BS in Bilingual Education/Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

The Bilingual Education Program offers several options at the undergraduate level. Students may prepare to be teachers of English as a second language (ESL) at the elementary or middle/high school level. The program also enrolls students who wish to complete a dual licensure program in elementary education, English education, or history education and teaching English as a second language. Students who select this option must complete requirements in elementary education, English education, or history education in addition to requirements in the Bilingual Education Program.

The program includes a strong liberal arts component with emphasis on linguistics, culture, and a minor in a foreign language or other appropriate area selected in consultation with the academic advisor; professional development courses combining theory and practice; and specialty development courses focusing on first- and second-language acquisition, literary instruction and assessment, and curriculum development.

The program provides students the opportunity to apply the theoretical concepts learned during their coursework in supervised field placements in elementary, middle, or high school ESL or Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) classrooms.

Program Requirements

Pre-K–6 Track  (Total Credits: 128)

Distribution Requirements (38 Credits)

  • CAS WR 100 Writing Seminar (American Literature) (4 cr)
  • CAS WR 150 Writing and Research Seminar (World Literature) (4 cr)
  • CFA AR 261 Introduction to Art Education (2 cr)
  • CFA MU 119 or 120 Music Appreciation (2 cr)
  • CAS WR 202 Children’s Literature (2 cr)
  • CAS PS 101 General Psychology (4 cr)
  • CAS HI 175/176 World History (4 cr)
  • CAS NS 101 Integrated Science I (4 cr)
  • CAS NS 102 Integrated Science II (4 cr)
  • CAS MA 107 Mathematical Reasoning: Number Systems (4 cr)
  • CAS MA 108 Mathematical Reasoning: Algebra, Geometry, Statistics (4 cr)

Interdisciplinary Requirements (34 Credits)

  • CAS HI 151 The Emerging U.S. to 1865 (4 cr)
  • CAS HI 152 The United States since 1865 (4 cr)
  • CAS GE 201 World Regional Geography (4 cr)
  • CAS MA 108 Mathematical Reasoning (4 cr)
  • CAS SO 210 Confronting Persistent Social Inequalities in American Schools (2 cr)
  • CAS SO 211 Confronting Racial, Cultural, Gender, and Social Identities in Urban Classrooms (2 cr)
  • CAS Elective (10 cr)
  • SED LS 560 Language Acquisition (4 cr)
  • SED EC 305 Child Development (4 cr)

Disciplinary Sequence (20 Credits)

  • Three courses in one discipline
    -OR-
  • Three courses that are interdisciplinary (see interdisciplinary courses above). Note: Most students planning to complete the licensure requirements to become a teacher of English as a second language for grades Pre-K–6 will choose this sequence with a focus on language, literature, history, and culture of a modern foreign language. Students may also wish to pursue a minor in a modern foreign language. Students who successfully complete a modern foreign language minor may be eligible for the endorsement in Transitional Bilingual Learning (Pre-K–6). Students who choose this option select 3 courses in literature at the 300 level and above and two language courses at the 300 level.

Professional Studies (44 Credits)

  • SED ED 100/101 Introduction to Education (6 cr)
  • SED ED 225 Project Citizen (2 cr)
  • SED PE 211 Movement Education (2 cr)
  • SED SE 250 Disability, Education, and Public Policy (4 cr)
  • SED HE 221 Foundations of Health Education (2 cr)
  • SED LR 501 Teaching of Reading (4 cr)
  • SED ED 410/412 Social and Civic Context of Education (4 cr)
  • SED BI 515 Methods in Bilingual Education and ESL (4 cr)
  • SED LR 503 Reading and Writing Assessment (2 cr)
  • SED SE 515 Assessment in Special Education (2 cr)
  • SED BI 504 Student Teaching Seminar (2 cr)
  • SED TL 580 Student-Teaching Practicum: TESOL, Pre-K-6 (4 cr)
  • SED TL 581 Student-Teaching Practicum II: TESOL, Pre-K-6 (2 cr)
  • SED SE 480 Teaching Students with Special Needs (4 cr)

5–12 Track (128 cr)

Distribution Requirements (52 Credits)

  • CAS WR 100 Writing Seminar (4 cr)
  • CAS WR 150 Writing and Research Seminar (4 cr)
  • Two humanities courses from CAS (8 cr)
  • Two social sciences courses from CAS (one course must be in anthropology, international relations, or sociology) (8 cr)
  • One mathematics course from CAS (exempt with SAT score of 580 or above or ACT score of 23 or above) (4 cr)
  • Lab science from CAS (4 cr)
  • Natural or lab science from CAS (4 cr)
  • Electives (16 cr)

Subject Matter Requirements (32 Credits)

  • CAS EN 518 Linguistic Problems in TESOL (4 cr)
  • CAS LX 250 Foundations of Language (4 cr)
  • Six courses for a minor in a core academic subject: English, mathematics, science, modern foreign languages and literatures, civics and government, economics, arts, history, or geography (24 cr)

Professional Studies (44 Credits)

  • SED ED 100/101 Introduction to Education (6 cr)
  • SED SE 251 Special Education and Adolescents (2 cr)
  • SED DS 502 Introduction to Adolescent Development (2 cr)
  • SED LS 566 Language Acquisition (4 cr)
  • SED CT 375 Pre-Practicum (2 cr)
  • SED BI 535 Literacy Development for Bilingual Students (4 cr)
  • SED ED 410/412 Social and Civic Context of Education (4 cr)
  • SED TL 508 Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language (4 cr)
  • SED LR 503 Reading and Writing Assessment (2 cr)
  • SED SE 515 Assessment in Special Education (2 cr)
  • SED CT 575 General Methods of Instruction 5–12 (4 cr)
  • SED BI 504 Student Teaching Seminar (2 cr)
  • SED TL 582 Student-Teaching Practicum I: ESL, 5-12 (4 cr) *Students in the dual licensure programs in Bilingual Education (Teaching English as a Second Language/English or History Education) complete TL 582 only.
  • SED TL 583 Student-Teaching Practicum II: ESL, 5-12 (2 cr)