Offered by: College of Education and Integrative Studies, Education Department
The Bilingual Authorization is an added authorization to a basic or initial credential. It enables teachers to provide specialized instruction to emergent bilingual students who are learning English as a second language in the subjects and grade levels authorized by their basic credentials. Completion of Cal Poly Pomona's Bilingual Authorization program allows Multiple or Single Subject teachers to teach in English and either Spanish, Mandarin, or Cantonese in California public schools with bilingual programs, or transitional bilingual programs. Candidates learn educational theory and practice needed to teach in the content areas while developing students' primary and second languages and literacies.
Our program prepares English-Spanish bilingual teachers on site at Cal Poly Pomona. We collaborate with other campuses participating in the CSU Asian Bilingual Teacher Education Program Consortium to prepare English-Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese) teachers.
A Bilingual Authorization is most useful to Multiple Subject (elementary) teachers, and Single Subject (secondary) English Language Arts and Social Sciences teachers. However, we do accept Single Subject applicants with other specializations such as Mathematics, Science, or Art. Since there are currently no bilingual special education programs in California schools, we do not accept Education Specialist bilingual candidates at this time.
Our program has two pathways. The pre-credential Bilingual Authorization program pathway is for candidates who are concurrently earning a primary Multiple or Single Subject credential and a Bilingual Authorization. The post-credential pathway is for teachers who already possess valid California credentials (with English Learner Authorizations). The application process and course of study for each pathway is distinct. Each pathway is described in the Bilingual Program's webpage: http://www.cpp.edu/~ceis/education/credential-programs/programs/bilingual-authorization.shtml.
The following information about the Bilingual Program admissions process can also be found on the Bilingual Program webpage: http://www.cpp.edu/~ceis/education/credential-programs/programs/bilingual-authorization.shtml.
- Pre-Credential Bilingual Candidates
- Complete the Online Program Orientation for pre-credential bilingual candidates. Print out a confirmation at the conclusion of the session.
- Schedule an entrance interview with the Bilingual Program Coordinator, and complete diagnostic evaluations in reading and writing in Spanish or Chinese (either Simplified or Traditional).
- Complete and submit the Bilingual Program Entrance Essay in Spanish or Chinese.
Prospective bilingual teacher candidates may apply to the bilingual authorization program at the same time as they apply to the credential program of their choice, or they may add the bilingual authorization program to their course of study upon completion of a "change of objective" form (http://www.cpp.edu/~ceis/education/credential-programs/resources/forms.shtml). Candidates applying to a credential program and the bilingual authorization program at the same time must complete the steps above by the deadline for the submission of the credential application packet. Those adding the bilingual authorization program after admission to a credential program must consult with the Bilingual Coordinator in order to do so.
- Post-Credential Bilingual Candidates
- Teachers with valid California Multiple or Single Subject teaching credentials (with English Learner Authorizations) may apply to participate in the Bilingual Authorization program either via CPP or via the College of the Extended University (Open University).
- Credentialed bilingual authorization program applicants applying through CPP must first apply to the University using the procedures and deadlines listed on the following webpage: http://www.cpp.edu/~admissions//graduate/credential/index.shtml.
- Prospective candidates opting to complete coursework through Open University must meet the Open University registration and enrollment guidelines and deadlines listed on the following website: https://www.cpp.edu/~ceu/open-university/registration.shtml.
- Complete the Online Program Orientation for post-credential bilingual candidates.
- Schedule an entrance interview with Bilingual Program Coordinator.
- Complete the Bilingual Program Admissions Packet for Credentialed Teachers, and turn it in by the deadlines listed on the following webpage: http://www.cpp.edu/~ceis/education/credential-programs/orientations-and-deadlines.shtml. Plan to have passed the examination Spanish, Mandarin, or Cantonese CSET examination Subset III in time to submit your application.
Coursework and Testing Requirements
Complete coursework to meet the Bilingual Authorization's "Culture Requirement":
- Ethnic and Women's Studies (EWS) course in the cultures of focus (select):
- Spanish-English Bilingual Candidates: Choose either EWS 2020 Chicana/o and Latina/o Historical Experience (3) or EWS 4020 Contemporary Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies (3) .
- Mandarin- or Cantonese-English Bilingual Candidates take EWS 3010 Ethnic Identity (3) .
- Research on Childhoods: Independent Research in consultation with Bilingual Coordinator or EWS 3600 Cultures of Childhood (3) .
Complete coursework to meet the Bilingual Authorization's "Methods Requirement":
- Bilingual Methods course.
- Spanish-English Bilingual Candidates take EDU 5400 Teaching and Learning in Spanish-English Bilingual Settings (3) . (Note: Since post-credential candidates do not complete bilingual clinical practice, they complete additional field hours and assignments while take EDU 5400 ).
- Mandarin- or Cantonese-English Bilingual Candidates: Choose either Chinese methods course at collaborating CSU, or pass Mandarin or Cantonese CSET Section IV.
Complete the Bilingual Authorization's "Language Requirement":
- Pass the Spanish, Mandarin, or Cantonese CSET Subtest III. For more information on CSET language examinations, go to http://www.ctel.nesinc.com.
- Pre-credential bilingual candidates: provide evidence of passing CSET III before applying for Clinical Practice.
- Post-credential bilingual candidates: provide evidence of passing language CSET III at time of application, or request provisional admission. Note: No one can be recommended for a Bilingual Authorization until documentation of successful language CSET III is provided.
Clinical Practice (for pre-credential bilingual candidates only)
- During Clinical Practice, candidates are placed in a bilingual setting and supervised by a bilingual supervisor. They spend part of the semester teaching mainly in English, and the other part teaching mainly in the language of focus (Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese).
- In certain Single Subject content areas, bilingual placements are rare or non-existent. In such cases, bilingual candidates are placed in monolingual English instructional settings must complete one additional portfolio assignment.
- Enroll in EDU 5990 Special Topics for Graduate Students (1-3) (lecture component only - 1 unit) concurrently with Clinical Practice Blocks I and II to participate in the Online Bilingual Practice Seminars, completing analyses of teaching and learning in classrooms serving bilingual students.
- Internship program participation: Bilingual candidates may complete internships in bilingual settings.