!

If you are planning to enter the credential program next year (2014-15), be sure to enroll in your prerequisite courses, including DLE 515 in Fall 2013 and DLE 415 in Spring 2014. These particular courses are only offered once a year.

Scholarship opportunities available to participants living or employed in San Diego County. Visit Project CORE for more information.

Single Subject and Multiple Subject Programs

The Single Subject Bilingual Credential (Secondary Grades 6-12) is available for students interested in teaching in a bilingual Spanish middle or secondary school classroom in the candidates’ subject major (e.g., Science, Math, Social Science, English, Spanish, etc). This credential authorizes the holder to teach in any self-contained Spanish bilingual or regular classroom in which one teacher is responsible for teaching the given subject area. Because courses on methods of teaching subject areas are taught in Spanish as well as English, candidates must meet language of emphasis proficiency requirements. You can complete your professional coursework and student teaching in two semesters and approximately 50% of the total program is devoted to student teaching.

The Multiple Subject Bilingual Credential (Elementary K–6 Education) is available to students interested in teaching in a bilingual Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, Mandarin or Filpino credential elementary school classroom. This 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 the elementary schools. Because courses on methods of teaching subject areas are taught in Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, Mandarin or Filpino as well as English, candidates must meet the respective language of emphasis proficiency requirements. You can complete your professional coursework and student teaching in two semesters and approximately 50% of the total program is devoted to student teaching.

Bilingual Credential Advising

Prospective Student Advising is available through the Office of Student Services, your "one-stop-shop" for everything from advising to financial aid.

Visit the OSS Program Advising, for more information or contact directly at coeadvis@mail.sdsu.edu | (619) 594-6320

FAQ - Bilingual Credential Programs

Application Deadlines

The CSU MENTOR deadline to apply to SDSU for Fall 2014 is March 1, 2014. 

The Fall 2014 deadline to apply to the department for the Bilingual Multiple Subject or Bilingual Single Subject Credential program is March 15, 2014.

How to Apply

All College of Education graduate-level programs require that you complete two online applications:

  1. CSU Mentor Application
  2. Supplementary Program Application

Visit COE Apply Now for more information.