In today’s increasingly multilingual and multicultural schools, there is an ever-growing need for culturally responsive teachers who nurture students’ ability to speak more than one language. Bilingual-bicultural educators know how students learn their first and second languages and are passionate advocates for bilingual students.
The Bilingual Bicultural Education program offers a comprehensive and in-depth examination of the linguistic, academic, social, and cultural needs of English language learners by addressing second language acquisition and bilingual/ESL educational theory, research, policy, and practice. The foundation of the program rests on the sociopolitical, linguistic, and cultural implications of approaches to language education and language policies. The program offers two concentrations for Illinois State endorsement: Bilingual Education (BE) and English as a Second Language (ESL). The program offers both practicing teachers and those with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education the opportunity to support educational and social change for traditionally under-served students, families and communities.
Program graduates work as bilingual or English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers in urban and suburban public and private schools, dual language schools, charter schools, private tutorial companies and after-school and literacy programs. As the immigrant and English Language Learner (ELL) population continues to grow, so will the need for quality bilingual and ESL teachers.
Interested in enrolling in this program? Learn more about its admission requirements and how to apply.
The Bilingual-Bicultural Education program includes 52 quarter hours of coursework in Social and Cultural Foundations in Education and in Bilingual-Bicultural Education. Candidates must complete 100 field experience hours in bilingual/ESL classrooms. Candidates seeking the bilingual endorsement must also take an Illinois language proficiency test.
Students in the MA program must complete a thesis and an oral defense; students in the MEd program complete a capstone experience.
For more information, please visit DePaul University’s Course Catalog.
Bilingual Education students can receive the following endorsements: