In today's increasingly multilingual and multicultural schools, there is an ever-growing need for culturally responsive teachers who nurture students' ability to speak more than one language. Bilingual-bicultural educators know how students learn their first and second languages and are passionate advocates for bilingual students.
The two-year Bilingual-Bicultural Education master's degree program offers both practicing teachers and those with a bachelor's degree in a field other than education the opportunity to support educational and social change for traditionally underserved students, families and communities.
Program graduates work as bilingual or English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers in urban and suburban public and private schools, dual language schools, charter schools, private tutorial companies and after-school and literacy programs. As the immigrant and English Language Learner (ELL) population continues to grow, so will the need for quality bilingual and ESL teachers.
Interested in enrolling in this program? Learn more about its admission requirements and how to apply.
Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Education (MEd)
Candidates have the option to pursue an Illinois initial or subsequent teaching license by enrolling in additional coursework at the end of the Bilingual-Bicultural Education master's degree program. Students who are already licensed teachers can add a bilingual endorsement and/or an ESL endorsement to their Illinois teaching license.
The Bilingual-Bicultural Education program includes 52 quarter hours of coursework in Social and Cultural Foundations in Education and in Bilingual-Bicultural Education. Candidates must complete 100 field experience hours in bilingual/ESL classrooms. Candidates seeking the bilingual endorsement must also take an Illinois language proficiency test.
Students in the MA program must complete a thesis and an oral defense; students in the MEd program complete a capstone experience.