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Bilingual/Bicultural Education




Welcome to the Bilingual/Bicultural Education Program. Within this program area students can pursue the Bilingual Education emphasis or the English as a Second Language emphasis, both of which can lead to endorsements. Students in the Bilingual/Bicultural Education program may also choose to become either teachers of English as a second language (ESL) or teachers of English as a foreign language (EFL).
Bilingual/Bicultural Endorsement
The Bilingual Endorsement certifies a teacher who is qualified to teach classes of bilingual children. Students qualifying for an initial provisional certificate complete a twenty-four credit minor for the endorsement. Students holding existing certificates may add a bilingual endorsement by completing a twenty-one credit planned program. Information and referral to the appropriate adviser for this endorsement may be obtained in rooms 468 and 489 Education Building.
All students in the bilingual-bicultural program must complete the language proficiency examinations in English and the designated language of his/her individual program prior to taking courses for this minor.
English as a Second Language Endorsement
The English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement certifies a teacher who is qualified to teach learners with limited English proficiency. Students holding existing certificates may add an ESL endorsement by completing a twenty-one credit planned program. Information and referral to the appropriate adviser may be obtained in rooms 469 and 489 Education Building.

Language Education - Foreign Language  Major or Minor

The Language Education program certifies a teacher who is qualified to teach a foreign language.  Elementary certification languages are: Chinese Language and Culture, French, Italian, Latin and Spanish.  Secondary certification languages are Chinese Language and Culture, French, German Italian, Latin, Russian and Spanish.  Arabic will also be offered beginning Winter, 2012.

Chinese Language and Culture
The Chinese Language and Culture program is especially designed for students from China to come to WSU and obtain a degree and a teaching certificate in Chinese-Mandarin.  It is, however, also open to U.S. residents who wish to teach Chinese at the elementary or secondary level.


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College of Education 2014 Teacher Certification Information Session - RSVP Today!
September 18 2014
Education, College of
If you have a bachelor's degree in a field other than Education and would like to become a certified teacher, we invite you to attend an information meeting to learn more about the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) and Post-Bachelor Certification Programs at WSU. Attendees must possess or be within one year of completing a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college/university. 2014 Meeting Schedule: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - Room 441 (Dean’s Conference Room) COE 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014 - Room 10 COE 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Friday, September 19, 2014 - Room 10 COE 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  
College of Education High Five Literacy Program
September 18 2014
College of Education
College of Education High Five Literacy Program LOOKING FOR HELP IN READING AND WRITING FOR YOUR CHILDREN? The High Five Literacy Program at Wayne State University is open to students in grades 1-8.  The program will provide FREE tutoring in reading and writing skills on Wednesdays from October 2014 through April 2015.  Tutors are graduate students completing a master’s program in reading under the supervision of faculty in the Reading, Language, and Literature Program.   To Enroll in the High Five Literacy Program Download application:  http://coe.wayne.edu/ted/reading/tutoring_program.php   Attendance in the program on a regular basis will benefit both your child and the tutor.    Two (2) or more absences will result in your child being withdrawn for the program.  It is the parent or guardians responsibility to call and report absences.        APPLICANTS ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM WILL BE CONTACTED BY PHONE WITH THE STARTING DATE.  Due to overwhelming responses, we will be unable to contact each parent of applicants.  The program can accommodate a limited number of students, therefore, students will be selected on a first-come, first serve basis.  Students who are not selected will be placed on a waiting list until the next opening is available for the 2014-2015 school years.  Applicants must reapply each school year.   Where is Program Located? Sessions will be held at Wayne State University’s (Downtown Detroit Location) College of Education.  Transportation to and from tutoring sessions is the responsibility of the student’s parent or guardian.   Parking is available in Parking Structure No. 2, located on Anthony Wayne Drive, for $7.00.  There is often metered street parking available as well   The dates for the program are as follows: Beginning October 2014 – April 2015 Times 5:15 pm – 6:30 pm YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED IF YOUR CHILD IS ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM!  
Apply NOW for GO-GIRL Winter 2015 Session
September 18 2014
Education, College of
Applications for the Winter 2015 class of Gaining Options - Girls Investigate Real Life (GO-GIRL) are now available GO-GIRL is an 10 week Saturday enrichment program for seventh grade girls offered by the College of Education at Wayne State University.  The GO-GIRL curriculum is aligned with national and state standards for middle school mathematics.  During the program, girls engage in collaborative and cooperative learning, working in research teams with mentors from the Wayne State University College of Education.  The program integrates mathematics with social science research methods in a single-sex, technology-rich environment.  As part of the GO-GIRL program, students design a survey, collect, analyze and present their findings. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to explore the University campus and participate in field trips. Potential participants must complete an application and submit a recommendation from their teacher or other adult who knows the student. Applications are available on the GO-GIRL Website:gogirls@wayne.edu For more information contact Dr. Sally Roberts at gogirl@wayne.edu.  
Professional Readiness Exam (PRE) Workshop
September 27 2014 at 9:00 AM
Education, College of
WSU College of Education and the Wayne State Writing Project are offering students a preparation workshop for the Writing section of the PRE, Over 3 sessions, students will review test criteria, engage in writing simulations, experience writing groups, and receive 1:1 feedback from a writing coach. Whether you are preparing to apply to Level 2 in the College of Education or are nervious about the PRE, we can help!  
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Interim Program Coordinator:
Dr. Sharon Elliott
Associate Professor