The demand for teachers with a Bilingual Authorization is increasing as many school districts are implementing Dual-Immersion programs and expanding them to higher-grade levels creating more job opportunities for teachers who are proficient in a second language. Immerse yourself into this exciting new program and help students gain English language proficiency, while strengthening and maintaining their primary language. The Bilingual Authorization (BILA) is a Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) approved program that provides teachers with coursework as an alternative to taking CSET: World Languages IV and CSET Spanish V. Now is your chance to take advantage of this great opportunity to apply your Spanish language skills in the classroom. Facilitate the language acquisition process for English language learners and open an exciting new door in your career.
*Duration times can vary talk to your student success coach for more information.
Total Units 18 Units
Methods of instruction for bilingual education and the concept of bilingualism, including language acquisition and development
Effective approaches to understanding cross-cultural, intercultural and intra-cultural relationships and interactions
The role of primary language instruction in the dual-language setting
Overview of the historical, legal and legislative contexts of bilingual education in the U.S.
A detailed look into the four domains of language – listening, speaking, reading and writing
The relationship between culture/cultural diversity and academic achievement/development
Language systems, forms, functions, and factors that influence second language development
Effective assessment tools and strategies for English Learners, and methods for academic content instruction
Teachers who are fluent in Spanish whom would like to teach in a Bilingual and/or Dual Immersion classroom.
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Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:
Bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution
Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
One of the following valid California teaching credentials:
Education Specialist Level I or II
Education Specialist Preliminary or Clear
Speech-Language Pathology or Clinical or Rehabilitative Services with a Special Class Authorization
School Nurse Services Credential with Special Teaching Authorization in Health
Visiting Faculty Permit
Children's Center Permit (excluding emergency)
Child Development Permit (excluding Assistant or Associate Permits)
English Learner Authorization or CLAD certificate; can be earned and verified by:
a valid Language Development Specialist (LDS) Certificate, CLAD Certificate, teaching credential with an English Learner Authorization or CLAD emphasis, or
eligibility for a CLAD Certificate or teaching credential with an English Learner Authorization based on one of the following:
passing scores on Subtests 1, 2, and 3 of the California Teacher of English Learners (CTEL) Examination; scores used for certification purposes may be no older than ten years from the individual passed exam dates.
possession of an out-of-state credential showing an English Learner Authorization.
possession of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certificate in Early and Middle Childhood/English as a New Language or Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood/English as a New Language.
Passing score on CSET Spanish III exam
scores used for certification purposes may be no older than ten years from the individual passed exam dates, or
teachers who hold a valid, non-emergency California Single Subject or Standard Secondary Teaching Credential in Spanish need not take CSET Spanish III to qualify for a bilingual authorization in that language; teachers who hold a three-year or higher degree from a foreign institution in which all instruction is delivered in Spanish also do not need to take CSET Spanish III to qualify for a bilingual authorization in that language; the foreign institution must be equivalent in status to a regionally-accredited institution of higher education in the United States; an official foreign transcript evaluation is required for verification.
NOTE (5/8/20): As a result of COVID-19, CSET exams are not currently being offered. However, you may still begin this program pending Spanish Language fluency. Email us for additional information.
Access to a Dual Immersion or Bilingual classroom for the duration of the program.
Applying for Candidacy
Your first step is to enroll in the orientation course, EDUC X426.50. This course is open year-round and is comprised of a brief, 40-minute PowerPoint presentation and a mini quiz. An application is also required to start the program. The application is only available to students enrolled in the orientation course. Please verify the application deadline prior to enrolling in the orientation.
To earn the Bilingual Authorization, individuals must complete all five courses listed below for a total of 18 quarter units, with a grade of B or better; or participants may combine passed CSET World Language IV or CSET Spanish V subtests with coursework, to meet all requirements.
EDUC X426.50 Orientation: Bilingual Authorization (Credit)
EDUC X426.51 Survey of Bilingual Issues (4 units)
EDUC X426.52 Assessment and Methods of Instruction in Bilingual Settings (6 units)
EDUC X426.53 Reading and Biliteracy in a Second Language (4 units)
EDUC X426.54 Culture and Diversity in Bilingual Settings (4 units)
Earning the Bilingual Authorization through UCR Extension carries an added benefit that very few programs offer; the “blended” option. Instead of having to pass all subtests of the CSET exam or complete all of the required coursework to become certified, this “blended” option allows you the flexibility to combine CSET exams with coursework.
Must complete the orientation and apply for candidacy.
CSET Exam Passed
You Do Not Have to Take These Courses
CSET World Languages Subtest IV
Survey of Bilingual Issues
Assessment and Methods of Instruction in Bilingual Settings
Reading & Biliteracy in a Second Language
CSET Spanish Subtest V
Culture & Diversity in Bilingual Settings
Upon program completion: The candidate must request the assistance of UCR Extension to file the appropriate paperwork with the CTC. To request a verification, complete the online application here. Pay a $75 administrative fee, as well as a $102.50 credential fee, paid directly to the CTC, upon recommendation.
Required (18 Units )
Orientation: Bilingual AuthorizationThis orientation to the Bilingual Authorization Program provides teachers with a clear understanding of the entire program, including information on the application process, prerequisites, course requirements, and standards.
Reading and Biliteracy in a Second LanguagePrepares bilingual candidates to better understand the interrelatedness among the four domains of language (listening, speaking, reading and writing), in both the primary and second languages of their students.
Culture and Diversity in Bilingual SettingsPreparation for bilingual candidates to understand cross-cultural, intercultural and intra-cultural relationships and interactions, and how those factors affect the process of acculturation in California and the United States.