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Bilingual-Bicultural Education (MA/MEd)

​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 multilingual and multicultural students. 

Students in our program integrate theory and research on second language acquisition into practice for language learners. Using an understanding of the history and policies of language education and how context affects the education of language learners, students analyze various assessment issues that affect language learners, such as accountability, reliability, validity, bias and special education.

The two-year Bilingual-Bicultural Education master's degree program offers both pre- and in-service teachers the opportunity to support educational and social change for traditionally underserved students, families and communities. 


  • ​​Two-year program includes 52 quarter hours of coursework in Bilingual-Bicultural Education.
  • 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, non-profits, welcome centers, private tutorial companies and after-school and literacy programs.
  • Cadidates have the option to pursue an Illinois initial or subsequent teaching license by enrolling in additional coursework while enrolled in 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.
  • Students may choose to pursue the MA and complete a thesis and oral defense or pursue the MEd and complete a capstone experience.