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San Diego State University

SDSU Department of Dual Language and English Learner Education (formerly Policy Studies in Language & Cross-Cultural Education)

Bilingual Added Authorization with an Emphasis in Biliteracy for K-12

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California has a historic need for bilingual teachers to meet the needs of students, families and communities as well as meet global competencies. With the passage of California Proposition 58, more dual language schools have opened and there is an even deeper need for teachers with bilingual authorizations and dual language expertise. Under this program, teachers with existing 2042 credentials* and bilingual competence can take a series of four courses to develop their expertise in dual language programming, legal obligations, theories, curriculum. and pedagogy. Upon satisfactory completion, teachers are eligible to apply to CTC to add a bilingual authorization to their existing credential. Courses at the 500 or above level that are taken post-credential may also be applied to the DLE Masters in Education.

* If you do not yet have a credential, see the bilingual single or multiple subject credential page to find out how to earn your credential and your bilingual authorization simultaneously.


Required Courses (12 units):

  1. DLE 416 Biliteracy Foundations for Teaching and Learning in Diverse Communities (3)
  2. DLE 515 Multilingual Education: Theory and Practice for Biliteracy Teachers (3)
  3. DLE 532 Biliteracy Teaching in Language Arts for Elementary Students (3) OR DLE 604 Learning and Teaching Language in a Dual Language Setting (3)
  4. DLE 653 Language Development in K-12 Multilingual Classrooms (3)

Deadlines and How to Apply

This bilingual added authorization is open to all teachers who hold a preliminary or clear California credential for multiple or single subject teaching and are interested in adding the bilingual authorization. The program is currently offered for Spanish/English. For those interested in adding other languages to include Arabic, Japanese, Mandarin, or Tagalog, please contact the department for details on pathway for these languages.

Entrance Requirements

  1. Completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  2. California 2042 Multiple or Single Subject Teaching Credential or equivalent.
  3. Proficiency in a language other than English: demonstrated language competency in Spanish equivalent to Dual Language and English Learner Education 415 or by passing the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing California Subject Examinations for Teachers: Language Other than English (LOTE) for Spanish proficiency. 
  4. CSU Application (including meeting all requirements for graduate study at a CSU).
  5. Department Application (including a statement of purpose and a letter of recommendation)
Deadlines: Applications open October 1 and close March 1. See the  Bilingual Added Authorization admissions page  for details.