The Program provides students with the opportunity to pursue the certificate in bilingual Pupil Personnel Services. Coursework explores the academic, social, and political issues surrounding the education of children for whom English is a new language or who are growing up in bilingual environments. Bilingual education is supported by educational research on the education of limited English proficient students.
Practicum activities include observing and teaching in a bilingual or dual language classroom. In California – which has the nation’s highest rate of students who speak a non-English language at home – fewer than 5 percent of public schools now offer multilingual programs.
In order to teach bilingual or dual immersion classes, teachers are expected to be proficient in both English and the non-English language they will be teaching, as well as have a bilingual authorization or credential. The Dual Language/Bilingual program prepares teachers to work with a wide range of learners in early childhood (birth-grade 2) and childhood (grades 1-6) in general, inclusive, and/or special education settings.
At the middle school level, bilingual programs or ESL programs may be implemented as a local option. Regarding the district’s documents, does the bilingual program provide the following. Promoting parental understanding of American schools and encouraging parental involvement in school activities are also by-products of bilingual education.
In these programs ESL is usually taught by a bilingual classroom teacher who is certified ESL. Bilingual/ESL staff (teachers, aides, community liaisons, etc.) have been made aware of coming changes, and have been informed how those changes may affect their roles and instructional programs.