Bilingual Authorization Program

Program Description

Teacher working with young student at desk.Offered virtually, and with a mix of mandatory class meetings and those that are taken at your own pace, the courses in the Bilingual Authorization Program are approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). The program is open to practicing teachers in our community with an interest in adding a Bilingual Authorization to their skill set. This summer, Spanish is the target language for the program.

Upon completion of the program, teachers will be prepared to develop, implement, and adapt curriculum and instructional strategies to promote student bilingualism, biliteracy, bicognition, and biculturalism in bilingual and dual-language settings. Teachers will also be equipped with the sociohistorical, sociocultural, sociopolitical, and sociolinguistic knowledge necessary to advocate for equity-centered bilingual education.

Please note that priority will be given to credentialed teachers that will be ready to submit their request for an added bilingual authorization at the completion of the program. 

Who Should Enroll?

This program is ideal for credentialed Los Angeles area teachers with an interest in adding a Bilingual Authorization approved by the CCTC to their skill set.                                                               

Tuition & Fees

Cost Per Unit Total Program Cost
$285 $1,995

Cost does not include CSET examination fees nor Bilingual Authorization CCCE recommendation fees.


The schedule for the Bilingual Authorization Program virtual meeting classes for Summer 2021 will be:

  • EDCI 5560, 90:  Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
  • EDCI 5570, 90:  Tuesdays, 6:15 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.
  • EDCI 5580, 90:  TBA

Students must participate in a Zoom meeting a week prior to the program start.


 The Bilingual Authorization Program will hold a mandatory Zoom meeting, one week prior to the beginning EDCI 5560 class.

The courses in the program will be delivered remotely via Canvas


Prospective students should hold a clear, preliminary, or intern teaching credential: World Languages CSET Subtest III (Spanish, Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese; Subtest II if Tagalog). The language requirement must be completed for admission or prior to self-recommendation to the CTC.

Students must obtain approval for eligibility requirements with Ana Zambrano.

Program Curriculum

Students complete seven (7) units of coursework including:

EDCI 5560 - Inquiry into Methods of Teaching Academic Literacy in the Target Language Prerequisite: Target language fluency at the 3000 level and graduate status or consent of instructor. Curriculum, research, and pedagogy in literacy in the target language grades K-12, for speakers of that language or for speakers English in bilingual programs. Instruction partly in the target language. Fieldwork is required. (3 units)

EDCI 5570 - Research and Pedagogy for the Bilingual Learner: Exploring Cultural Impact Prerequisite: Teaching credential, graduate status or consent of instructor. Traditions, roles, status, communication patterns of culture as experienced in specified country(ies) and the U.S. Cross-/inter-/intra¬cultural relationships/interactions and cultural contributions in California and the U.S. [i.e. Chicano/Latino; Chinese/Chinese American]. Fieldwork is required. Course conducted bilingually in target language and English. (3 units)

EDCI 5580 - Reflection, Synthesis, and Assessment: Bilingual Authorization Portfolio Prerequisites: Admission restricted to Bilingual Authorization Certificate Candidates. Teaching credential and teaching experience. This is a capstone course designed for candidates pursuing a Bilingual Authorization Certificate. Candidates demonstrate evidence of knowledge and skills of advanced coursework and bilingual teaching experience reflective of professional and academic growth achieved during the program. Graded CR/NC. Fieldwork required. (3 units)

To Enroll

Please email Ana Zambrano for verification of eligibility requirements.