Online Bilingual Education Certification

If you're a bilingual teacher, earning a certificate or endorsement in bilingual education will help you expand your career opportunities. Read on to learn how you can become an online-certified bilingual educator. Schools offering Teaching ESL degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Types of Online Bilingual Certification Programs Can I Enroll in?

Online certificate and master's degree programs are available in bilingual education. Both types of programs are directed toward teachers previously certified in the language arts or sciences. Graduation from a state-approved program leads to certification, also called a teaching endorsement, in bilingual education. Some programs combine bilingual education with English as a Second Language (ESL).

DegreesMaster's degree, certification and endorsement available online
Program Formats Synchronous (regularly scheduled classes) or asynchronous (at your own pace)
Program RequirementsBachelor's degree and teacher's license required
Courses OfferedBilingual education, linguistics, diversity in the classroom, English as a second language (ESL)

How Do I Earn This Degree Online?

If you have internet connection and a computer with standard software and hardware, you can participate in online courses. Your classes may be synchronous or asynchronous. In synchronous classes, you'll meet at regular times with your instructors and fellow students, typically in a chat room. In asynchronous classes, you simply log in to your course website, which is run by a learning management system. Through these online tools, you can access course materials, take assessments and participate in discussion boards.

What Prerequisites Do I Need to Satisfy?

Many bilingual certification programs require a bachelor's degree and a previous teaching license, because these programs don't include all of the state-required courses for initial teacher licensure. In addition, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in a language of instruction in your state. In New York State Public Schools, for example, bilingual educators teach in Spanish, French Creole, Russian, Korean and Urdu. Spanish is the most frequently spoken language by immigrant students.

What Will I Study?

Theories of second language acquisition, teaching methods and assessment techniques are among the primary areas of focus in a bilingual education certification program. Certificate programs, depending on state education requirements, typically require between 15 and 21 semester hours of study, which can be applied toward a master's degree. Master's degree programs in bilingual education are around 36 semester hours. Field experience is generally required to earn a teaching certification. Bilingual education courses for both certificate and master's degree programs include:

  • Bilingual and ESL assessment
  • Culture in the classroom
  • Applied linguistics
  • Bilingual and ESL methods

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