The Bilingual/Bicultural Sequence focuses on the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures, preparing future teachers to teach in bilingual elementary classrooms from Kindergarten through grade nine. Graduates often have a minor in Spanish
. Program requirements are the same as for Elementary Education
, plus additional coursework. The program generally takes one year longer than Elementary Education to complete.
100% hiring record for teacher candidates who seek employment as bilingual teachers after graduation.
- Technology skills embedded directly into methods courses.
- Diversity training in every course.
- Multiple clinical experiences (more than 155 hours, including teacher institutes and parent-teacher conferences).
- Required year-long Professional Development School (PDS) internship in a bilingual classroom in Chicago, Elgin, Palatine, or Wheeling.
- Available study abroad program, during which students live with families while taking Spanish language courses and observing in local schools.
- A high degree of professional readiness and satisfaction, as reported by our graduates and their supervisors.