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Online M.A. in P-12 Multilingual, Multicultural Education

Overview

The fully online Master of Arts in P-12 Multilingual, Multicultural Education degree gives you the skills you need to work with students and families in today’s diverse classrooms. Refine your own educational philosophy for multilingual and multicultural education while cultivating your intercultural competence to be an effective educator.

This graduate degree will equip you with best practices for teaching and working with P-12 multilingual, multicultural and immigrant students — and the ability to critically examine equitable educational practices from a biblical perspective.

  • Serve and support multilingual, multicultural and immigrant families. Develop your skills as a compassionate, equity-minded educator for multilingual, multicultural learners and their families. Qualified teachers with cultural competence are vital to effectively serve today’s global community.
  • Be certified as a bilingual educator. Choosing the bilingual authorization concentration enables you to apply for a bilingual authorization at the state level — qualifying you as a highly desired bilingual educator in the P-12 education system.
  • Integrate biblical wisdom into your classroom. Place your faith at the center of learning as a globally minded educator who upholds a biblical worldview. Whether you teach in a multilingual classroom, develop curriculum or design community programs for a non-profit organization, broaden your opportunities for meaningful service.
  • Fit your coursework into your busy schedule. The fully online, asynchronous format of the program provides flexibility for working professionals, while still maintaining Biola’s standards of academic excellence and mentorship from experienced, multicultural educators.

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Specializations

Bilingual Authorization – Spanish

Approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the bilingual authorization can be attached to any existing California credential. Candidates need to complete three courses at the graduate level with at least a grade of B- and demonstrate Spanish language proficiency as determined by the Biola Department of Modern Languages assessment and successful passage of CSET Subtest III – Spanish.

Note: The bilingual methodologies course will require a fieldwork component. Those taking the coursework without a California credential may apply for an institution-sponsored Certificate in Bilingual Education: Spanish Language, Culture and Methodology.

Bilingualism and Biliteracy for Young Learners

The Bilingualism and Biliteracy for Young Learners concentration provides a deep dive into literacy practices for dual language learners with an emphasis on listening, speaking, reading, and writing in multilingual contexts. Note: Bilingualism is not required.

Language Acquisition: Assessment and Learning

The Language Acquisition concentration enhances your understanding of language acquisition and features strategies and research-based best practices for language assessment and academic vocabulary development in P-12 education. Note: Bilingualism is not required.

Personalized

For experienced educators, the personalized concentration offers flexibility for cross-disciplinary studies and advanced coursework related to language, culture and diversity. Note: Bilingualism is not required.


Program Requirements

Students must meet and maintain the program requirements to successfully complete the Master of Arts in P-12 Multilingual, Multicultural Education program.

Courses

What will I study as a Master of Arts in P-12 Multilingual, Multicultural Education student?

Your M.A. in P-12 Multilingual, Multicultural Education combines advanced core coursework in multicultural education with biblical integration courses and elected concentration courses. The program culminates in a capstone experience with your choice of action project or thesis. As part of the curriculum, you’ll have the opportunity to take such courses as the following:

  • Multilingual and Immigrant Students and Families in School Communities
  • Current Issues in Multilingual and Multicultural Education
  • Latina/o diversity in the U.S. Context
  • Culture and Christianity

Career Outlook and Preparation

What can you do with a Master of P-12 Multilingual, Multicultural Education?

  • Serve as a leader or program specialist in a non-profit or non-governmental organization related to education or programs serving immigrant communities
  • Develop culturally relevant curriculum and educational programs
  • Contribute to policy in settings such as state or national departments of education
  • Be employed in community service organizations that serve multicultural communities
  • Work as a youth development agent or after school educator
  • Prepare for further education in Ph.D. or Ed.D. programs
  • Teach in a diverse classroom in public, private, homeschool, and/or charter school settings
  • Apply skills as a researcher, instructor, student development coordinator, or other specialist in PK-12 or higher education

Admissions & Deadlines

As a Christian institution, Biola seeks to admit applicants whose backgrounds clearly demonstrate scholarly aptitude, a commitment to the historic Christian faith, personal character and integrity, and a positive service-oriented motivation toward their field of study. Biola does not discriminate on the basis of the applicant's race, color, sex, socio-economic status, disability, or national or ethnic origin.

Education and GPA Requirements

  • You must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution by the time you plan to start coursework at Biola, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Note: If you do not meet the degree or GPA requirements above, you may still be considered for admission. Please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions office at graduate.admissions@biola.edu. If you are an international student, contact grad.international@biola.edu.

Program-Specific Requirements

  • For requirement details, see "Complete program-specific admissions requirements" in the application steps section below.

