Bachelor of Arts in Education in Bilingual Education (Elementary)

About

The Bachelor of Arts in Education in Bilingual Education with an Elementary Emphasis will prepare you to teach content in two languages at an elementary school level. In addition to taking required general education classes, you’ll study topics like:

  • Second language acquisition
  • Diversity in the classroom
  • Methods and materials in a second language

You’ll also get hands-on experience in the classroom and complete a capstone project.

Curriculum & Requirements

Bilingual Education/Elementary Major, Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAE)

The Bilingual Education Program offers a major for those students preparing to teach dual language learners who wish to demonstrate their commitment to learning an additional language. This Bilingual Education major requires the completion of a minor or certificate approved by a Modern Language advisor. Notes: students who want to have a second endorsement in a minor field will require more than 12 quarters to complete the BAE.

This major satisfies the endorsement for preschool through grade 12.

World Language Requirement

Acceptance to the program is contingent upon scoring Advanced-Low or higher on both the oral and written ACTFL tests. As the State of Washington, Professional Educator Board (PESB) requires bilingual education candidates to pass the ACTFL oral and written tests with a score of Advanced-Mid or higher in order to get the certification, candidates who score Advanced-Low on any of the ACTFL tests will be asked to prepare a plan to pass the ACTFL oral and written tests at the end of the certification at the Advanced-Mid level. This plan will require them to take some upper-division world language courses.

Elementary Education students must complete the required Elementary Education Core and the following courses.

Grade Requirements: the minimum cumulative GPA for this program is ≥2.7.

Required English Course
ENGL 360LANGUAGE STRUCTURE AND USE5
Required English as a Second Language Courses
ESLG 471TEACHING ENGLISH ACROSS THE DISCIPLINES3
ESLG 480SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION4
ESLG 481METHODS AND MATERIALS IN ENGLISH AS A SECOND OR FOREIGN LANGUAGE4
ESLG 488SECOND LANGUAGE PRINT LITERACY THEORIES3
ESLG 489CULTURAL AND LINGUISTIC DIVERSITY IN THE CLASSROOM4
ESLG 492SECOND LANGUAGE LITERACY PLACEMENT AND ASSESSMENT3
Required General Modern Languages Courses
GNML 391PRINCIPLES OF BILINGUAL EDUCATION5
GNML 392PRACTICES AND ASSESSMENT FOR BILINGUAL EDUCATION5
GNML 393PRACTICUM: BILINGUAL EDUCATION (variable credit; must be repeated)6
Required Capstone
SPAN 491SPANISH SENIOR THESIS (Required Capstone)4
or ESLG 490 ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE CAPSTONE
Total Credits46

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General Education

University Competencies and Proficiencies

English 
Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning
Placement and Clearance 
Prior Learning/Sources of Credit AP, CLEP, IB


General Education Requirements (GER)

  • Minimum Credits—180 cumulative credit hours 
    • 60 upper-division credits (300 level or above)
    • 45 credits in residence (attendance) at Eastern, with at least 15 upper-division credits in major in residence at Eastern
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA ≥2.0

Breadth Area Core Requirements (BACR)

Humanities and Arts 
Natural Sciences 
Social Sciences


University Graduation Requirements (UGR)

Diversity Course List
World Language (for Bachelor of Arts)
Global Studies Course List
Minor or Certificate
Senior Capstone Course List


Application for Graduation (use EagleNET) must be made at least two terms in advance of the term you expect to graduate (undergraduate and post-baccalaureate).

Use the Catalog Archives to determine two important catalog years.
Requirements in Degree Works are based on these two catalog years:

  1. The catalog in effect at the student's first term of current matriculation is used to determine BACR (Breadth Area Credit Requirements) and UGR (Undergraduate Graduation Requirements).
  2. The catalog in effect at the time the student declares a major or minor is used to determine the program requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who earn a BAE in Bilingual Education at EWU should be able to:

  • create developmentally-appropriate bilingual lesson plans grounded in language acquisition research;
  • deliver an oral presentation designed to inform families of the benefits of a K–8 bilingual dual-language program;
  • explain how pedagogical strategies support elementary and middle school students’ literacy;
  • identify the effects of the interrelationship between language and culture on the bilingual classroom;
  • identify the optimal elements in a WA standards-based lesson plan for bilingual Education;
  • teach a lesson that supports the linguistic development of bilingual speakers.

Sample Courses

GNML 391. PRINCIPLES OF BILINGUAL EDUCATION. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: ENGL 201; concurrent enrollment with GNML 393.
This course is designed to develop a conceptual foundation on issues related to bilingual education and prepare you for a teaching portfolio and the West-E "Bilingual Education" exam. As a result, the course will focus on various aspects of bilingual education and apply a variety of bilingual methods and strategies. You will be exposed to a series of primary sources, current research and strategies for keeping your knowledge up-to-date.

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ESLG 480. SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: ENGL 360 or permission of instructor.
This course briefly reviews the various linguistic systems and their importance in language learning. Acquisition theories are introduced. The developmental process of interlanguage and the factors that impact effective language learning are covered. This course includes practical understanding of how SLA theories relate to instructional choices.

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ESLG 488. SECOND LANGUAGE PRINT LITERACY THEORIES. 3 Credits.

Pre-requisites: ESLG 480 and ESLG 481.
This course examines current and seminal research that provides insight into the factors affecting the development of literacy by second language learners. Topics covered include prior literacy backgrounds, home-school connections, orthographies, and vocabulary development.

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ESLG 489. CULTURAL AND LINGUISTIC DIVERSITY IN THE CLASSROOM. 4 Credits.

This course provides an introduction to the various cultural and linguistic backgrounds in the region. It covers the impact of background cultures on the interactions that occur and expectations that exist in school environments. It also provides an understanding of the role of culture in developing theories about what it means 'to read'.

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