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Bilingual Education Minor

The Bilingual Education (BE) minor is open to all DePaul students interested in teaching in bilingual programs in various settings: in PK-12 schools (this minor covers all required courses for the IL state Bilingual Education Endorsement for those seeking teaching certification); teaching abroad; teaching in international schools; adult students​; and working in centers, agencies and organizations that provide services to multilingual communities in the US and abroad. 

The minor offers a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of bilingualism and biliteracy, cross-cultural dimensions, teaching and assessment practices, and the history, theory, research, and policy of bilingual education. Students interested in this minor should consult home college advisors to enroll. 

Note: IL State Bilingual Education Endorsement requires proficiency in a language other than English.

​The Bilingual Education (BE) minor provides a learning opportunity to all DePaul students interested in working with second language learners. Students gain a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of second language acquisition, as well as related educational theories and practices.

Students interested in this minor should consult home college advisors and secure permission from the Bilingual-Bicultural Education Program to enroll.

Course Requirements

7 courses are required for the minor:

Course Title Quarter Hours
BBE 310SPECIAL TOPICS IN LANGUAGE EDUCATION AND CULTURE4
BBE 304LANGUAGE, LITERACY AND CULTURE4
or BBE 370 SECOND & WORLD LANGUAGE LITERACIES AND CULTURES
BBE 307EQUITY ISSUES IN ASSESSMENT OF LANGUAGE LEARNERS4
BBE 325BILITERACY PRACTICES IN BILINGUAL EDUCATION AND ESL4
BBE 316SOCIOCULTURAL AND HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES IN BILINGUAL EDUCATION4
BBE 324METHODS OF TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE4
BBE 366FIRST AND SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION4
or BBE 360 SECOND, WORLD AND HERITAGE LANGUAGE ACQUISITION K-12

Minor in Bilingual Education with Bilingual Endorsement

This option is only available to undergraduates in the College of Education pursuing ISBE Licensure.

The minor with endorsement requires the above 7 courses PLUS 100 fieldwork hours (including registration in BBE 96) and a passing score on the Target Language Proficiency Test.

  • BBE 96

ISBE Licensure Division endorses in any target language for which tests are available through ILTS. If a language test through ILTS does not exist for bilingual endorsement, candidates may substitute the Foreign Language Content-Area test.

Note: Individuals interested in pursuing a minor in bilingual and a minor in ESL need to select the combined ESL-Bilingual (ESL-BE) minor. Individuals cannot earn a separate minor for both areas.​

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