Bilingual/Bicultural Education
Teachers College, Columbia University
Teachers College
Columbia University

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Course Listing

Please check the Class Schedule or contact the program for specific course availability for each semester:

Program Courses:

A&HB 4020 Foundations of Bilingual Special Education

This course is an introduction to the field of bilingual special education. It engages students in the study of the nature, psycho-social and educational needs of bilingual individuals across the educational life-span with disabilities. The course offers an opportunity to analyze the research in bilingual education in relation to the complexity of the over-and-under-representation of bilingual students in SPED, issues in relation to differentiating cultural and linguistic-related learning variations from special education issues, and instructional implications.

A&HB 4021 Foundations of bilingual/bicultural education
Offered in the fall. Review of the linguistic, socio-cultural, philosophical, political, and historical foundations that have shaped bilingual education policies, program models, and teaching and assessment practices. Analysis of how diverse bilingual education program models throughout the world respond to different linguistic, social, and educational goals.

A&HB 4024 Linguistic foundations of bilingual/bicultural education
Offered in the spring. Introduction to the study of bilingualism. Study of sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics as applied to the design and implementation of bilingual/bicul-tural educational models and materials.

A&HB 4028 Teaching literacy in bilingual settings

Offered in the spring. Prerequisite: A&HB 4021. Approaches to developing literacy in a second and native language in elementary and middle schools. Techniques for developing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills; developing language and literacy through the content areas; using children's literature; and assessing students' literacy development in the second and native language. Strategies to develop biliteracy in dual language programs.

A&HB 4075 Cross-cultural communication and classroom ecology
Offered in the fall. Examination of the influence of culture in the design and implementation of school instruction. Identification of salient theoretical issues related to culture and social organization as they relate to the education of ethnolinguistic and minoritized children. Exploration of the learning/teaching processes within the context of multicultural and bilingual classroom settings from a cultural perspective. Reflection upon the role of the teacher in creating cultural learning environments. Survey of research approaches which serve as tools to examine classroom interaction.

A&HB 4121 Bilingual/bicultural curriculum design in elementary and middle schools
Offered in the spring. Corequisites: ITSF 4133 and ITSF 4134. Permission required. Prerequisites: ITSF 4021 and proficiency in the English language and one additional language. The course focuses on: (a) linguistic, cognitive, developmental, and socio-cultural considerations in the design of bi/multilingual curricula; (b) exploration of bi/multilingual instructional methods and materials for use in language arts and content areas; (c) critique of current commercially prepared products.

A&HB 4133 Curriculum and methods for bilingual teachers: Science
Offered spring. Corequisite: ITSF 4121. Prerequisites: ITSF 4021, or permission of instructor. Intensive review of curriculum and methods appropriate to the teaching of the subject areas in bilingual instructional settings. Offered as needed for those wishing to obtain bilingual teacher certification.

A&HB 4134 Curriculum and methods for bilingual teachers: Mathematics
Offered spring. Corequisite: ITSF 4121. Prerequisites: ITSF 4021, or permission of instructor. Intensive review of curriculum and methods appropriate to the teaching of the subject areas in bilingual instructional settings. Offered as needed for those wishing to obtain bilingual teacher certification.

A&HB 4150 Teacher/educational inquiry: Bilingual/bicultural education
Open only to students registered in any of the M.A. Programs in Bilingual/Bicultural Education. Reflective inquiry focused on bilingualism or biculturalism in relation to instruction in the native language, native language development, second language learning, and the relationship between the theory and practice of learning and/or teaching in bi/multilingual/multicultural settings. Course supports students in development and presentation of their Integrative Project. Offered only in the fall.

A&HB 4323 Practicum/student teaching for practicing teachers in bilingual/bicultural education
Offered every fall. Permission required. This course is for current teachers or students with prior teaching experience. Practical application of bilingual and bicultural classroom practices in all content areas, the teaching of an additional language (ESL or LOTE), and the development of bilingualism. Classroom observations and supervision will be provided for full-time teachers and student teachers. Weekly seminars focus on teaching strategies for a variety of bilingual settings, including teaching content and developing language.

A&HB 4720 Student teaching in bilingual/bicultural education
Offered every spring. Permission required. Student teaching in bilingual elementary classroom. Practical application of bilingual and bicultural classroom practices in all content areas, the teaching of an additional language (ESL or LOTE), and the development of bilingualism. Classroom observations and supervision will be provided for full-time teachers and student teachers. Weekly seminars focus on teaching strategies for a variety of bilingual settings, including teaching content and developing language.

A&HB 5021 Assessment and evaluation in bilingual education
Permission required. Prerequisite: Introductory course in educational or psychological assessment. Survey of tools and techniques used in different types of assessment and evaluation including linguistic, psychoeducational, and programmatic areas; principles, limitations, and alternatives applied to the above as they pertain to effective bilingual programs. Emphasis on methods of assessment and evaluation that can be used by the teacher/supervisor with English Language Learners.

A&HB 5024 Bilingual/multilingual education: International perspectives
A survey of bilingual/multilingual educational policies and practices throughout the world. While such models and designs are analyzed from a comparative educational perspective, much attention is given to the ethnolinguistic, social, economic, and political contexts.

A&HB 6202 Advanced fieldwork
Permission required.

A&HB 6402 Internship in Bilingual/Bicultural Education
Permission required. Occasional opportunities in areas represented by the department. Students must inquire to see if opportunities are available during any given semester.

A&HB 6521 Seminar in bilingualism/bilingual education
A review of research in bilingual/bicultural education from an interdisciplinary perspective. The focus is on the analysis of research, evaluation methodologies and findings, and their potential application to current theory and practice.



Our Alumni

  • Dulce Noriega (Cohort 02-04)

    After graduating from the program, Dulce went back to California, where she married and lived in Monterey County, Salinas, California.  She worked as a fourth grade teacher in a district that had a high EL population and migrant community.  Most of the students´ parents worked in the fields.
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