If you are passionate about effective instruction, leadership and advocacy in dual-language and bilingual settings, then this is the certificate program for you!


Our Certificate / Specialization pathway is designed to help teachers and other educational professionals develop expertise in dual-language/bilingual instruction. Upon completion, you’ll be better prepared to effectively develop your students’ competencies in bilingualism, biliteracy and multiculturalism.

You’ll need a bachelor’s license, and a valid teaching license is preferred.  The program takes a year or less (15 credits) to complete and you can start any term. You have both an on campus, (meeting once per week from 5 to 8 pm), or an online/hybrid format to choose from. Courses taken in this program can also be applied towards completion of a master’s degree.


Learning Outcomes during your program include:


  • Learning how to apply theories of first and second language acquisition to your practice, and using theoretical principles related to the role of culture and identity to foster an inclusive learning environment in dual language and bilingual settings.
  • You’ll be better prepared to use evidence-based practices and strategies related to planning, developing, designing, implementing, managing, and assessing instruction in dual-language and bilingual settings.
  • Become an effective resource and advocate for multilingualism, and learn how to better collaborate with students, their families and the community in order to meet the needs of your multilingual students.


Ready to get started?


You’ll need the following:

  • Complete the Graduate Program application with the $60 non-refundable application fee.
  • Provide official transcripts from all colleges or universities you have attended
  • If your GPA for the last 60 semester or quarter hours is below a 3.0, then also submit Miller Analogies Test or Graduate Records Examination passing scores.
  • International students: You will also be required to submit TOEFL scores of 550 (paper), 213 (computer) or 79 (internet) in order to complete enrollment.

More information can be found on the Graduate Program’s webpage

Still have Questions?

Please contact our Graduate Programs Advisor
Olivia Flores
floreso@wou.edu/ 503-838-8675
Richard Woodcock Education Center Rm 164