Bilingual Education

Department: Early Childhood--Primary and Bilingual Education

Chairperson:Cynthia Valenciano

Program Coordinator Miguel Fernandez

Faculty: Cynthia Valenciano , Miguel Fernandez

Degree(s)/Certification(s): B.S. Ed. in Bilingual Education

+ State of Illinois Type 03 Certificate

Content Designation:

BIL

The Bilingual Program leads to the Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Bilingual Elementary Education. The purpose of the program is to prepare elementary teachers who can effectively teach all children, including English Language Learners (ELL). Completion of the Bilingual Elementary Education Program qualifies students for an Initial Type 03 (K-9) Illinois Elementary Certificate and a Type 29 (K- 12) Illinois Transitional Bilingual Certificate in Spanish. Completion of the program also qualifies students for State of Illinois Bilingual and ESL approvals for grades K-9, and for a middle grade (6-8) endorsement in language arts. Certification requires successful completion of the state of Illinois certification examinations in Basic Skills, Target Language Proficiency (Spanish), Content Area Exam for Elementary/ Middle Grades (K-9), and Assessment of Professional Teaching (Elementary K-9). The Bilingual Elementary Education Program maintains recognition status from the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), and meets Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) standards in elementary education.

General Requirements

  • Students are responsible for meeting the program and College requirements in effect at the time they officially register in a teacher education program leading to certification at Chicago State University, regardless of when they were admitted to the university.
  • Admission to the program is contingent upon good academic standing and acceptance by the department.
  • Admission to the College of Education is required prior to registration in any professional education courses other than BIL 4700/1450, 2000, 4150/3150, 4100/3100, 4050/3050, 4200/3200; ED 1500, 1520. 2000, 4312; PE 2040; PSYC 2020; and S ED 4301.
  • A one credit hour review course for the Illinois Teacher Certification Test in Elementary/Middle Grades (K-9) is strongly encouraged before applying to student teaching.
  • All student teachers will demonstrate they have met the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards, including mastery of the content knowledge as evidenced by a passing score on the Illinois Certification Content Area Test in Elementary/ Middle Grades (K-9). Students must submit proof of passing the certification test to the department before they will be allowed to apply to student teach. In addition, all candidates must pass the Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) certification test (Elementary K- 9) before completing student teaching.
  • All degree requirements must be completed within six years.

Note: Candidates must abide by all College policies stated in this catalog, unless exceptions or adherence to higher expectations are noted in program documentation.

Students must:

  • Pass the examination on the state and federal constitutions.
  • Complete 126 credit hours in:
  • General education - 42 credit hours
  • Area of concentration - 12 credit hours
  • Professional Education - 72 credit hours

Specific Requirements

General Education / 42 credit hours

Composition / 9 credit hours

ENG 1270 and 1280, CMAT 1130

Humanities / 6 credit hours

ART 1100 or MUS 1134; ENG 1260 or 2150

Natural Sciences / 9 credit hours

BIOL 1510; 3 hours in physical sciences; 3 hours in any other natural science.

Social Sciences / 12 credit hours

HIST 1310 or POL 1010; PSYC 1100 and 2040; GEOG 1000 or 1100

Mathematics / 6 credit hours

MATH 1010 and 1020

Area of Concentration / 12 credit hours

6 hours of Spanish 2000 level or above, and 6 hours of Spanish literature elective; or SPAN 2060, SPAN 3150 or 3160, 3-hour Spanish literature elective, and 3-hour Spanish culture elective.

Supportive Course / 1 credit hour

ELED 3092* (May not be counted for degree credit.)

*If student has not successfully completed Illinois Certification Content Area Test in Elementary/Middle Grades (K-9) he/she must take and pass ELED 3920.

Professional Education / 72 credit hours

BIL 4700/1450, 2000, 4230*, 4240 or ENG 4338; 4300*, 4150/3150, 4100/3100, 4050/3050, 4200/3200, 4400*, 4450*, 4401, and 4350*; ED 4312; ED 1500, 1520, 2000; PE 2040; PSYC 2020, READ 4160*; 4280; S ED 4301 and 4303*; ELED 4140*, 4170*, and 4190* or BIL 4220.

The courses must be passed with at least a grade of C.

* Restricted to students admitted to the College of Education.

Bilingual Elementary Education (BIL) Course Offerings

1451/146 TEACHING WITH TECHNOLOGY I (3)

Prerequisites: To be taken concurrently with BIL 1450 or ED 1520.

Introduction to Live Text and Blackboard. Includes planning the electronic portfolio.

2000/200 PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF BILINGUAL EDUCATION / FIELD (3)

Prerequisite: BIL 4700. Consent of the department.

Orientation to the bilingual classroom. Exploration into the roles of teachers, students, curriculum, and school cultures. Planning and construction of a thematic unit. Technology emphasis in construction and utilization of graphic organizers. Twenty hours of field-based supervised teacher aiding.

