• FPU student, Victoria Ortega, siting and talking to young child in a classroom.

Students are able to earn the Bilingual Authorization concurrently with a multiple subjects or single subject credential or 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’ll be able to increase your awareness of and your ability to address the linguistic and learning needs of the students in your classroom.

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 face-to-face or in a blended format

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.

Program director

Charles Merrit, Ed.D.
Charles Merritt, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor, Teacher Education

Faculty

Sharon Merritt, Ph.D.
Sharon Merritt, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Education Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program

Admission requirements

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

  • Application form and fee
  • Education Plan form
  • Three letters of reference and forms
  • Official transcripts verifying BA/BS degree
  • 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

Send official transcripts to the Registrar’s Office or digitally to trans.evaluator@fresno.edu

Course listing

Required Courses (14 Units)

CodeTitleUnits
EDUC 606Bilingualism & Bilingual Education in The U.S.3
EDUC 607Aspectos Del Bilinguismo/Bilingualism in Context3
EDUC 650Principles & Practices of Biliteracy Development4
EDUC 651
EDUC 653
Methods of Bilingual/Multilingual Education
or Bilingual Reading & Writing for Secondary Classrooms
4
or 4