• School of Education

  • Hamline School of Education
    MS-A1720
    Hamline University
    1536 Hewitt Avenue
    Saint Paul, MN 55104

    Phone: 651-523-2600
    Fax: 651-523-2489
    education@hamline.edu

  • Teacher Education Department
    Bilingual/Bicultural Education Additional License (K-12)

    Staff Advisor: Kate O'Brien (contact with general inquires, questions about course scheduling/registration, and to set up initial-advising appointments)

    Faculty Program Coordinator: Ann Mabbott, Ph.D. (contact with feedback or questions about the program)

    Department Chair: Rachel Endo, Ph.D.

    Bilingual/bicultural education is a program of instruction in English and another language, in which the two languages are used as media for instruction for any or all the regular school curriculum. The study of both languages, and the cultures associated with each, are integral parts of bilingual/bicultural education.

    Who may enroll

    Applicants must meet the following requirements for admission:

    1. Proficiency in the K-12 students’ native language at an “advanced” level on the ACTFL proficiency test
    2. Proficiency in English as demonstrated by passing the PPST test before licensure is granted

    Additional requirements:

    1. For the bilingual K-8 scope of work: A valid Minnesota license as an elementary teacher
    2. For the bilingual 5-12 scope of work: A valid Minnesota license as a secondary health, social studies, science, or mathematics teacher

    Courses

    The bilingual/bicultural license requires 19-21 semester credits, plus student teaching.

    View a list of required and elective courses >

    Coursework covers topics such as teaching methods, materials, second language acquisition, testing and evaluation, and developing literacy skills. Credits are in semester hours and are all at the graduate level. Some coursework is available online.

    Student teaching

    An advanced practicum (student teaching) experience is required upon completion of the coursework. It will be done at the grade level(s) in which you will be receiving licensure. Previous K-12 bilingual teaching experience is taken into consideration when determining practicum length.