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Is the Bilingual Authorization right for you? ¡Claro que sí! If you are bilingual and bi-literate in English and Spanish, and passionate about working with English Language learners, then we highly encourage you to add the Bilingual Authorization coursework to your credential program.

Undergraduate students, post-baccalaureate students, and teachers with a preliminary or clear credential, join us! ¡Los esperamos!

Bilingual Authorization can be added to an Elementary (Multiple Subject), Secondary (Single Subject), or Education Specialist (Special Education) Credential Program. Completers of the Authorization can provide instruction in Dual Language (Spanish-English) classrooms, structured English immersion classrooms, and English mainstream classrooms.

Candidates who complete the Multiple Subject credential with Bilingual Authorization, for example, can teach all subjects in Spanish and English in Elementary classrooms in order to support students’ development of both languages. As another example, candidates who complete the Single Subject credential in Social Sciences with Bilingual Authorization can teach their credentialed subject matter (history, mathematics, science, etc.) in Spanish and English to middle or high school students in dual language programs. Bilingual Authorized teachers can also provide targeted instruction in English Language Development (ELD) within English mainstream classrooms.

At CSUCI, courses in the Bilingual Authorization are taught in Spanish and English.

Upon successful completion of one of our credential programs along with our Bilingual Authorization program, candidates are eligible to apply for the relevant Preliminary Teaching Credential with a Bilingual Added Authorization issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). Prior to being recommended for this added authorization, candidates must successfully pass CSET Spanish III.


  • Full Admission to Phase II (Student Teaching and Methods Courses) of our Credential Programs requires successful completion of Phase I (prerequisites) and other applicable credential admission requirements. Bilingual Added Authorization candidates must successfully complete the Bilingual Authorization prerequisites in order to move forward with the Bilingual methods courses and bilingual student teaching.
  • Candidates for the Bilingual Authorization must hold a prerequisite teaching credential or earn the prerequisite credential simultaneously with an English Learner Authorization or be eligible for an English Learner Authorization.

Liberal Studies Teaching and Learning: Bilingual Authorization Emphasis

The 9 units of Bilingual Authorization Prerequisite coursework required for CSUCI's Credential programs will be embedded in this undergraduate pathway. 

Concurrent Pathway

Bilingual Authorization (Concurrent) Pathway (PDF, 783KB)- For candidates interested in pursuing the Bilingual Authorization concurrently while enrolled in one of CSUCI's Credential Programs.

  • Candidates will be required to submit a credential application and meet all credential admission requirements (including passing CSET Spanish III score report) to be considered for admission for a Credential Program + Bilingual Authorization Pathway.
  • See Credential Counselor contact information below for guidance. 

Summer Add-On Pathway 

For already credentialed teachers interested in adding the Bilingual Authorization to their existing credential. During the summer program, candidates will complete 9 units of summer coursework and be required to provide passing CSET Spanish III score report to be eligible for the added authorization. 


Additional Information

Contact Us

Necole RamirezNecole Ramirez
Bilingual Authorization Counselor

Schedule an appointment with Necole 

Dr. Kathleen ContrerasDr. Luz Yadira Herrera

Coordinator, Bilingual Authorization 

Dr. Jeanne GrierDr. Jeanne Grier
Chair, Credential Programs

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