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Program Requirements

Students enrolled in the M.A. in P-12 Multilingual, Multicultural Education program must meet and maintain the following requirements during their program. Please note that program requirements vary by concentration.

Bilingual Authorization – Spanish

Description: Approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the bilingual authorization can be attached to any existing California credential. Candidates will need to complete three courses at the graduate level and demonstrate Spanish language proficiency as approved by the Department of Modern Languages assessment.

Requirement Details
Credits 9
Bilingualism  Bilingualism Fluency in Spanish required; some coursework will be conducted in Spanish.
GPA Requirement Students must receive a grade of “B” or higher in core and capstone courses, and also maintain a 3.0 GPA.
Capstone Requirement Students will complete a capstone project in SEED 630 Culminating Experience Seminar for P-12 Multilingual and Multicultural Education. Students choose from a variety of options such as action research, thesis, a service-based curriculum project or related activity.

The capstone course must be taken the final semester and approved by the professor of the course one semester prior to taking the class.
Fieldwork Requirement The following course includes fieldwork requirements that must be met by students:
  • SEED 592: 20 hours of fieldwork
For California residents: Each student’s fieldwork placement is determined by the School of Education Field Placement Coordinator.

The following steps must be completed:
  • Provide verification of Certificate of Clearance from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
  • Submit a Fieldwork Placement Request Form. Please contact the School of Education for more information.
  • After receiving an official confirmation email, contact the principal and cooperating teacher to set up a fieldwork schedule.
For non-California residents: Students outside of California need to arrange their own fieldwork placement required for the bilingual authorization and/or certificate. The following three steps must be completed:
  • Submit a Fieldwork Placement Request Form.
  • Request a Bilingual Authorization Field Placement Letter from the program coordinator.
  • Contact schools in your local area and find a placement that meets the fieldwork requirement criteria as outlined below:
    • Must be a bilingual or dual language immersion program in the language of the bilingual authorization you are seeking.
    • Cannot be in a school where a family member teaches or works.
    • Must be with a fully credentialed teacher who has EL Authorization and/or Bilingual Authorization and at least three years of teaching experience.
    • Cannot be a previous placement.
TB Clearance Students must submit documentation of tuberculosis (TB) test clearance administered or the TB Risk Assessment Questionnaire three months prior to starting fieldwork.
Applying for the Bilingual Authorization from CCTC Students who have completed all 9 units in the Bilingual Authorization specialization with a grade of “B-” or higher, may apply through the School of Education to be formally recommended to CTC for the authorization to be added to an existing California teaching credential. Students must complete the following steps:
  • Meet with a Biola Credential Analyst. Make an appointment with a credential analyst in the School of Education by calling (562) 903-4843.
  • Submit the following requirements. Application processing fee (check payable to Biola University)
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Students who have completed all 9 units in the Bilingual Authorization specialization with a grade of “B-” or higher may apply for the Certificate in Bilingual Education: Spanish Language, Culture and Methodology by submitting the Checklist Form for the Certificate in Bilingual Education – Spanish.

Bilingualism and Biliteracy for Young Learners

Description: This concentration provides a deep dive into literacy practices for dual language learners with an emphasis on listening, speaking, reading, and writing in multilingual contexts, making it especially appropriate for early childhood teachers of ages 0 to 8.

Requirement Details
Credits 9
Bilingualism  Not required
GPA Requirement Students must receive a grade of “B” or higher in core and capstone courses, and also maintain a 3.0 GPA.
Capstone Requirement Students will complete a capstone project in SEED 630 Culminating Experience Seminar for P-12 Multilingual and Multicultural Education. Students choose from a variety of options such as action research, thesis, a service-based curriculum project or related activity.

The capstone course must be taken the final semester and approved by the professor of the course one semester prior to taking the class.
Fieldwork Requirement The following courses include fieldwork requirements that must be met by students:
  • SEED 556: 9 hours of fieldwork
  • SEED 559: 12 hours of fieldwork
  • SEED 541: 20 hours of fieldwork
  • SEED 587: 6 hours of fieldwork
For California residents: Each student’s fieldwork placement is determined by the School of Education Field Placement Coordinator.

The following steps must be completed:
  • Provide verification of Certificate of Clearance from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
  • After receiving an official confirmation email, contact the principal and cooperating teacher to set up a fieldwork schedule.
For non-California residents: Students outside of California need to arrange their own fieldwork placements. The following three steps must be completed:
  • Submit a Fieldwork Placement Request Form.
  • Request a Field Placement Letter from the program coordinator.
  • Contact schools or preschools in your local area and find a placement that meets the fieldwork requirement criteria as specified for the course.
TB Clearance Students must submit documentation of tuberculosis (TB) test clearance administered or the TB Risk Assessment Questionnaire three months prior to starting fieldwork.
Additional Requirements Other program requirements vary based on program elements.

Language Acquisition: Assessment and Learning

Description: Strengthen your understanding of how students acquire language with research-based best practices for language assessment and academic vocabulary development in P-12 and adult education.

Requirement Details
Credits 9
Bilingualism  Not required
GPA Requirement Students must receive a grade of “B” or higher in core and capstone courses, and also maintain a 3.0 GPA.
Capstone Requirement

Students will complete a capstone project in SEED 630 Culminating Experience Seminar for P-12 Multilingual and Multicultural Education. Students choose from a variety of options such as action research, thesis, a service-based curriculum project or related activity.

The capstone course must be taken the final semester and approved by the professor of the course one semester prior to taking the class.

Additional Requirements Other program requirements vary based on program elements.

Personalized

Description: Designed for experienced educators, this concentration allows you flexibility to self-select 9 units of advanced coursework related to language, culture and diversity.

Requirement Details
Credits 9
Bilingualism  Not required
GPA Requirement Students must receive a grade of “B” or higher in core and capstone courses, and also maintain a 3.0 GPA.
Capstone Requirement

Students will complete a capstone project in SEED 630 Culminating Experience Seminar for P-12 Multilingual and Multicultural Education. Students choose from a variety of options such as action research, thesis, a service-based curriculum project or related activity.

The capstone course must be taken the final semester and approved by the professor of the course one semester prior to taking the class.

Additional Requirements Please note that you may need to meet additional requirements depending on your choice of coursework to complete the Personalized concentration. For courses with fieldwork or other coursework leading to a California teaching credential, requirements such as verifying your Certificate of Clearance, TB clearance or other requirements may apply.

Contact your academic advisor for more information.

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