Bilingual Credential Programs
The Department of Policy Studies in Language and Cross Cultural Education 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.
If you are planning to enter the credential program next year (2014-15), be sure to enroll in your prerequisite courses, including PLC 515 in Fall 2013 and PLC 415 in Spring 2014. These particular courses are only offered once a year.