Certificate in Bilingual Education

Certificate in Bilingual Education

ACE is not currently accepting applications for, or enrolling new students in, this program. Prospective students may still apply for admission to any other certificate program. If you are still interested in a Bilingual Education certificate, please see the Certificate in English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education.

Prepare to strengthen students' native languages while building English proficiency and mastery of grade-level academic content. The Certificate in Bilingual Education equips teachers to select, adapt, and create rich and varied teaching resources for use in a bilingual teaching environment.

Through the Certificate in Bilingual Education, educators will learn how to:

  • examine research in the areas of literacy, first and second language acquisition, and transfer of content knowledge between first and second languages
  • employ a variety of assessment methods and tools to gain useful information about student development and progress
  • learn strategies to help students and their families become more integrated into the school and community

This online program provides teachers the knowledge and skills to successfully demonstrate the English as a New Language Standards set forth by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

This coursework has been approved by the Illinois State Board of Education to count toward coursework required for the ESL and bilingual endorsements.

Become an effective bilignual educator with this online certificate program. Start your application, or check admission requirements.

Program Summary The graduate level certificate in bilingual education is intended for teachers interested in working with students who are non-native English speakers. Students will explore theories of language acquisition, cultural implications, and teaching practices that address the instructional needs of non-native English speakers. All courses in this certificate program can be applied to a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Bilingual Education at American College of Education. View our faculty here. Program Outcomes Apply knowledge of language development and acquisition and cultural and linguistic diversity implement curriculum and instruction for English learners. Utilize academic standards to guide the selection of content and research-based instructional strategies to deliver the content. Develop assessment instruments, select materials, and monitor learning outcomes to enhance the academic development of English learners. Establish a culturally relevant environment by incorporating evidenced-based instructional resources, materials and technology. Engage in ongoing learning and leadership communities to analyze data and instructional practices and conduct research to enhance understanding of new language learners and their academic and social needs.



Semester Credits Tuition Per Credit Total Tuition
18 $215 $3,870

Applicable fees

  • Application fee: $50
  • Technology and library fee: $10 per credit hour (for a total of $180)
  • Program conferral fee: $100

2015 total program cost: $4,200. For more information, visit the tuition section.

For tuition and fees for students who are admitted, re-enter, or change programs and begin study in the February 22, 2016 term or later, please click here.

Professional licensure, certification, and salary benefit requirements for educators vary from state to state and district to district. American College of Education cannot guarantee licensure, certification, endorsement, or salary benefits. In some states, students may need to satisfy additional requirements for licensure, certification, or endorsement. It is the students' responsibility to understand and comply with requirements in the jurisdiction where they choose to work as an educator. In all cases, students are solely responsible for determining whether they are eligible for licensure in a state and to confirm the precise requirements that must be satisfied to be licensed in that state before beginning the program.

I am charged with being a leader to teachers so that they can provide a world-class education to children.

Kristen Rulison M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction 2013