Bilingual Authorization in Spanish
Biola’s bilingual authorization program is a fully online three-course sequence that prepares current teacher candidates and credential holders to obtain certification to teach in a variety of Spanish bilingual settings in both elementary and secondary classrooms. Non-credentialed educators can receive an institution-sponsored certificate.
The bilingual authorization prepares you to plan, develop, implement and assess standards-aligned content instruction in both the primary and target languages. This is done through a focused study of the philosophical, theoretical, legal and empirical foundations for bilingual education as well as bilingual instructional models, instructional strategies and use of evaluation methods.
The courses required for this program are included in the concentration requirements in the following degree programs or may be taken as electives in other degree programs (please contact your School of Education academic advisor or admissions counselor for questions):
Biola Undergraduate Students
B.A. in Liberal Studies, Elementary Education (Spanish Concentration)
B.A. in Liberal Studies, Multidisciplinary (Spanish Concentration)
Biola Graduate Students
Online M.A. in P-12 Multilingual, Multicultural Education (Bilingual Authorization Concentration – Spanish)
Master of Arts in Education (Personalized Concentration)
Master of Arts in Teaching (Personalized Concentration)
Note: Upon successful completion of the required coursework, students who do not hold or are not seeking a California credential may apply for an institution-sponsored Certificate in Bilingual Education: Spanish Language, Culture and Methodology. Please contact your academic advisor for questions.
Why Pursue a Bilingual Authorization – Spanish?
Be fully equipped to teach in Spanish-speaking bilingual classrooms in California. According to the California Department of Education, the number of K-12 students who spoke a language other than English in their homes grew to more than 2.3 million in 2022, and 82% of these students speak Spanish. Efforts to better prepare students for 21st century careers and college recognize multilingualism as an essential skill. Educators who complete the bilingual authorization courses will develop skills to serve both children whose first language is Spanish and children who are learning Spanish as a second language in order to provide support in various settings such as public schools, private schools, international schools, tutoring, after-school programs and faith-based summer programs.
Credentialed educators will be eligible to add the Bilingual Authorization to their current California credential. Adding a bilingual authorization to your credential can advance your career by making you a highly desirable bilingual educator in the P-12 education system. Non-credentialed educators can receive an institution-sponsored certificate.
Current Biola Students
Current undergraduate or graduate students at Biola interested in taking the courses should consult with a School of Education academic advisor.
Special Student Status
Special Student Status is for graduate students who do not wish to pursue a degree-seeking program, but want to take classes to add the Bilingual Authorization to their credential or earn the institution-sponsored Certificate in Bilingual Education: Spanish Language, Culture and Methodology.
Applicants must have earned a regionally accredited bachelor’s degree.
Submit Biola University Graduate Application for Special Student Status.
Passage of Spanish language assessment through the Biola’s Modern Languages Department or passage of CSET: Spanish subtest 3 prior to registering for classes.
Hold a valid Certificate of Clearance or California Teaching Credential.
Please refer to the completion requirements for the Bilingual Authorization in Spanish:
Requirements for Institution Sponsored Certificate
- Passage of all coursework with a grade of “B-” or higher.
Requirements for the California Bilingual Authorization in Spanish
The following requirements must be met to apply for the California Bilingual Authorization in Spanish:
- Successful completion of Biola's Bilingual Authorization coursework with a grade of “B-” or higher, or passage of CSET Spanish subtests III, IV and V exams, or combination of coursework and exam.
- Spanish CSET Subtest III – Exam subtest required, no coursework available
- Spanish CSET IV – Met by LEDU 392 or SEED 592 with a 20 hour fieldwork practicum
- Spanish CSET V – Met by LEDU 390 or SEED 590 and LEDU 391 or SEED 591
- Hold a regionally accredited baccalaureate or higher degree.
- Passage of CSET Spanish Subtest III (meets the language assessment requirement).
- Possess the following:
- A valid California teaching credential, Speech-Language Pathology or Clinical or Rehabilitative Services Credential with a Special Class Authorization, School Nurse Services Credential with a Special Teaching Authorization in Health, Visiting Faculty Permit, Children’s Center Permit (excluding emergency), or Child Development Permit (excluding Assistant and Associate Permit) that authorizes the holder to provide instruction to pupils.
- A valid Language Development Specialist (LDS) Certificate, CLAD certificate, teaching credential with an English Learner Authorization or CLAD Emphasis.