Curriculum & Course Schedule

Course Descriptions

Summer 2023

Sociocultural Contexts of Bi/Multilingualism in Latinx Communities (3 units)

This course supports Spanish bilingual teacher candidates to develop an understanding of the diverse histories and cultures of Latinx communities in the United States and enact an asset stance that honors and builds on students’ linguistic and cultural resources in the classroom. Candidates will learn about historical and contemporary patterns of Latin American immigration in the U.S. and California and the diverse transnational experiences of Latinx communities. The course also provides a foundational understanding of bilingualism and language use and development in bi/multilingual contexts. Candidates learn about translanguaging and bi/multilingual language practices in Latinx communities. The course is taught primarily in Spanish. Prerequisites: Fluency with oral and written Spanish is required, at least at ACTFL intermediate-high level. 

Fall 2023

Methods and Materials in Spanish Bilingual Classrooms (2 unit)

This course prepares bilingual teacher candidates to apply research and theory on bilingual language and literacy development to support the language, literacy, and content learning of emergent multilingual students in Spanish bilingual classrooms. Candidates are introduced to the history of bilingual education in California and the goals, opportunities, and challenges of different bilingual program models. They learn how to leverage both languages and create interdisciplinary instruction that integrates content learning and language and literacy development in both Spanish and English. This course is taught primarily in Spanish. Prerequisites: Fluency with oral and written Spanish is required, at least at ACTFL intermediate-high level. 

Spring 2024

Teacher Inquiry in Spanish Bilingual Classrooms (2 units)

This course supports bilingual teacher candidates to apply learning from BILA 301: Methods and Materials in Spanish Bilingual Classrooms in their own teaching practice. Teacher candidates will be supported to engage in a self-selected inquiry project over the semester. Through the inquiry process, candidates will use formative and summative assessment to learn about their bilingual/multilingual students’ language and literacy abilities and conceptual understandings. They will engage in a series of lesson inquiry cycles—designing instruction, teaching, video recording lessons, and analyzing their recordings and formative assessment data to inform their subsequent instruction. This course is taught bilingually in Spanish and English. Fluency with oral and written Spanish is required, at least at ACTFL intermediate-high level. Pre-requisite: Previous or concurrent enrollment in BILA 301: Methods and Materials in Spanish Bilingual Classrooms. 

 

Post-Credential BILA Program of Study

Summer Term (3 units) Units

BILA 303 Sociocultural Contexts of Bilingualism and Multilingualism in Latinx Communities

3
Fall Term (2 units)  
BILA 301 Methods and Materials in Spanish Bilingual Classrooms 2
Spring Term (2 units)  
BILA 302 Teacher Inquiry in Spanish Bilingual Classrooms 2
Required for Bilingual Authorization 7 units

 

BILA + M.A. in Teaching Program of Study

Summer Term (4 units) Units

MAIT 401 Introducing Inquiry  

BILA 303 Sociocultural Contexts of Bilingualism and Multilingualism in Latinx Communities

1

3

Fall Term (5 units)

 

MAIT 403 Pedagogical Knowledge 

BILA 301 Methods and Materials in Spanish Bilingual Classrooms

3

2

Spring Term (4 units)  

MAIT 404 Capstone Project 

BILA 302 Teacher Inquiry in Spanish Bilingual Classrooms

2

2

Total Units* 13

*For students who earned their credentials at Saint Mary’s. Students who earned their teaching credentials elsewhere will take one additional elective course.