Elementary Education (Educating Multilingual Learners)

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The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (Educating Multilingual Learners) prepares you to meet the needs of — and advocate for — linguistically and culturally diverse children, families and communities. You'll develop an awareness and understanding of multicultural settings and the challenges of students who are not proficient in English. In addition to studying language teaching models and the principles of first- and second-language acquisition, you'll build a general academic foundation in content areas such as math, language arts, computer literacy and science. You'll also gain professional experience before you graduate with internships and residencies in dual language classrooms.


View the course list and time to completion for this degree

Program locations

  • Tempe


This degree qualifies you for Arizona educator certification in:

  • Elementary Education, K–8
  • Bilingual education endorsement (students need to take six credits of a foreign language and pass a language proficiency test to be eligible for this endorsement).

You may be required to pass exams required by the state. Learn more from the Arizona Department of Education.

This program may also lead to licensure in other states. Learn more


Qualified educators are in high demand. Your future careers could include:

  • K–8 dual language or English as a Second Language teacher
  • Educator in nonschool settings, like nonprofits or cultural centers
  • English teacher in international schools

Professional experiences

MLFTC Professional Pathways provides internships and residencies that expose you to more ways of teaching and learning.

Junior year
You'll intern part-time in a dual language K–8 classroom.

Senior year
You’ll complete a full-time, year-long residency working as part of a team in a partner school.

Every team works with the support of a certified lead teacher and an ASU faculty member called a site lead, introducing you to more modes of professional collaboration and problem-solving while offering you as much support as possible. The result? School hiring managers tell us MLFTC graduates enter the education workforce with the poise and skills of second-year teachers.

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"Before attending ASU, I went to Estrella Mountain Community College and took courses in elementary education. One of the courses I had to take was about ESL students and how the teaching would be adjusted to assist these students. This is when I fell in love with the idea of becoming an ESL/bilingual teacher." — Cynthia Garcia (BAE '19)

Read more about Cynthia's journey.

Paying for college

To get an idea of what you can expect to pay, view ASU’s standard cost of attendance.

There are many ways to reduce your costs, including scholarships and grants just for education students.  Explore your options

Admission requirements

Students are required to meet all applicable ASU admission requirements for first-year students, transfer students or international students.

As a transfer student, you can ensure a positive experience by signing up for an ASU transfer pathway program. Find your path to ASU

Professional licensure

ASU offers programs that lead to professional licensure with the state of Arizona and may allow graduates to be eligible for licensure in other states. Please check the professional licensure list for Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College to determine if this program meets requirements in your state. Note that not all programs within Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College lead to professional licensure. Contact our enrollment team for more information: ASUeducation@asu.edu

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