College of Education2012-2013

Department of Educational Specialties

Bilingual and Multicultural Education - Bilingual, Master of Education

If you are interested in learning about bilingual education and want a career related to the education of bilingual or limited-English-proficiency (LEP) students, you may want to consider this advanced degree.

This program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


What Can I Do with a Master of Education in Bilingual and Multicutural Education - Bilingual?

Are you preparing to become a teacher in the Southwest or another multicultural area? Do you want to gain the skills necessary to serve students from different backgrounds? If so, this program can help prepare you to serve bilingual and multicultural students in the classroom.

Our degree program prepares you for a career as a bilingual or English as a second language (ESL) classroom teacher, bilingual or ESL resource teacher, or a teacher responsible for providing bilingual or ESL instruction and support in the regular classroom or special settings. The demand for such skills is growing across the country. You must demonstrate intermediate language proficiency in a second language if you want to teach in bilingual settings. Our program can also help you meet the Arizona Bilingual Endorsement requirements.

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Bilingual classroom teacher
  • English as a second language teacher
  • Bilingual or ESL instructor support mainstream classroom or special settings
  • Curriculum specialist

University Requirements

  • To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)

    You must additionally complete:

    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
    • All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
    • All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Candidates in this program of study are required to demonstrate content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and skills, and professional knowledge to enroll in the fieldwork and capstone courses. Content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge or skills are demonstrated through candidate performance on key assessments embedded in the following courses:

Minimum Units for Completion 30
Additional Admission Requirements Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Arizona Certification/Endorsement Prepares student for Arizona Certification and/or Endorsement.
Research Individualized research may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
  • Candidates must:
    • Demonstrate intermediate or higher proficiency in a language other than English, to be documented by academic records or other appropriate means, such as testing by the Department of Modern Languages; or
    • For international students fluent in a language other than English, a score of at least 550 on the TOEFL test.
Master's Requirements
  • **If you have not completed a Foundations course prior to admission to this program, then you must complete one of EDF 500, EDF 670, EDF 671, EDF 672, EDF 673, or EDF 677. Other suitable electives may be substituted with the advisor's written approval.

    At least 50% of your courses must be at the 600-level or above. A maximum of two 400-level courses may be taken for graduate credit in the program of study. In addition, you must be admitted to this degree program before finishing your first 12 units of graduate work.

    Please be aware that if you wish to meet the requirements for a Bilingual Endorsement - Arizona Department of Education, you may, through careful planning with your advisor, earn this endorsement within your master's degree plan. Students seeking this endorsement must meet its coursework requirements by including:
    • 3 units of Linguistics
    • BME 531 (or an equivalent course approved by the advisor)
    • Documentation of their language proficiency by means of the Spanish Proficiency or Navajo Language Tests or by proper evidence from Tribal authorities or the Modern Language department.
    All endorsements are granted through the Arizona Department of Education. This endorsement qualifies candidates for the Arizona ESL Endorsement.
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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