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

Program FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) for MA and Certificate

DLE MA in Education 

Master's Degree Program in Dual Language and English Learner Education (Critical Literacy & Social Justice or Outside Emphasis)

  1. How will this program help me be a better educator?
  2. How long will it take to complete the Master's program? 
  3. What courses will I be taking?
  4. Are the courses available online?
  5. What qualities is DLE looking for in an applicant?

Dual Language or ELD Certificate Program 

  1. How will this program help me be a better educator? 
  2. Are the certificates the same thing as authorizations?
  3. How long will it take to complete the Certificate program? 
  4. Can I take the classes online?  
  5. Can I apply these classes to a Master’s Degree?

Application and Admission 

  1. Where do I apply and when are the application deadlines?         
  2. What are the requirements for admission?   
  3. What do I select as my Program of Study in the drop-down menu?   
  4. Can I apply to the MA and a Certificate Program concurrently?   
  5. What if I am accepted now, but need to defer for personal reasons?  
  6. How do I submit letters of recommendation?  
  7. I applied for the Master's program in a different department so I am starting a new application for the dual-language certificate. Do I still need to pay the $55 fee?   
  8. I am a current or former SDSU student. Do you still need my transcripts?   
  9. I applied to the wrong program. How can I amend my application?   
  10. Can I use the same Statement of Purpose for the CSU application and the Supplementary Application? 

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Course and Program Specific

DLE Master's Degree Program in Dual Language and English Learner Education (Critical Literacy & Social Justice or Outside Emphasis)

How will this program help me be a better educator?

The DLE MA Program provides teachers and those in the education profession with skills to transform current school programs from a social equity and social justice perspective. The program is designed to . . . .

  1. Develop school-wide curriculum change focused on critical literacy, aligned with current standards (e.g., Common Core) and accessible to all students. 
  2. Integrate language, culture, and codes of power as part of the development of school programs.
  3. Examine curriculum from a constructivist perspective that recognizes the voices of students, community and teachers as one learning community who inform curriculum and program design.
  4. Introduce participants to the concepts and the authors of critical pedagogy; a theory of education that gives professionals the opportunity to reflect on their own educational beliefs, practices, and processes in the context of standard curriculum, high stakes testing, and curriculum reform.
  5. Gives teachers the voice and tools to reflect upon their teaching methodology vis-a-vis their students’ language development and critical thinking;
  6. Promote equality and social justice through action research within the school and community.
* Attention to and strategies for working with English Learners and other emergent bilinguals are embedded throughout the courses.

 

How long will it take to complete the program?

The MA program is 30 units and can be completed in about 5 semesters. The last semester will involve completing a research project.

What courses will I be taking?

The courses you take depend on which option you select and the current class schedule. The Programs of Study for the two options are available at the following link: http://go.sdsu.edu/education/dle/mastersprogram.aspx

Are the courses available online?

The MA program is hybrid, including both classroom-based and online classes. DLE 553, 600, 650 and 651 have options that are entirely online.  DLE 604 is sometimes offered online through the College of Extended Studies (CES). CES courses are not included in your regular fees and must be paid separately.

What qualities is DLE looking for in an applicant?

We are looking for candidates who are passionate about Dual Language and English Learner Education. Our students will be required to reflect on their current practice and conduct action research to benefit their students and school community. Educators and administrators who apply should have an attitude of continuous improvement and excel at working collaboratively with their colleagues.

Students enter our program from a variety of contexts.  A teaching credential is not required as long as you have experience in education and an interest in Social Justice.

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Dual Language or ELD Certificate Programs

How will this program make me a better educator?

English Language Development for Academic Literacy Certificate: This certificate program provides K-12 teachers and other education professionals with specialized preparation for developing academic literacy assessment, curriculum, and teaching methods specifically designed to meet the needs of English Language Learners (ELLs). 

Dual Language Certificate: The purpose of this certificate program is to provide, K-12 teachers and other education professionals with specialized course work in Dual Language programming. This construct provides instruction in two languages and is aimed for preK-12 students to develop competencies in bilingualism, biliteracy and biculturalism/ multiculturalism. 

Are the certificates the same thing as authorizations?

No, these are professional development certificates for practicing teachers. Applicants are expected to already have their EL or Bilingual authorizations. 

How long will it take to complete the program?

The certificate program is 12 units and can be completed in two semesters or spread out over four semesters.

Can I take the classes online?

Yes! We are very excited to offer the Certificate courses online or as an embedded all-online option within a hybrid class.

Can I apply these classes to a Master’s Degree?

If you took your certificate classes stateside, all certificate courses can be counted toward the DLE Master's Degree Program in Education with a specialization in Critical Literacy & Social Justice. If you took them via College of Extended Studies, only three of the courses can apply as there is a 9-unit transfer limit. To find out if the certificate coursework would apply in another school or department, please communicate directly with that department. 

