The Single Subject Bilingual 2042 Credential (Secondary Education) is available to students interested in teaching in a bilingual Spanish school classroom. This credential authorizes teaching service in bilingual, departmentalized, subject matter classrooms. Because courses on methods of teaching subject areas are taught Spanish, as well as English, candidates must meet the respective language of emphasis proficiency requirements as outlined below.
Candidates who will pursue this credential need to specify “Single Subject Credential - Bilingual” in the application for graduate admission to SDSU (Code: 00100). Students applying for admission should electronically submit the university application along with the application fee as well as the supplemental department application (no extra fee). Directions and links to each application are available at http://go.sdsu.edu/education/admissions/preliminary-bilingual-multiple-and-single-subject-credentials.aspx.
Standards for Admission
- Completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
- CBEST. Students must pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) prior to admission to the Single Subject Bilingual Emphasis credential program. This examination is required by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Registration and test information is available at http://www.cbest.nesinc.com.
- Subject Matter Competency. Students must verify competency in a specified single subject area through a university assessment process which consists of reviewing coursework for completion of an approved teaching major or its equivalent at San Diego State University or another approved California teacher-training institution or through California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET). Competency will be assessed and verified by subject matter departments at SDSU. Requirements for the various single subject majors are listed with the academic majors in the General Catalog. Test scores submitted for verification of subject matter competency are valid for five years from the date of the examination. Information and registration materials are available at http://www.cset.nesinc.com.
- Grade Point Average. Candidates must have a minimum 2.67 overall or 2.75 in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted. Candidates are required to submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended and unofficial SDSU transcripts for GPA calculations. Students concerned about their GPA should contact an adviser in the Division of Education, 760-768-5551.
- Letter of Recommendation. Two letters of recommendation must be submitted attesting to the applicant’s following characteristics: (a) attitude, aptitude and ability to teach children; (b) personality and character; (c) academic ability. Letter of recommendation should be from a school teacher with whom the student has worked and the others may be from faculty and administrators.
- Tuberculin Clearance. Evidence of a negative tuberculosis test (these tests are valid for four years and must be in effect during the time that candidates are enrolled in the credential program) or X-ray showing no active tuberculosis. Clearance statements may be secured from Health Services, private physicians or HMOs, or public health agencies.
- Early Field Experience. Applicants must provide evidence of a minimum of 30 hours of experience with adolescent students in typical classroom settings within the last five years. Evidence must be documented. Credit in DLE 416L can be used to meet this requirement.
- Evidence of CPR training that includes infant/child/adult.
- Communication Skills and Aptitude for the Profession. Have an interview with the admissions and retention committee of the DLE Department.
- Autobiography/Goals and Philosophy. Candidates must complete a one to one-and-a-half-page essay of their goals and philosophy in education and a one to one-and-a-half page autobiography (one written in the language of emphasis and another in English) demonstrating an aptitude for the profession and written competence in both languages.
- California Certificate of Clearance. This certificate represents a background clearance and check conducted by the State Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation. Turnaround time for the clearance can take as long as eight months. Possessors of K-12 California credentials may satisfy this requirement by submitting copies of those certificates. Candidates must submit the application directly to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. A copy of the application must be provided to the DLE Department.
- Demonstration of Language and Cultural Proficiency. All candidates must meet Language Proficiency and Cultural Awareness requirements for the language of emphasis in their specific bilingual authorization.
- Spanish: Can be met via coursework or examination.
- Coursework: Complete DLE 416 with an 83 percent on the final examination and a minimum grade of C (2.0).
- Examination: Pass CSET LOTE subtests III and V (test codes 147 and 258, respectively) for Spanish language emphasis.
- Appeals Process. Candidates who do not meet all the admission requirements may petition the DLE Department Admissions and Retention Committee for individual consideration; petition letters must be submitted concurrently with the application packets.
- Application. Applicants should complete application procedures the semester prior to beginning the credential program. Call the department for DLE application deadline.
In addition to the minimum admissions standards identified above, the DLE Department Admissions and Retention Committee may also consider qualifications such as previous teaching experience and relevant working experience with children. Due to the number of applicants, application to the program does not ensure admission.
NOTE: Appointments for discussion of individual concerns relative to the credential program may be made with the Coordinator of the Division of Education, 760-768-5551.
Global Learning Experience Requirement
All candidates in the Dual Language and English Learner Education multiple and single subject programs are required to participate in an organized experience working with students across the border. This requirement consists of two weekends or four days, usually scheduled just before or after the start of the fall semester. Candidates work in small groups to create lesson plans to be implemented in transborder locations such as Tecate or Tijuana, Mexico. This experience will give candidates the opportunity to work with border students in a Mexican school setting, practice lesson planning, and create community among cohort and faculty. Details for the experience, including the registration number for the appropriate section of ED 450 Study Abroad, will be provided upon acceptance to the program. For details, contact the Department of Dual Language and English Learner Education at (619) 594-5155 or email@example.com; or the College of Education Global Cultural Experience Coordinator at (619) 594-3266 or firstname.lastname@example.org.