• K-12 Bilingual/Bicultural Education Additional License

    Bilingual/bicultural education is a program of instruction in English and another language, in which the two languages are used as a means 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:

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

    Additional requirements:

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


    The bilingual/bicultural license requires 19-21 semester credits, plus student teaching. 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) and discipline in which you will be receiving licensure. 

    Disclosure Information

    K-12 Bilingual/Bicultural Education Gainful Employment

  • Learn More

    Contact a Graduate Admission counselor and request information to learn more about enrolling in the Additional Licensure program.

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