 

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Application and Admission

Where do I apply and when are the application deadlines?
New cohorts start every fall. Applications for the following year open October 1 and close March 1. Submit two applications, one to the CSU and one to DLE. Click on the links below to access the applications.

Cal State Apply

  • Fall applications open: October 1-March 1

Supplementary Program Application  

  • Fall Deadline: March 15 (but Cal State Apply application must be submitted by March 1) 



What are the requirements for admission?

Credential:

MA:

  1. 2.85 GPA (Overall or in last 60 units) 
  2. International graduate applicants must also have:
  3. GRE Scores
  4. 2 letters of recommendation
  5. 500-word Statement of Purpose (Okay to use same essay for CSU and department applications)
  6. Official transcript from degree and credential granting institutions
  7. Entrance Interview (scheduled in March/April)
  8. Payment of intent to enroll fee by the deadline posted on Web Portal (usually early May or June)

Certificate:

  1. Currently hold a CA teaching or administrative credential
    • - Exception available for non-credentialed teachers interested in the ELD certificate.           - 
    • Bilingual credential required for teachers seeking Dual Language Certificate.
  2. One letter of recommendation from a school principal or supervisor
  3. 500 to 800-word Statement of Purpose
  4. Official transcript from credential - granting institution (3.0 minimum GPA in graduate work)

What do I select as my Program of Study in the drop-down menu?

If applying to the MA, the Program of Study is listed either as: Education: Dual Lang and Eng Learner (MA) or Education: Dual Lang & EL Educ. (Critical Literacy and Social Justice) (MA).

If applying for a DL or ELD Certificate, choose: Post Baccalaureate Certificate, then select Main Campus (not online or hybrid even through the program offers those options) and choose Dual Language for Academic Literacy or English Language Development for Academic Literacy. Be aware that your program options won't show up until applications open October 1st. 

Can I apply to the MA and a Certificate Program concurrently?

Yes. Apply to MA first. If you are also interested in the Dual Language (DL) or English Language Development (ELD) certificate, there is one extra step to follow. You will need to download a “Request for permission to enter an advanced certificate program,” fill it out, and send to the DLE graduate advisor, Dr. Tamara Collins-Parks (tcollins-parks@mail.sdsu.edu) to be signed and forwarded to the graduate division. This makes sure that you are properly recorded as being in both the MA and certificate programs.

Forms can be found at:

http://newscenter.sdsu.edu/gra/images/permission_to_enter_an_adv_cert_prog.pdf

What if I am accepted now, but need to defer for personal reasons?

Please talk to your advisor as soon as possible if you need to defer. You will need to reapply to CSU Mentor upon your return.

How do I submit letters of recommendation?

Letters of recommendation should be requested electronically, as part of the supplemental department application process.

Tip: Check back often as not everyone submits on time! If you are having trouble getting a letter from one recommender, switch out to another.

I applied for the Master's program in a different department so I am starting a new application for the Dual-Language certificate. Do I still need to pay the $55 fee? 

No. Just complete a second Supplemental Department Application for the certificate. Once you are accepted to the other program, download a “Request for permission to enter an advanced certificate program,” fill it out, and send to the DLE graduate advisor, Dr. Tamara Collins-Parks (tcollins-parks@mail.sdsu.edu) to be signed and forwarded to the graduate division. This makes sure that you are properly recorded as being in both the MA and certificate programs.

I am a current or former SDSU student. Do you still need my transcripts?

You do not need to submit SDSU transcripts. You only need to submit additional transcripts for coursework that was completed after your time at SDSU. The transcripts sent in with your original application and coursework while at SDSU are all on file. Exception: if you graduated more than 5 years ago, your transcripts from outside institutions will have been purged and only the SDSU transcripts will remain. In that case you will need to make sure new transcripts are sent from the outside institutions. 

I applied to the wrong program. How can I amend my application?

If you applied to the wrong program, please contact Graduate Admissions at 619-594-6336, as soon as possible to amend your application.

Can I use the same Statement of Purpose for the CSU application and the Supplementary Application?

Yes. There is no need to write a separate Statement of Purpose. On the CSU application write in "See department application."

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Scholarships and Financial Aid

 How much does the program cost? 

For information about the cost of graduate programs and Financial Aid, check out the SDSU Admissions website: http://arweb.sdsu.edu/es/admissions/costs.html.  The estimates provided there are for full time tuition across an entire year.  Certificate and MA students taking 6 units or less (the standard load in our program) pay Part Time Graduate Tuition. Your part time costs per semester will be significantly less. For the tuition and fees break-down for part time students, see http://bfa.sdsu.edu/financial/student/money.aspx

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