Bachelor of Arts in Education in Bilingual Education (Secondary)

About

The Bachelor of Arts in Education in Bilingual Education (Secondary) will prepare you to teach content in two languages at a secondary school level. In addition to taking required general education classes, you’ll study topics like:

  • Language structure and use
  • Principles of bilingual education
  • Diversity in the classroom

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

Curriculum & Requirements

Bilingual Education/Secondary 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 own commitment to learning an additional language. This Bilingual Education major requires the completion of a minor or certificate approved by an GNML 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.

Foreign 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 then to take for instance some upper-division foreign language courses.

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

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

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 course; must be repeated )6
Required Capstone
SPAN 491SPANISH SENIOR THESIS4
or ESLG 490 ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE CAPSTONE
Total Credits46

Catalog Listing

General Education

University Competencies and Proficiencies

English 
Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning
Placement and Clearance Exams 
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
Foreign Language (for Bachelor of Arts)
Global Studies Course List
Minor or Certificate
Senior Capstone Course List


All admitted students must officially Declare a Major by the time they reach 90 credits (junior standing).
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.

Degree Works calculates 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 do the following:

  • 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.