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Bilingual Education Cohort

This Advanced Graduate Certificate program will focus on methodologies designed to help teachers in their assessment of student learning so that they may distinguish between difficulties in comprehending content versus difficulties in mastering the academic language demand. This is a perspective unique to the ESOL/BE disciplines one which, arguably, all content area teachers would benefit from learning about. There will be multiple sources of student learning data to inform instruction. Candidates will learn about differentiated instruction based on needs, learning styles and cultural differences of their students.

The program is open to fluent speakers of Spanish who hold an initial, professional or permanent K-12 teaching certification (or are enrolled in such a program leading to such a certification) in any field except ENL/ESL/TESOL or a Language Other Than English (LOTE). Candidates who hold Spanish certification, for example, are not eligible for this program. Candidates holding other types of licenses valid in the K-12 setting may also be eligible; contact the program director for details.

Required Courses

16 credits (5 courses)
  • SPN 505: Hispanic Dialectology and Sociolinguistics or LIN 542: Sociolinguistics  or LIN 532: Second Language Acquisition (3 credits)
  • SPN 506: Bilingualism  or LIN: 541 Bilingualism (3 credits) 
  • HHS 526 / CEF 526: Foundations of Teaching English Language Arts to Bilingual Language Learners (3 credits)
  • CEF 536 / FLA 536 / SPN 536: Methods of Teaching Second Language and Content to Bilingual Students (3 credits)

Plus one of the following:

  • FLA 574 Bilingual Education in the Schools  (4 credits; f or all other participants except those in the speech-language pathology program) 
  • HHS 574   Speech and Language Pathology in the Schools Bilingual Clinical  (4 credits; Speech-Language Pathology only). For information about the Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology visit

Review  course descriptions.