Wayne State University

Bilingual/Bicultural Program

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 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 2016-2017 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.

Program Assessment – Annual BBE Report to Stakeholders

Bilingual/Bicultural Education (BBE) is committed to Wayne State University’s program assessment initiative and documents programmatic assessment plans in Compliance Assist, the university’s virtual assessment storehouse. BBE Faculty have articulated programmatic outcomes, are purposefully measuring the extent to which those outcomes are reached, and are actively engaged in efforts to deepen student learning. Assessment data are collected on an ongoing basis as it pertains to programmatic learning outcomes, and as data are reviewed, course assignments and rubrics are also reviewed and potentially revised.  Stakeholders will be informed of divisional programmatic assessment updates on an annual basis on this website.

Focus in the 2015-2016 academic year was placed on the following BBE program learning outcomes:

  • The student will utilize knowledge of second language acquisition theories in lesson planning.
  • The student will identify features of culturally inclusive classrooms.
  • The student will analyze the importance of ethnicity in the social and cognitive development of students.

Assessment data were collected from the following core courses:  LED 6510, LED 6580, and BBE 6590. The BBE program is pleased to share with its stakeholders that all target criterion levels of performance pertaining to these outcomes were met in the 2015-16 academic year.

Despite these positive results, the BBE program remains committed to continuous improvement in its instructional delivery.  As such, in the 2016-17 academic year, more contextualized activities and discussions will be incorporated into BBE coursework in an effort to deepen student understanding and professional skill as it relates to cross-cultural communication and instructional decision-making. Assessment data will continue to be collected in an effort to see what effect these changes are having.