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Bilingual/Bicultural Education

What is Bilingual/Bicultural Education?

This Bilingual/Bicultural Education Minor program prepares future K-12 teachers to teach academic content (math, science, language arts, etc.) in two languages, such as English and Spanish. The program is great for these majors:

  • Elementary Education (K-6)
  • Math Education (5-12/7-12)
  • Science Education (5-12/7-12)
  • Social Studies Education (5-12/7-12)
  • School Health Education (5-12/7-12)

Children in Bilingual/Bicultural Education learn academic content (math, science, social studies, language arts, etc.) in two languages. There are many benefits to Bilingual/Bicultural Education for children:

  • Higher academic achievement than English-only instruction
  • Students are less likely to drop out of high school 
  • Promotes reading and writing skills in two languages
  • Develops positive attitudes towards other people and different cultures
  • Builds self-pride and self-esteem

The program offers 22 hours of clinical teaching in a bilingual classroom with guidance from a bilingual teacher and the program advisor, so you are prepared before you student-teach and before you start looking for a job. Our minor program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching, so you can apply for an endorsement to your Minnesota teaching license. WSU is the only public institution in Minnesota that offers a minor in Bilingual/Bicultural Education.

More than 5 million students in the U.S. are learning English, and that number is expected to grow. Many school districts have a shortage of bilingual teachers; some districts even pay bilingual teachers more money than other teachers. There are over 70 bilingual/bicultural programs in Minnesota!

Bilingual/Bicultural Education teachers must demonstrate advanced spoken and written proficiency in English and the language of their students (e.g., Spanish). Our program prepares you to read, write, and speak at an advanced academic level so you can teach your students effectively in both languages.

Required Courses

(6 courses, 21-22 credits)

  • SPAN 301 Spanish Composition and Conversation or SPAN 310 Spanish for Native/Heritage Speakers
  • SPAN 395 Spanish Linguistics or SPAN 305 Practical Phonetics
  • SPAN 410 Latinx Experience in the US
  • ENG 350 Introduction to Language Study
  • ENG 480 Theories in Second Language Acquisition
  • BBED 407 Methods in Bilingual/Bicultural Education

*All courses must be completed before Student-Teaching.

View the Bilingual/Bicultural Education catalog.