English Proficiency Requirements

  • If English is not your first language, you are required to display your English proficiency before admittance into a Biola University graduate program. See “English Proficiency” in the application steps section below.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester
    • Early Action: May 1
    • General: July 1
    • International Students
      • On Campus: June 1
      • Online/Hybrid: July 1
  • Spring Semester
    • Early Action: October 1
    • General: November 1
    • International Students: October 1
  • Summer Semester
    • General: April 1

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Meet Your Admissions Counselor

If you have more questions about the program, admissions process or Biola in general, schedule a phone call or send an email to your admissions counselor.

Graduate Admissions Counselor

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Josiah Franklin

Email: josiah.franklin@biola.edu
Text or Call: (562) 393-7564
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International Graduate Admissions Counselor

The Office of International Admissions serves students who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Email: grad.international@biola.edu
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Application Steps

  1. Complete and submit the online application

  2. Submit a non-refundable $65 application fee

  3. Submit supplemental application materials through your online application portal:

  4. Official Transcripts

    • Submit all official transcripts from previous academic institutions.
      • Request official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
      • If enrolled at the time the application is filed, be sure to request transcripts of work finished to date and final transcripts upon completion of your course of study.
      • Transcripts will be considered official only when a) mailed directly from the institution to Biola, b) sent electronically through an approved vendor or c) physically delivered in an untampered envelope sealed by the institution. Final approval for admission is contingent on receiving an official transcript.
        • Mail transcripts to:
          Biola University Office of Graduate Admissions
          13800 Biola Avenue, La Mirada, CA 90639
    • Note for International Students: All international transcripts need U.S. grade equivalencies noted (i.e. GPA on a 4.0 scale). If your transcripts do not show U.S. grade equivalencies, you must have them evaluated by a credential evaluation agency like SpanTran (Biola Discount), World Education Services (WES) or Foundation for International Services (FIS). Be sure to choose "course by course report" and have SpanTran/WES/FIS send them directly to Biola University via online portal or post (13800 Biola Ave, La Mirada, CA 90639) in order to be considered official.

    Reference Letters

    • Note: Additional instructions can be found in the online application.

    Essays

    • Note: The essay prompts can be found in the online application.

    English Proficiency (required for non-native English speakers)

    • Evidence of English proficiency is required for all students to support student success. Proficiency must be shown through one of the methods described below:
      • Minimum test score on a qualifying standardized test
        • TOEFL: minimum score of 100 iBT
        • IELTS: minimum score of 7.5
        • Duolingo: minimum score of 125
      • A degree (bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral) issued by an institution where English is the medium of instruction.
        • Official written communication from the institution (Registrar, Controller of Examinations Office, or Undergraduate College)
        • Official degree statements or transcripts may be accepted given English is stated as the medium of instruction
        • Official catalog verification
        • Note: For universities from non-Anglophone countries, further language assessment may be required.
      • Completion of the English Language Scholars (ELS) with passing status on the ELS's final exit exam, which must be approved by the ELS Director in collaboration with the academic program committee. An updated TOEFL or IELTS score may be used at the end of a term to test directly into the graduate program for the following term.
      • Qualify for English Language Scholars (ELS), which allows students who do not meet the minimum TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores to still enroll in their graduate degree program. Students would be taking academic English courses concurrently with the graduate degree program courses.
        • Students eligible for ELS will be assessed by the ELS Director to determine the total number of academic English courses to take while enrolled in their graduate program courses. The following are the scores needed to qualify for ELS: TOEFL iBT 90 / IELTS 7.0 / Duolingo 110–124.
        • Note: Students must be admitted to the graduate program first to be considered for ELS.
  5. Complete program-specific admissions requirements:

  6. All Specializations

    • Writing Proficiency — Writing proficiency will be evaluated for each applicant in one or more of the following ways: a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above, passage of the CBEST or all CSET subtests, an academic paper, the application essays, OR the GRE.
  7. Interview with a faculty member

    • After your application and all supplemental application requirements are submitted and approved, you will have a video interview with a faculty member.
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    Things to Note

    • Track your application status at any time. You do not have to complete the application in one sitting. You can complete a portion and finish at a later time. Your information will be saved. When you apply, to guarantee confidentiality, you will be asked to create a user name and a password, and will receive a personalized identification number. Track your application status by logging in to the online application.
    • Official documents presented for admission or evaluation become part of the student’s academic file and normally cannot be returned or copied for distribution.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Biola is committed to help make your studies affordable — each school offers different scholarship, grant and loan opportunities to help finance your education.

Cost Per Credit (2024‑25) $698
Full-time Tuition Per Term (Estimated) Based on 9 credit courseload$6,282
Part-time Tuition Per Term (Estimated) Based on 6 credit courseload$4,188
Total Program Tuition (Estimated) Based on total program credits and 2024‑25 cost per credit$20,940

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Online: You'll take coursework fully online.

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