B.S.Ed. in Bilingual/Bicultural Education
The B.S.Ed. in Bilingual/Bicultural Education is designed to provide graduates with both an elementary teaching licensure and endorsements to teach English language learners in grades K-9. The curriculum uses an interdisciplinary model, involving five departments across the School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences. Candidates who complete this program will be able to teach in two languages and be competent in addressing the educational needs of English language learners.
The need for teachers of English language learners is dramatic. As the number of non-English-speaking students has grown, so has the demand for teachers who specialize in teaching students with limited English proficiency (LEP). According to a recent study by Recruiting New Teachers (RNT, 2000), nearly 73% of the largest urban school districts in the 50 states noted an immediate need for bilingual teachers.