2001/201 TEACHING WITH TECHNOLOGY II (3)

Integration of software into thematic units. Includes slideshow, writing and rubric programs to be used in lesson planning.

4050/3050/367 STUDIES IN CROSS CULTURAL EDUCATION (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

The role of culture in the United States educational system. Examination of behavioral expectations and learning styles of students of different cultural backgrounds. Analysis of the impact that cultural diversity has on the development of educational programs.

4100/3100/365 TEACHING ESL: THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS (3)

Prerequisite: BIL 4700 or consent of the department.

Exploration of second language learning and acquisition theories as they pertain to ESL instruction. Sociolinguistic and socio-cultural issues related to the teaching of English as a second language are also investigated. 

4150/3150/350 FOUNDATIONS OF LITERACY IN LINGUISTICALLY DIFFERENT CLASSROOMS (3)

Prerequisite: BIL 4100 and consent of department.

Theoretical foundations for literacy instruction of linguistically and culturally diverse student populations.

Includes exploration of multicultural literature for children and young adults.

4200/3200/368 EVALUATION, ASSESSMENT AND TESTING IN LANGUAGE MINORITY EDUCATION/ FIELD (3)

Prerequisite: BIL 4700, 2000, and 4100 or consent of the department.

Issues in nondiscriminatory evaluation, assessment and testing of linguistic, academic, cognitive and social achievement. Instruction, assessment and documentation strategies, tools and computer based models at the local, state and national levels will be considered. Construction and presentation of a field-based case study. Twenty hours of supervised tutoring in bilingual classroom.

4230/329 READING AND LANGUAGE ARTS IN THE BILINGUAL CLASSROOM / FIELD (3)

Prerequisite: BIL 2000/ 200, READ 4180/308 and admission to the College of Education.

Methods and materials for teaching reading, writing and language arts to P-12 students whose primary language is Spanish. Emphasis on the examination of linguistic and cultural factors affecting the teaching of reading to English language learners. Fifteen clock hours of field-based experience.

4240/340 LANGUAGE AND LEARNING (3)

Overview of English language structure and use, including phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. Emphasis on topics useful to teachers of English language learners.

4300/331 METHODS AND MATERIALS FOR TEACHING IN BILINGUAL PROGRAMS/FIELD (3)

Prerequisite: BIL 2000 or consent of the department and admission to the College of Education. Proficiency in English and Spanish.

Approaches, methods, strategies and materials for instruction and assessment of children in bilingual education classrooms. Development of a thematic unit. Evaluation of educational software and introduction to hyper studio. Twenty-five clock hours of supervised tutoring in bilingual classrooms.

4350/378 METHODS AND MATERIALS FOR TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE/FIELD (3)

Prerequisite: ENG 4338, BIL 3100 or consent of the department. Admission to the College of Education. Techniques, methods, and materials for teaching English as a second language. Development of a unit and lesson plans appropriate for limited English proficient children. Students will be placed in ESL classrooms where they will conduct 20 hours of supervised tutoring.

4220/320 TEACHING LITERATURE AND HUMANITIES IN LINGUISTICALLY DIVERSE CLASSROOMS (3)

Prerequisite: Admission to CO; BIL 2000.

Approaches, methods, strategies and materials for teaching music, arts, and literature in linguistically diverse classrooms.

4400/374 FIELD PRACTICUM IN BILINGUAL ELEMENTARY EDUCATION / FIELD (3)

Prerequisite: Admission to the College of Education; completion of a minimum of two (2) of the following courses: ELED 4170; READ 4280, BIL 4300, 4350 and concurrent enrollment in the remaining; consent of the department.

Supervised hands-on experience in elementary classroom designed for students to apply teaching and learning strategies acquired in methods courses. Course content includes classroom management, school policies and rules, teaching strategies and technology. One hundred clock hours in the field. To be taken the long semester prior to student teaching.

4401/376: TEACHING WITH TECHNOLOGY III (3)

Prerequisites: To be taken concurrently with BIL 372, ELED 4200, 4740 OR ECH 4400.

4450/375 STUDENT TEACHING IN BILINGUAL ELEMENTARY EDUCATION / FIELD (6)

Prerequisite: Admission to the College of Education; completion of all other coursework in the approved program; a 2.5 grade point average in the concentration, in professional education, and in all coursework required in the approved program; and a passing score on the subject matter/content area certification test within the last five years.

Off-campus placement in a primary classroom (K-3) and an intermediate (4-6) or upper grade (7-8) classroom. One of the two placements must be a bilingual classroom. University and cooperating school supervision. Five full days including seminar for 16 weeks. No other courses may be taken during the semester of student teaching.

4700/1450 FOUNDATIONS IN BILINGUAL EDUCATION / FIELD (3)

Prerequisite: consent of the department.

Introduction to the philosophical, historical and pedagogical foundations of bilingual education. Essay writing demonstrating a thorough working knowledge of the history, philosophy, and politics of bilingual education. Fifteen hours of supervised teacher aiding. Writing emphasis course.