Bilingual Authorization

Teacher Education Added Authorization in Spanish, concurrent with credential or post-preliminary credential
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  • 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.


  • 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


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

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

Admission requirements

  • 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

Course listing

Required Courses (14 units)

CodeBilingual Authorization Concurrent CoursesUnits
EDUC 606Bilingualism and Bilingual Education in the U.S.3
EDUC 607Bilingualism in Cultural Context/Aspectos de bilingüismo3
EDUC 650*Principles and Practices of Biliteracy Development in Spanish and English4
EDUC 651**Introduction and Methods of Bilingual/Multilingual Education (Multiple Sujects)4
EDUC 653***Reading and Writing in Bilingual Secondary Classrooms (Single Subject) 4

The courses listed above only represent the requirements for the Bilingual Authorization and do not include the full list of credential courses.  Please see the Preliminary Multiple Subjects credential or Preliminary Single Subject credential program sheet for those requirements. 
*Substitution for EDUC 642 or EDUC 692 for concurrent students.
**Substitution for EDUC 646 for concurrent students.
***Substitution for EDUC 693 for concurrent students.