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Bilingual-Bicultural Education (MA/MEd)
Bilingual-Bicultural Education (MA/MEd)
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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 Bilingual-Bicultural Education graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.


The average reported salary for Bilingual-Bicultural Education graduates was $66,000.

Learn from board appointed faculty

Study at DePaul, you'll get the chance to learn from faculty like Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Leadership, Language, and Curriculum, Sonia Soltero. Soltero previously served as Director of the Bilingual-Bicultural Education Graduate Program, and has been appointed to teams like Chicago Mayor-Elect Lightfoot's Education Transition Team, the National Association of Bilingual Education Dual Language Advisory Council, and the DePaul President Diversity Advisory Council.

“If you are passionate about dismantling systems of oppression for students of color and who are marginalized because of their background and language, this is the right program for you. You will build your background knowledge through the understanding of what's been happening historically, but also learn how to improve outcomes for those students.”

Velia (MA/MEd ’05)

Senior Director of Curriculum and Assessment, Accelerate Institute

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 Admissions for DePaul’s College of Education at (773) 325-4405 or

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