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

The BAE program for elementary education with a concentration in 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 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 coursework 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 K-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 MLFTC Professional Pathways, 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, 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

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