Bilingual Authorization in Spanish

Summer Priority Deadline: February 1st

The priority deadline for the Bilingual Authorization in Spanish program is February 1st, 2023. Final application deadline is April 30th, 2023. Please contact admissions or Apply today.

The Bilingual Authorization in Spanish (BILA) is an added authorization pathway that prepares you to teach in bilingual, dual-immersion, and dual language classrooms from TK–12th grade. Pathways include:

  1. Post-Credential BILA: A sequence of 3 courses (7 units total) to add a Bilingual Authorization to an existing preliminary or clear credential. All 3 courses are online.
  2. Concurrent BILA + Credential: Earn your preliminary multiple subject, single subject, or education specialist credential along with your Bilingual Authorization. BILA courses are online; credential courses are in-person or hybrid.
  3. BILA + M.A. in Teaching: Combine a Bilingual Authorization with an M.A. in Teaching; BILA courses are online; M.A. courses are in-person or hybrid.

In our Bilingual Authorization program, you will develop the capacity to teach in a way that honors and builds on 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

1 year

Learning Environment


Online synchronous & asynchronous classes

Average Class Size

15-20 students per cohort

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

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.