Bilingual Authorization in Spanish

The Bilingual Authorization in Spanish (BILA) is an added authorization that prepares you to teach in bilingual, dual-immersion, and dual language classrooms from TK-12th grade. It can be added onto a preliminary or clear Multiple Subject, Single Subject, or Education Specialist teaching credential. It can also be combined with an MA in Teaching.

In our Bilingual Authorization program, you will develop the capacity to teach in a way that honors and builds onto the linguistic resources that bilingual students bring to the classroom to enhance their language, literacy, and content learning in Spanish and English.

Guiding Principles: 
● Honoring and supporting students’ bilingualism and multilingualism to create inclusive and socially just classrooms
● Centering the experiences of students and families who have historically been marginalized in the education system
● Understanding language and literacy development as sociocultural processes
● Creating rigorous learning experiences with responsive and differentiated support for students
● Developing an inquiry stance to create innovative and responsive pedagogy 

 

Program Details

Program Duration

Sequence of 3 courses (5 units total) designed to build the skills you need to grow and thrive as a bilingual educator. 

Learning Environment


All three courses are taught online with weekly synchronous meetings.

Average Class Size

10-15 learners per cohort. Cohort members in the program form a learning community. Your success starts with connections.

Why a Bilingual Authorization in Spanish?

Nearly 1 in 5 of our California public school students are English learners, and over 42 percent speak languages other than English at home. Our students bring rich multilingual resources to school! Earning a Bilingual Authorization will prepare you to build on students’ linguistic resources to support their learning in two languages. 

California needs bilingual teachers! Districts statewide are now expanding their bilingual, dual language, and dual-immersion programs in elementary, middle, and high schools. Bilingual programs enhance students’ learning across the content areas and graduate students who are bilingual and biliterate and have the cultural competency to engage across differences. By 2030, California has set a goal that half of our K-12 students will participate in programs leading to proficiency in two or more languages. Because bilingual teachers are in high demand, many districts offer additional stipends to teachers with Bilingual Authorizations.

Program Highlights

  • A program designed for busy teachers. All classes are taught online in the late afternoons and evenings or during the summer.
  • Learning with a cohort of fellow students.
  • Personal attention from responsive and supportive faculty who are experienced teachers
  • Intentionally small class sizes
  • Student-centered curriculum that focuses on applying what you learn in your classroom context
  • Admissions twice a year, in Fall and Spring

Post-Grad Success

Those who complete the Bilingual Authorization in Spanish (BILA) program have the opportunity to teach in a bilingual, dual language, or dual immersion program at the elementary or secondary level in a public, charter, private, or parochial school.