Bilingual & Dual Language Education Endorsement

Are you a licensed teacher who is seeking a Bilingual Education Endorsement so that you can better meet the needs of students in classrooms where more than one language is being spoken?

On November 22, 2017, Governor Baker signed into law the Act Relative to Language Opportunity for Our Kids (LOOK). Under the LOOK Act, The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is required to “provide an endorsement in bilingual education which shall include both coursework and a field experience for bilingual education teachers to acquire the competencies necessary to teach in bilingual education settings” (DESE, 2018). UMass created a Bilingual & Dual Language Education Endorsement that was approved by DESE in spring 2019.

Curriculum

The UMass Amherst College of Education Bilingual & Dual Language Education Endorsement is a 15 credit program that includes the following courses: 

  • EDUC 749 Multilingualism & Society (3 credits)
  • EDUC 615S Language & Literacy Policy and Planning (3 credits)
  • EDUC 697W Special Topics- Critical Innovations in World & Second Language Curriculum Development (3 credits) 
  • EDUC 615L Seminar in Cross-cultural Communication (3 credits) 
  • EDUC 698AP Field Experience (3 credits).  

Prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s Degree 
  • Current core classroom teaching license in Massachusetts (Initial License at a minimum)

Requirements for Endorsement 

  • Teachers need to satisfy the partner language test requirement by achieving a passing score on the corresponding MTEL or by passing the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) offered through the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages. 
  • Teachers need to satisfy the 75 hours field-based experience in a Pre-K-–12 dual language education or transitional bilingual education program, two-way immersion program, or another bilingual education setting. Candidates in the EDUC 698AP course will complete their supervised 75-hour field experience. 

(NOTE: this endorsement does not lead to an initial license)

For more information or to get started on the application process contact Dr. Marialuisa Di Stefano (marialuisadi@umass.edu)