- Offered as:
The certificate in bilingual education is offered as an add-on endorsement; it can be earned concurrently with a standard teaching certificate or added to an already completed teaching certificate.
To teach bilingual education in elementary school, middle school, or high school, you will need complete a bachelor’s degree and a primary teaching endorsement in any subject (for instance, elementary education, English, music, science, etc.), as well as the core coursework with the College of Education to earn teacher certification in bilingual education.
Bilingual education also requires proficiency in a language other than English.
- Strengths of the program
- Study and work with a diversity of young students that mirrors today’s classrooms.
- The U.S. Department of Education selected WSU for a grant of more than $11 million to create a model teacher preparation program centered on high-needs youths.
- WSU offers the state’s only teacher preparation program that provides practical classroom teaching opportunities in every region of Washington.
- Learn effective teaching at the state’s only undergraduate education degree program housed at a major research university.
- Featured courses
Bilingual education is an add-on endorsement. To get this endorsement, you will need to also gain teaching certification in your chosen major area, then add the bilingual education core. Fluency in a second language is a prerequisite.
Introduction to ESL or Theoretical Foundations of Bilingual/ESL
Communicating in Diverse Classrooms or Communicating in a Multilingual Society
Practicum in Bilingual/ESL Education
Curriculum and Assessment for Bilingual/ESL Education
Bilingual Methods and Materials Across Content Area
Methods and Materials for Bilingual/ESL Education
Take one or more of the following specialization courses:
Introduction to Linguistics
Intermediate Speaking and Listening
Linguistics for Educators
Advanced Study of Computer Assisted Language Learning
Instructional Media Production
Language and Cultural Factors in Content Areas
Seminar in Language, Literacy and Culture
Science for All: An Individual and Multicultural Perspective
Multicultural Education in a Global Society
Additional recommended courses:
Intro to Comparative American Cultures
Intro to Asian/Pacific American Studies
Intro to Chicano Studies
Intro to Native American Studies
See the WSU Catalog for degree requirements and talk with your academic advisor about planning and scheduling your courses. All students must meet requirements as outlined in the catalog in order to graduate.
- Scholarships and financial aid
For teacher prep students
The College of Education distributes funds from 13 endowed scholarships to approximately 100 teacher preparation students every semester. Some of the scholarships include the College of Education Alumni Association Scholarship, the Louise H. Meyer Scholarship, the Don and Julia Lee Scholarship, and the Claude Simpson and Peggy Simpson Yates Scholarship.
For more information about these scholarships, call the College of Education at 509-335-7843 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For all students
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs. Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
Students should complete the Washington State University general scholarship application and the FAFSA to ensure their eligibility for the widest range of scholarships and need-based financial aid.
For information or to apply for financial aid and scholarships from WSU, see the Scholarships and Finances section of the WSU website.
- Campus organizations and activities
The Educators Club is a pre-professional organization run by education students for education students. The club is affiliated with the Student Washington Education Association (SWEA), which serves as the student program of the Washington Education Association and the National Education Association. All future teachers are invited to join and participate in club activities.