Bilingual Education Specialist

Graduate Certificate

Hone Your Skills to Teach in Bilingual Settings

Research has shown that students who speak a first language at home are more successful in acquiring a second language in school. As a bilingual educator, you can help students use their entire linguistic repertoires to excel in the classroom and beyond. You will also become an advocate for multilingual learners (MLLs) in your school district while engaging with your students’ families and communities.

Designed for licensed educators, the final course of our Bilingual Education Specialist Certificate equips you with researched-based methods for teaching students in dual-language schools and supporting their growth as MLLs. Our course work is aligned with the Colorado Department of Education’s CLDE Endorsement standards and allows students to automatically apply for the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CLD) added endorsement and the CLD Bilingual Education Specialist added endorsement.

Please note that Spanish language proficiency is required for this certificate.

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Program Snapshot

Program Format
Online courses
Seven 8-week courses, one 16-week course

Time Commitment
18 - 24 months

Key Dates
Starts are offered in January, May and August

Kimberley Flores

"Students leave our program as lifelong reflective practitioners and as agents for change in their schools"

Name: Kimberley Flores
Title: Faculty Instructor
Hometown: Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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By the Numbers

Tuition discount offered for teachers and paraprofessionals
Estimated number of K-12 English language learners in Colorado schools*

*Colorado Department of Education

Program Details

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MAE 665E: Teaching Strategies for Linguistically Diverse Educators

Explore research-based methods and examine effective content-based instructional strategies for teaching English to CLD learners.

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MAE 605M: Diversity, Equity and Social Justice

Explore and reflect on multicultural perspectives, issues of social justice and societal structures that impact the success of individual students and programs, while examining your own beliefs and how these impact your role as an educator.

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MAE 665F: Biliteracy Development in the Spanish/English Dual Language Classroom

Discover current and emerging philosophies and research-based methods of teaching biliteracy, with a focus on the metalinguistic awareness needed for cross-language transfer. Please note about 80% of this course is taught in Spanish and is designed for the bilingual educator.

To apply to the Bilingual Education Specialist Graduate Certificate program, you will need:

  • Completed online application
  • Official degree-bearing transcripts from a regionally accredited university
  • Resume
  • Valid teaching license and minimum one-year teaching experience
  • Spanish language proficiency and access to multilingual learners (MLLs) in a classroom setting

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Tuition for the 2023-2024 academic year: $589 per credit hour
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Total program credits: 24-26

Earning your Bilingual Education Specialist Certificate from Regis sets you apart and expands your professional network — think of it as an investment in your future. Between scholarship opportunities and financial aid packages, advancing your education is within reach. Explore our Investing in Your Future graduate financing guide or visit our Office of Financial Aid on the web.

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The Bilingual Education Specialist Certificate program is offered by the Division of Education within Regis College.