Bilingual/Bicultural Education
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Emphasis/Concentration for MA, EdM and Doctoral Candidates

Students who wish to obtain an M.A., Ed.M. or Doctoral degree within another cooperating Teachers College program, but who have an interest in Bilingual/Bicultural Education, may choose Bilingual/Bicultural Education as an emphasis.  These students will take  highly individualized core courses within both programs.  Emphasis students will simultaneously meet both their department’s requirements and the requirements of the Program in Bilingual/Bicultural Education. If interested in pursuing this course of study, students must first get approval from their program, then make an appointment with a BBE faculty member.
          
The number of points required for Bilingual Emphasis varies with the degree desired:
Following is a list of courses recommended for emphasis students. The content and scope of courses will be contingent upon the major, degree, and interest of student. If you have any doubts, please consult an adviser. In addition, please check the current course schedule to see which courses are offered, as not all courses are offered every year.

Courses offered at least once per year:
 
A&HB 4020
 Foundations of Bilingual Special Education
3 points
A&HB 4021
 Foundations of Bilingual/Bicultural Education
3 points
A&HB 4024
 Linguistic Foundations of Bilingual/Bicultural Education
3 points
A&HB 4028
 Teaching Literacy in Bilingual Settings
3 points
A&HB 4075
 Cross-Cultural Communication and Classroom Ecology
3 points
A&HB 4121
 Bilingual/Bicultural Curriculum Design Elem/Mid School
3 points
A&HB 4133
 Curriculum & Methods for Bilingual Ed: Science
1-3 points
A&HB 4134
 Curriculum & Methods for Bilingual Ed: Math
1-3 points
A&HB 4150
 Teacher Inquiry: Bilingual Education
1-3 points
A&HB 4323
 Practicum in Bilingual/Bicultural Education
3 points
A&HB 4720
 Student Teaching in Bilingual/Bicultural Settings
4 points

Courses not guaranteed to be offered every year:
A&HB 4029
 Latino Children's Literature and Literacies
3 points
A&HB 4199
 Current Topics in Bilingual/Bicultural Education
3 points
A&HB 4801-04
 Language Workshops in Bilingual Education
1 point
A&HB 5021
 Assessment and Evaluation in Bilingual Education
3 points
A&HB 5024
 Bi/Multicultural Education: International Perspectives        
3 points  
A&HB 5123
School Counseling of Bil/Bic Children and their Families
3 points
A&HB 6521
 Seminar in Bilingual/Bicultural Education (Ed.M. or Ed.D)
1-3 points

Students seeking state teacher certification may need to complete a student teaching experience. Please use the information provided below, and also consult with an adviser.
  • As an emphasis student who is interested in state certification (Pre- K-12), a supervised teaching experience is required in a bilingual/bicultural classroom setting where the language other than English is the medium of instruction.
  • If you do not have your own bilingual/bicultural classroom, sign up with your advisor. You will be placed as a student teacher in a bilingual/bicultural classroom with a cooperating teacher. You will be expected to be at your placement for at least 3 full non-paid days per week for the duration of the College semester as well as meet other requirements.
  • Emphasis students who come into the program and are presently full-time teachers in a bilingual/bicultural classroom where the language other than English is the medium of instruction should register for the practicum (A&HB 4323).
  • If you are a full-time teacher but are not presently in a bilingual/bicultural classroom and wish to register for the practicum (A&HB 4323), make arrangements with your school principal so as to ensure that you have a bilingual/bicultural classroom where the language other than English is the medium of instruction during the period of the practicum (A&HB 4323).
  • An emphasis student who is interested in state certification (Middle or Secondary 6-12) is required to complete a practicum experience.
  • If you find yourself teaching at the secondary level, you should make sure that you have a bilingual/bicultural education classroom where the language other than English is the medium of instruction. This needs to be coordinated with some care since your previous teaching experience in a bilingual/bicultural classroom and your practicum (A&HB 4323) experience need to complement each other: one should be in Middle School (6-9) and the other in high school (10-12).
  • If you are presently teaching in a situation where the above-mentioned does not occur, you should postpone your practicum (A&HB 4323) experience until you have such a classroom or, you should be willing to leave your present position and be placed as a non-paid student teacher (A&HB 4720) in a bilingual/bicultural classroom.