The Bilingual Authorization (BILA) Program prepares Multiple Subject, Middle Level,
Single Subject, and Education
Specialist teacher candidates and teaching credential holders to teach in Spanish. The program prepares teachers
to serve California’s culturally and linguistically diverse Emergent Bilingual/English Learners and to leverage
language as a means for access and equity.
BILA Program Philosophy
The BILA Program’s philosophy is based on the principles of education as a practice
of freedom, dialogical, and
cultural action. BILA candidates develop a depth and breadth of knowledge in the history, politics, and theory of
bilingual education, language and culture in education, equitable educational research and practices, and bilingual
instructional practices. The program values preparing bilingual and cross-cultural teachers who are reflective and
transformational in addressing the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse learners through collaboration with
families, schools, and communities
EDUC 653 – Biliteracy Education I: Contexts for Learning (3 units)
Biliteracy Education I: Contexts for Learning
Addresses the contexts for bilingual education and bilingualism in California public schools. Explores bilingual sociolinguistic/sociocultural competence and implications for learning and instruction, as well as authentic parental participation in schools and the family as a cultural resource to student learning.
EDUC 654 – Biliteracy Education II: Methodology and Cultural Contexts (3 units)
Biliteracy Education II: Methodology and Cultural Contexts
Addresses bilingual methodology and the cultural contexts for bilingual education and bilingualism in California public schools. The theories, pedagogy, and principles of second language acquisition are examined including inter- and intra-communication, transferability, and the interrelatedness of the domains of language. Explores the sociopolitical, historical, and economic role that Latinos and Latino culture play.
EDMS 573, EDMI 573, or EDSS 573 (7 units)
Clinical Practice in Elementary School Bilingual/ELD Settings
EDUC 655 Application of Bilingual and Second Language Acquisition Theories and Principles:
Practicum of Instruction in Bilingual Settings (2 units)
This course is for “add on” candidates, not completing EDMS/EDMI/EDSS 573. An examination and application of the theoretical and methodological issues in designing instruction for English learners in bilingual classroom settings through reflective, critical analysis of practice. Aspects of second language development will be covered, including curriculum planning and development.
CSET LOTE III Exam:
Spanish Language and Communication
Dr. Ana Hernández is Professor of Multilingual and Multicultural Education. She earned a doctorate in
Educational Leadership from the Joint Doctoral Program at the University of California
in San Diego and CA State University San Marcos. Her research examines issues of equitable
teaching practices and cross-cultural competence in dual language education. Dr. Hernández
taught for 32 years in California public schools as a bilingual/dual language teacher
in grades K-8th. She is one of the founders of the Association for Two-Way and Dual
Language Education (ATDLE), served as President of the organization, and is an active
member of their Advisory Council. In addition, Dr. Hernández is a national trainer
and consultant for dual language programs and involved in bilingual teacher preparation
through Global Learning Networks.
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Dr. Xochitl Archey is Assistant Professor of Multilingual and Multicultural Education and Coordinator of the Bilingual Authorization Program in the School of Education. She earned a Ph.D. in education from the Joint Doctoral Program at San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University. Frameworks of educational equity and social justice are central to her scholarship. Her published work and conference proceedings are in language acquisition for ELs with (dis)abilities and in teacher preparation, specifically in how teachers maximize educational equity through critical examination of social inequities. Dr. Archey taught in California public schools as an elementary school teacher.
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For curriculum related questions:
Dr. Ana Hernandez
Office: UNIV 400
For program related questions:
Dr. Xochitl Archey
Office: UNIV 424
For application and registration questions:
CEHHS Student Services
University Hall 222
The School of Education offers two advanced CTC credentials in addition to the MA in Reading, Language, & Literacy. The purpose of the Reading and Literacy Added Authorization is to prepare teachers to “lead from any seat” to support the development of students’ literacy skills and school district programs.
The RLAA and RLLSC specialist credentials provide advanced preparation in reading/language arts assessment and instruction, clinical and field experience, as well as a strong foundation in theory and research in the teaching of reading and writing in the preK-12 educational system. Coursework prepares candidates to work within diverse settings and to maximize learning for diverse student populations. In this way candidates will be prepared for many different assignments, including preventing reading difficulties as early as possible, working with struggling readers, and helping English learners attain success in the development of their literacy strategies. Students may also use these courses in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Arts in Reading, Language, and Literacy.
Candidates seeking the RLAA and/or RLLSC must hold a valid California teaching credential and have 3 years of teaching experience by the end of the program before they are recommended for the RLAA and/or RLLS credentials.
EDRL 606: Foundations of Literacy and Literacy Instruction
EDRL 610: Creating conditions for engagement and independence
EDRL 613: Multilingual learners, literacy and language
EDRL 614a: Reading and writing assessment
EDRL 614b: Integrating curriculum through fieldwork/clinical experiences
EDRL 616: Learning through text
EDRL 618: Teaching Literacy for the 21st Century
EDRL 619: Teacher Inquiry to Improve Student Learning
EDRL 623: Integrating Curriculum Through Fieldwork/Clinical Experiences
EDRL 627: Designing, Developing, and Evaluating Effective Programs
Erika Daniels, Associate Professor in Literacy Education, received her doctorate in Literacy from a joint program between the University of San Diego and San Diego State University Joint Doctoral Program. She teaches Literacy courses in the teacher credential program and advanced Literacy in the Masters program while also co-coordinating the Middle Level Education program.Her other professional role is as the Director for the Alliance to Accelerate Excellence in Education. The Alliance is a regional collaboration between CSUSM, community colleges, and K-12 school districts that focuses on a comprehensive and comprehensible pathway to college access and success. Before coming the CSUSM as a full-time faculty member, Erika taught kindergarten and middle school in East Los Angeles and middle school in Oceanside, CA. Erika's research interests are twofold and explore literacy practices for reluctant and disengaged learners and as well as how the context of schooling fosters or hinders the motivation of young adolescents.
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Elizabeth Garza, Associate Professor in Elementary Literacy
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Christiane Wood, Assistant Professor in Literacy Education, received her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction/Literacy Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Before coming to CSUSM, Christiane taught kindergarten, early elementary grades, and middle school and was a reading specialist (PK-12) in Wisconsin. Christiane received her Elementary Education and French B.A. and M.A. in Educational Policy & Leadership and Literacy Studies from Marquette University.
Christiane’s scholarly interests include early childhood literacy, multiliteracies, play/tinkering, educational technology, social justice, and educational leadership for change.
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