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Bilingual-Bicultural Education (MA/MEd)
Bilingual-Bicultural Education (MA/MEd)

Inspire and advocate for underserved students

The Bilingual-Bicultural Education (MA/MEd) focuses on teaching and supporting language learners at all age levels. Make a direct impact on the academic and social lives of your students by more effectively incorporating theory, practice and cultural context into your classroom.

You have the option to pursue an Illinois teaching license or add a bilingual endorsement and/or an ESL endorsement to your current license by taking additional courses. Classes are offered in the evening on the Lincoln Park Campus. The program can be completed in two years as a full-time student.

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Multicultural students in a multicultural city

Our location in Chicago means you’ll work with students and families from all over the world. These native speakers of many languages will need the support and guidance of a dedicated teacher like you.

Application Deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a continuous basis. Priority deadlines for scholarships are as follows:

  • Fall: August 15
  • Winter: December 1
  • Spring: March 1
  • Summer: May 1

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, official transcripts, résumé, letters of recommendation, personal statement and a copy of your state teaching license.

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Required Courses

You’ll take two social and cultural foundations courses, nine bilingual bicultural courses and complete 100 field experience hours.

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of 2017 Bilingual-Bicultural Education master’s degree graduates were in jobs related to their field of study.

Unparallelled faculty expertise

You will work with experienced faculty like Assistant Professor Sonia Soltero, the chair of the Department of Leadership, Language, and Curriculum and former director of the Bilingual-Bicultural Education MA/MEd program. She has been involved in bilingual education for 30 years as an educator and researcher and is the author of three books on language education: “Dual Language Education: Program Design and Implementation,” “Schoolwide Approaches to Educating ELLs: Creating Linguistically and Culturally Responsive K-12 Schools,” and “Dual Language: Teaching and Learning in Two Languages.”

“DePaul helped me acquire the tools necessary to challenge America’s underfunded public education system by creating language education opportunities for students and unique job opportunities for bilingual teachers.”

Kelly (MEd ’14)
CEO & Founder, Bilingual Bridges

Kelly, Bilingual-Bicultural Education MEd alumna  

Alumni Network

The Bilingual-Bicultural Education MA/MEd program has graduates in more than 20 states, providing you connections and support across the country. Graduates work in traditional school settings as well as virtual classrooms at home and abroad. You’ll continue learning from this community of educators long after you’ve earned your degree.


Graduate school is an investment in your future. Learn more about the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission for DePaul’s College of Education at (773) 325-4405 or

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