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).
The Bilingual Endorsement certifies a teacher who is qualified to teach classes of bilingual children. Students qualifying for an initial provisional certificate complete a 24 credit minor for the endorsement. Students holding existing certificates may add a bilingual endorsement by completing a 21 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 21 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.
Online and hybrid options
Courses are currently offered in face-to-face and hybrid formats, and the master's program is expected to be offered fully online by the 2015-2016 school year.
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.