Loyola Marymount University is a recognized leader in the field of bilingual education. Our innovative programs are designed to serve those who strive to be professional, responsible, and socially aware educators prepared to succeed in culturally and linguistically diverse school settings. Our programs provide a solid groundwork in research-based best practices and prepare you to serve as leaders and advocates for equity and excellence in education. Our candidates benefit from comprehensive support for completing the academic and administrative requirements needed to obtain a California Teaching Credential. All of our credential programs are authorized by the state of California, as well as accredited by NCATE.
The passage of Proposition 58 in California in November 2016 has changed the state's educational landscape, as it has opened the doors to the teaching of English, as well as of, and in and through, other languages in programs being implemented in schools statewide. This has resulted in increasing job opportunities for qualified bi/multilingual individuals holding the proper authorization to teach in these programs.
With this in mind, the Loyola Marymount University School of Education offers a 3-in-1 program allowing prospective enrollees to complete a 39-unit curriculum that combines an M.A. in Bilingual Education, an SB 2042 Preliminary Teaching Credential, and a Bilingual Authorization (BCLAD) in either Spanish or Mandarin. Depending on the intended grade(s) level to be taught, there is specialization in elementary or secondary education. In order to apply for the Bilingual Authorization, prospective candidates must show fluency in Spanish or Mandarin across the four domains of language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Students pursuing a Bilingual Authorization and a Single Subject Preliminary teaching credential must choose a subject area in which to teach when choosing to add the Authorization to their teaching credential. To this effect, LMU offers Single Subject Preliminary Teaching Credentials in Art, Biology, Chemistry, English, Math, Social Science, and Spanish.