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Bilingual Authorization

General Information

Part of STEP’s primary mission is to cultivate teachers who understand the diverse needs of students in today’s society. Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education has historically taken a leadership role in the education of English learners, and STEP is proud to continue the tradition by offering the Spanish Bilingual authorization pathway to qualified multiple subject candidates.

For multiple subject teacher candidates interested in teaching in bilingual settings, the bilingual authorization allows a teacher to instruct students in English and Spanish. Teachers with bilingual authorization are highly sought after by school districts because of their special preparation to work with English Learners, and their ability to communicate in Spanish with California’s large Spanish-speaking student population and their families. STEP provides specialized experiences and content matter for bilingual authorization candidates with a focus on the curriculum and instruction, programmatic, linguistic, cultural, ethno-historic, and legal aspects of teaching in bilingual settings.

Bilingual Authorization option in STEP

The bilingual authorization pathway has a strong emphasis on both the development of content-specific pedagogy and preparation to teach culturally and linguistically diverse learners. Multiple subject candidates that pursue this option are still required to complete all of the regular requirements for the multiple subject credential. Candidates in the bilingual authorization pathway track must also complete the following:

Application requirements for Bilingual Authorization

Bilingual authorization candidates must demonstrate speaking, reading, listening and writing proficiency in Spanish. Frequently applicants have a Spanish major or minor, were raised in a multilingual community or have had significant other experiences with the language (ie study abroad, Peace Corps).

If you are interested in applying for the bilingual authorization pathway please be sure to check the box on the supplemental form in the online application.

For further information contact Viviana Alcazar by mail or phone at 650-723-2110.

  1. Methods and Materials in Bilingual Classrooms Course
    This course is taught primarily in Spanish and lays the groundwork for teaching in a Spanish bilingual education classroom. It introduces bilingual education theory, research, and practice, with a focus on literacy instruction in Spanish and the special considerations that arise from teaching in two languages. Candidates explore language, culture and methodology for the instruction of bilingual children as well historical, political, and legal foundations of programs for English learners. It provides an overview of general approaches to dual language instruction (e.g. content instruction in Spanish and English) and reviews specific pedagogical and curricular strategies that foster bilingualism and biliteracy. The course includes an emphasis on assessment issues and practices with Spanish-speaking bilingual students through a comprehensive portfolio of a child’s development of bilingualism and biliteracy. Through readings, discussion and assignments, this course also explores issues especially pertinent to bilingual authorization teacher candidates (i.e. those individuals who are committed to teach in dual language settings), such as the role and challenges of being a bilingual teacher and teaching for social justice.
  2. Placement in a bilingual classroom with a bilingual certified teacher.
    Bilingual authorization candidates complete their field work experiences in bilingual classrooms alongside a credentialed cooperating teacher.  Candidates have opportunities to teach in both English and Spanish and to focus on supporting students’ Spanish and English language development while simultaneously attending to academic growth.  Across the placements, candidates have opportunities to participate in both dual immersion and transitional models of bilingual education.  For the academic year, candidates are assigned a university supervisor with expertise in bilingual education.  Supervisors provide support in all aspects of the field placement as well as support for the candidate, as needed, in developing Spanish language skills specific to the school context.
  3. Pass the CSET LOTE exams in both Language and Culture during or prior to the STEP year. For more information about the CSET please visit:
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