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Dual Language/Bilingual Education Certificate

Dual Language/Bilingual Education Certificate curriculum overview:

Each class is aligned to TSPC competencies in dual language and this alignment is reflected in course syllabi.

Dual Language/Bilingual Education Certificate contract:

Once admitted to Dual Language/Bilingual Certificate Program, you will work with an advisor to plan the courses you will take and how you will complete the academic requirements of the program. By filing this Certificate Contract (PDF form), you have a road map for completing your certificate and clarity on what to expect.

Courses for the Dual Language/Bilingual Education Certificate program:

    • Completion of five courses:
      • ED 631: Foundations of Bilteracy (3)
      • ED 641: Theories of Bilingualism (3)
      • ED 644: Bilingualism in Socio-cultural Contexts (3)
      • Ed 645: Instruction and Assessment in Dual Language/Bilingual Settings (3)
      • ED 647: Critical Inquiry and Reflective Practice for Dual Language/Bilingual Educators (3)

Dual Language/Bilingual Education Certificate Course Descriptions:

ED 631: Foundations of Biliteracy (3)

This course explores the relationship between first and second language literacy and between oral and written language skills. The course also examines ESOL and biliteracy teaching strategies for differentiated proficiency levels, as well as materials, classroom organizational structures, and assessment tools. Projects encourage participants to become reflective practitioners as they analyze and critique their own beliefs and teaching practices, and plan their professional growth.

ED 641: Theories of Bilingualism (3)

This course focuses on theories of language acquisition and their application to the classroom. It also explores topics such as language ideology, learners’ linguistic capital, translanguaging, contrastive analysis, language transfer, and metalinguistic strategies. Participants engage in linguistic analysis and consider classroom practices that maximize dual language learning, development, and use. Projects encourage teachers to become reflective language learners and practitioners.

ED 644 Bilingualism in Social Contexts (3)

This course examines the concept of culture and its manifestation in schools and communities, with an emphasis on dual language/bilingual classrooms in the U.S. Informed by up-to-date theory and research, participants examine socio-cultural and historical forces that impact the educational process. Strategies that capitalize on learning and using cultural and community resources in dual language/ bilingual classrooms are emphasized. Partnerships with families, schools, and communities are an important focus of the course. Projects encourage participants to become reflective practitioners.

ED 645 Instruction and Assessment in Dual Language/Bilingual Settings (3)

This course focuses on curriculum development, assessment practices, and design of materials for dual language and bilingual classrooms. Informed by current research and theory, participants plan, develop and implement instructional strategies and assessment tools that foster academic and linguistic development. Projects encourage participants to become reflective practitioners, as they critique and analyze their teaching practice in dual language/bilingual settings, and plan their professional growth.

ED 647 Critical Inquiry and Reflective Practice for Dual Language/Bilingual Educators (3)

This course focuses on examining the policies, instructional practices, and the curriculum to transform them as appropriate. It also lays the foundations to develop an advocacy stand and to examine their leadership skills. Participants also conduct research and are encouraged to become better reflective practitioners.

 

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Like you, the people behind the Dual Language/Bilingual Education Program are committed educators. We have experience in ESOL/bilingual & dual language education and look forward to helping you further your experience and leadership training here at WOU. Ask us questions-about the process, about the field, or about your career. We look forward to your contributions to the field of dual language/bilingual education.

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NOT FINDING WHAT YOU NEED?

If you haven’t found the information you need or are still not sure where to direct your question, contact Zig Derochowski - College of Education, Graduate Programs Advisor, derochowskiz@wou.edu or 503-838-9269