Bilingual Authorization

Help dual-language students succeed

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Bilingual Authorization Overview


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Are you a teacher interested in using your language abilities to teach dual-language students? If you’re proficient in Spanish or Mandarin and you want to teach in a dual immersion environment or bilingual classroom, this program will help prepare you to provide instruction to English learners.

The bilingual authorization has two pathways available for two types of candidates:

  • If you’re a post-credential applicant, you must hold a valid single subject, multiple subject, or education specialist credential at the time of application.
  • If you’re in the process of earning your credential, you must be concurrently enrolled in an Alliant single subject, multiple subject, or education specialist credential program at the time of application.

The bilingual authorization allows you to provide instruction for students whose primary language is Spanish or Mandarin. The program prepares you to instruct learners in diverse settings, while also educating you about the culture and heritage associated with the secondary language. 
 

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Faculty and Admissions

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Degree Highlights

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Online Coursework

The program is offered in an online format that allows you to continue to pursue your education and professional development while completing your coursework.

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Concentrated Format

This comprehensive program is formatted to fit in three, 8-week terms and provides nine units of credit, all focused on preparing you to enter the dual-lingual classroom with confidence. 

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Expand Your Abilities

The bilingual authorization can broaden your skills in education and prepare you to support diverse students while providing targeted instruction in English language development.

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Degree Information


Program Prerequisites

If you’re a post-credential applicant, you must hold a valid single subject, multiple subject, or education specialist credential at the time of application for the program.

If you’re in the process of earning your credential, you must be concurrently enrolled in an Alliant single subject, multiple subject, or education specialist credential program at the time of application. In addition to the bilingual coursework, a clinical practice component will be required. 

For all applicants:

  • In order to be admitted to the program and obtain bilingual authorization, you must:
  • You also must verify one (1) of the following:
    • You hold a valid language development specialist (LDS) certificate, CLAD Certificate, teaching credential with English learner authorization or CLAD Emphasis
    • Or, you are eligible for a CLAD certificate or teaching credential with an English learner authorization
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are there any special requirements for entry into this program?

    Post-credential applicants must hold a preliminary single subject, multiple subject, or education specialist credential. Those in the process of earning a teaching credential must be concurrently enrolled in an Alliant single subject, multiple subject, or education specialist credential program at the time of application.

    All applicants must be fluent in either Spanish or Mandarin and pass the CSET Languages Other Than English (LOTE) relevant subtest. Applicants must hold either a valid language development specialist (LDS) certificate, CLAD certificate, teaching credential with English learner authorization or CLAD emphasis, or eligibility for a CLAD certificate or teaching credential with an English learner authorization.

  • When does the bilingual authorization program start?

    The bilingual authorization program launches in March 2022 and is an eight-week program with open enrollment during each term-based enrollment period. You can find a copy of our eight-week term academic calendar here.

  • How long does it take to complete the bilingual authority online program?

    The bilingual authorization is a three-term, nine-unit program that can be combined within your existing teacher education program, or can be completed in six months or less if taken independently as a post-credential addition.

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Degree Campus Locations


The Bilingual Authorization Program is only offered as an online program. Explore our online programs below.

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Why Alliant

At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve the lives of people in diverse cultures and communities around the world. Our Vision is an inclusive world empowered by Alliant alumni.

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Why CSOE

At CSOE, we believe that education is the great equalizer and are committed to preparing and empowering the next generation of educational professionals. If you’re ready to teach the English language to a diverse group of students from a variety of backgrounds, start your instruction with a certificate program at Alliant International University. See how you can make a difference as a teacher to English learners.

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