Elementary Education (Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language) (BAE)

The most effective educators stretch. They keep going. They're relentless. They suspect that there's always a better way---and they find it. They embrace responsibility for the world's most important job. Graduates of ASU's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College receive best-in-class preparation that will enable them to thrive in their careers and play a vital role in improving the educational experience and outcomes of children.

The BAE program for elementary education, bilingual education and English as a second language offers students a firm grounding in current research about and best practices for English language learners, accompanied by real-world classroom experiences.

Students can expect to learn principles of first and second language acquisition, foundations of various program models, global awareness and diversity in families and communities in multicultural settings, as well as academic content areas including math, language arts, computer literacy and science with a specific focus on meeting the academic and linguistic needs of English language learners.

The elementary education, bilingual education and English as a second language teacher certification program is clinically embedded during the junior and senior years. The primary goal of all clinical experiences is to provide interns and student teachers with multiple opportunities to apply knowledge learned in course work to practice in preK-12 classrooms. Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College students complete internships during the junior year that require one day per week in grades 1-8 classrooms and student teaching, which is a full-time, year-long apprenticeship known as their senior year residency. Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College faculty and highly qualified mentor teachers from our partner school districts and charter schools collaboratively coach interns and student teachers during required clinical experiences with high concentrations of English language learners. The clinical experience provided by the program, known as iTeachAZ, is unmatched in Arizona. It provides students with an opportunity to work directly with children and make an immediate impact on classroom achievement. This intensive hands-on clinical experience model of teacher preparation creates highly sought-after graduates.

The program requires six credit hours of a foreign language or its equivalent and enables students to work with second-language learners.

Graduates are recommended for grades K-8 elementary teacher certification. Those desiring to teach in a public school must pass the appropriate Arizona educator exams, National Evaluation Series or Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments, in both content area and professional knowledge to be certified to teach in the state of Arizona. In addition, students must complete six credit hours of a foreign language or equivalent and pass an appropriate language proficiency test to be eligible for the BLE endorsement.

Degree Offered

Elementary Education (Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language) (BAE)


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Career Outlook

There is a great demand for teachers in Arizona with a bilingual education ESL endorsement. A high percentage of students from this program receive job offers during their student teaching. Many graduates with a degree in elementary education work in:

  • charter schools
  • nontraditional settings
  • private school settings
  • public elementary schools

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists10.3%$43,350
Distance Learning Coordinators 23.88%$76,860
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School8.59%$87,760
Education Administrators, Postsecondary2.26%$86,490
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program11.78%$43,950
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education 15.76%$53,400
Fitness and Wellness Coordinators 23.88%$76,860
Instructional Coordinators23.19%$60,050
Instructional Designers and Technologists 23.19%$60,050
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education15.03%$50,120
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 15.34%$53,430
Tutors 14.73%$43,400

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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