Bilingual Authorization (BILA)

Bilingual Authorization (BILA)

Online Program


12 months


18 Units


Repurpose your language skills while repurposing your career. The demand for teachers with a Bilingual Authorization continues to grow as more school districts adopt dual-immersion programs, and those with existing programs expand to include higher grades. Take this opportunity to build the necessary skills.

Not a great test taker? No problem! This program offers the unique advantage of allowing you to satisfy the CTC Bilingual Authorization requirements by completing coursework and combining that with passing CSET-LOTE test scores. The coursework provides everything you need to promote a successful learning environment for students; a detailed look into the four domains of language, an overview of the historical, legal and legislative contexts of bilingual education in the U.S., and effective approaches to understanding cross-cultural relationships.

Designed For

Teachers who already hold a valid California teaching credential, CLAD certificate, and proven proficiency (listening, reading, writing and speaking) in a second language who are looking to provide instruction to English Learners through a bilingual setting.

What You'll Learn

  • Language acquisition and development
  • Methods for understanding cross-cultural, intercultural and intra-cultural relationships and interactions
  • Different bilingual education models
  • Interrelatedness among the four domains of language in both the primary and secondary languages of students
  • Instructional strategies including program implementation, comprehensive literacy instruction, differentiation, and literacy assessment
  • How to adopt district/state required materials to meet the unique needs of all students
  • Effective approaches for bridging home and school cultural environments

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Teaching positions are available in both private and public schools.

Program Overview


18 Units

“The instructors in my online program, Elaine Giron and Stephanie LaQua, were exceptional. They had a wealth of knowledge in their field and did a wonderful job of conveying ideas to the students. They made the learning interesting, fun, and applicable. They created a safe and positive classroom environment via the internet which promoted communication, resolve, and confidence.”

Dave Abdalla

Victorville Unified School District
Victorville, CA

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  3. Valid English Learner Authorization (CLAD certificate or CTEL Tests 1, 2, 3)
  4. One of the following valid California teaching credentials:
    • Multiple Subject
    • Single Subject
    • Education Specialist
    • Speech-Language Pathology or Clinical or Rehabilitative Services with a Special Class Authorization
    • School Nurse Services Credential with Special Teaching Authorization in Health
    • Visiting Faulty Permit
    • Children's Center Permit (excluding emergency)
    • Child Development Permit (excluding Assistant or Associate Permits)
  5. Passing score on CSET: LOTE III (Spanish) or CSET: World Languages Spanish III

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Orientation: Bilingual Authorization

EDUC 804.2

Survey of Bilingual Issues

EDUC X426.51

4 units

Quarter 2

Assessment and Methods of Instruction in Bilingual Settings

EDUC X426.52

6 units

Quarter 3

Reading and Biliteracy in a Second Language

EDUC X426.53

4 units

Quarter 4

Culture and Diversity in Bilingual Settings

EDUC X426.54

4 units

“After my first year of teaching, I spent a year in Central America learning Spanish. When I returned to California, I began teaching ELL students in the classroom, and I could totally relate to how they felt learning a new language. UCR Extension has a superb program to further California teachers' knowledge to help ELL students find academic success.”

Elaine Giron

Project Specialist
English Language Development
Menifee Union School District

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