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Bilingual Authorization in Spanish

School of Education

Students are able to earn the Bilingual Authorization concurrently with a multiple subjects or single subject credential or non-concurrently added on to a valid CA teaching credential. You will be challenged academically and professionally through classroom and field experiences to assist students in developing high levels of proficiency in both Spanish and English.

This program will provide you with experiences and knowledge to teach in dual language settings, to teach high levels of academic literacy and various content areas in Spanish. You will be able to increase your awareness of and your ability to address the linguistic and learning needs of the students in your classroom.

Program Highlights

  • Emphasis on application of theory to practice.
  • Field work experience in bilingual classroom.
  • Graduates are sought out by top districts seeking bilingual teachers.
  • Courses are offered online in the evenings.


Coordinator: Tracy Vilanova


The Division of Teacher Education offers the California Bilingual Added Authorization to both qualified current credential students and qualified post-credential teachers returning to add to their teaching certification. The FPU Bilingual Authorization will require an additional 6 units of coursework for Multiple Subjects and Single Subject credential students seeking the authorization concurrently with their credential, and an additional 14 units for post-credential teachers. Currently, FPU will offer the Bilingual Added Authorization in Spanish. The focus of the program will be preparation to teach in dual language or bilingual settings at both the elementary and secondary levels.

Locations Offered


Required Courses (14 Units)

  • EDUC 606 - Bilingualism & Bilingual Education in The U.S. Credits 3
  • EDUC 607 - Aspectos Del Bilinguismo/Bilingualism in Context Credits 3
  • EDUC 650 - Principles & Practices of Biliteracy Development Credits 4
  • EDUC 651 - Methods of Bilingual/Multilingual Education Credits 4 or
  • EDUC 653 - Bilingual Reading & Writing for Secondary Classrooms Credits 4

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With an FPU Education

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First Steps to Admission

  • Apply online
  • Submit 2 reference forms (Varies based on program of interest)
    These can be filled out by academic or professional acquaintances familiar with your ability to complete graduate-level work. Print the reference form.
  • Include statement of intent.
    You can also provide an addendum explaining your interest in the program, any long-term goals and your experience in the field.
  • Request official transcripts.
    Transcripts must be from accredited institutions to verify your bachelor’s degree. Send transcripts electronically to or mail sealed transcripts to the Registrar’s Office at 1717 S. Chestnut Ave. Fresno, CA 93702.
  • Complete program requirements.
    These requirements are specific to your program of choice. You will be contacted for an interview and additional requirements if applicable.
  • Apply for financial aid.
    You can apply for FAFSA.  Use FPU school code: 001253
  • Schedule an appointment.
    Meet with your Student Financial Services Advisor. You can contact them at 559-453-2041 |

Program Requirements

Note: As a result of COVID-19, admission requirements have temporarily been simplified. Please contact your program representative for more information.

  • Education Plan form
  • Verification of negative TB test (within last 12 months)
  • Valid California Credential or enrollment in Multiple Subjects or Single Subject credential program concurrently
  • Admission interview and initial language assessment in Spanish

Must be either enrolled in MS or SS credential program concurrently or have a valid 2042 California preliminary or clear credential.

Concurrent Credential Applicants

  • Entrance interview and initial assessment of spoken and written Spanish

Post-Credential Applicants

  • Program application
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Entrance interview and initial assessment of spoken and written Spanish
  • Must be able to gain access to a bilingual classroom for fieldwork during EDUC 650 and 651/653

Cost & Financial Aid

The below listed prices reflect the current and upcoming Fall and Spring semesters and do not include any financial aid. Paying for college can be an overwhelming step in your education journey. We can help you find all the opportunities to reduce your out of pocket costs.

Tuition & Fees


Tuition per UnitAmount
700 Level$750
Teacher Education$750
MSN and LEAD$775
Other CostsAmount
Student services fee (per semester)$70
* MBA Field Placement Fee (charged for both the international and regional trip semesters)$1,500


Tuition per Unit Amount
700 Level $730
Teacher Education $730
MBA $785
MSN and LEAD $750
KIN $590
Other Costs Amount
Student services fee (per semester) $60
* Field Placement Fee (charged for both the international and regional trip semesters) $1,500

* This is an estimate. Costs subject to change. Please refer to the Catalog for additional fees. Cost of attendance figures are used for budgeting purposes only and represent an estimate of projected tuition and fees for the coming academic year. Actual tuition rates are approved by the Board of Trustees and may vary.

Types of aid

Financial aid can refer to scholarships, grants and loans, which are available to you from the government, the university or outside sources. Aid types vary depending on the type of student you are.

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Career Opportunities

School districts in the Central Valley, and across California, are rapidly expanding their bilingual education programs. With the Bilingual Authorization, you’ll be able to support newly added dual language (Spanish immersion) classrooms and programs at the elementary level and/or existing programs within secondary schools. 

School districts are constantly seeking out highly qualified bilingual teachers who are prepared to teach under FPU’s teacher education mission and vision.

Career Development Happens Here

The staff in our Career Development and Experiential Learning Center are here to help you prepare to enter the working world. Whether your a freshman or an FPU alum, there are a number of resources and trainings offered to help you find the internship and job you’re looking for.

  • Resume writing classes
  • Career assessments, exploration & planning
  • Job search and networking opportunities
  • and much more

Visit the Career Development Center