Undergraduate Bilingual Endorsement

Program Coordinator:  Dr. Alison Dobrick
Phone:  973-720-3674
Email:  dobricka@wpunj.edu
Room:  V4100

 This endorsement program is comprised of 12 credits at the 2000, 3000, and 4000 levels: 6 credits in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (ENG 4010: Linguistics and Grammars and TBED 3420: Cross-linguistic Approach to Bilingual Development/Bilingualism) and 6 credits in the College of Education (CIED 2050: Foundations of Bilingual and Multicultural Education and CIED 3050: Teaching Methods for English Language Learners). These courses address the following five, state-required content areas:

  1. Linguistics
  2. Language Acquisition
  3. Developing Literacy Skills
  4. Methods of Teaching Content in Bilingual Education
  5. Theory and Practice of Bilingual Education

This program reflects the importance of field experiences with bilingual students and so is coordinated with existing field work in your Education major.  Candidates for this endorsement will have experiences with bilingual students embedded in their practicum placement, student teaching, and other clinical experiences.

Pre-requisites:

Admission to and continuation in P-3, K-5, P-3/K-5 Dual, K-5/5-8 Endorsement, K-5/TSD Endorsement, or K-12 (Mathematics, Social Studies, or Science majors only)

Continuing in the Endorsement Program:

Pass oral and written language proficiency tests (OPI and WPT) in English and the target language. The English OPI must be passed with a score of at least Intermediate High.  The English WPT must be passed with a score of at least Advanced Low.  The OPI and WPT in the target language must be passed with a score of at least Advanced Low.  These requirements must be met before student teaching begins.

             Courses                                     Important Notes

CIED 2050: Foundations of Bilingual and Multicultural Education (3 credits)

This course also meets Area 4 UCC Requirements.

Fully online course.

CIED 3050: Teaching Methods for English Language Learners (3 credits)

Pre-requisite, CIED 2050.

Hybrid course.

TBED 3420: Cross-linguistic Approach to Bilingual Development/Bilingualism (3 credits)

 

ENG 4010: Linguistics and Grammars (3 credits)

If schedule conflicts with student teaching, students may take ANTH 2400: Word Play

(Total: 12 credits)

Language Proficiency Testing

Candidates must pass oral and written language proficiency tests (OPI and WPT) in English and in the target language.  The English OPI must be passed with a score of at least Intermediate High.  The English WPT must be passed with a score of at least Advanced Low.  The OPI and WPT in the target language must be passed with a score of at least Advanced Low.  These requirements must be met before student teaching begins.

Testing fees are approximately $400 total ($200 per language). Tests are given at the Valley Road campus. Schedule tests by emailing Dr. Alison Dobrick at dobricka@wpunj.edu .

Possible Grant Funding

Teacher candidates who successfully complete the endorsement (courses and testing) are eligible to apply for tuition reimbursement through the PATSEL (Preparing All Teachers to Better Serve English Learners) Grant at WPU.