Jul 21, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog 
2024-2025 Catalog

Dual Language Certificate

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Program of Study

The local Dual Language Certificate issued by the School of Education is designed for educators to meet the growing need of dual and multilingual education at local, national and international levels. The certificate program examines a variety of school-based models: One-Way (foreign/second language immersion programs), Two-Way (bilingual immersion programs), Developmental (maintenance bilingual programs), and Revitalization of Indigenous Languages programs. The certificate will offer candidates, teachers and school administrators an opportunity to better understand the theoretical principles, research, and instructional practices of teaching and learning in dual language immersion settings. The scope of the certificate includes 12 units of coursework (4 courses) that examines the program goals, instructional strategies, assessments, curriculum, needs of diverse populations, cross-cultural competence, leadership, and advocacy. The local Dual Language Certificate is a program within the Master’s of Arts (MA) in Education – General-Option Program.

  • The four (4) courses are offered at the MA-level so that candidates completing the DL program can apply their courses toward a Master’s of Arts in Education – General-Option Program – a 30-unit degree program.
  • Candidates can complete the local DL Certificate coursework in two to four semesters.
  • The DL Certificate courses will be offered fully online in order to include a wider representation of candidates from various communities. Students must have access to a computer with camera and audio. Students must obtain a minimum passing grade of B- in each of the required DL courses and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all coursework.

Student Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes are addressed throughout the four classes. Candidates will understand, analyze, and reflect on the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to Dual Language Education through the following:

  • content instruction in the primary and second language to native speakers and English Learners
  • curriculum development, program assessment, and inclusion of students with special needs or struggling learners
  • data-informed instruction and assessment of linguistically diverse students
  • cross-cultural competence for students and implications for educational leadership in diverse societies

Total (12 Units)

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