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Bilingual Education

Bilingual Education class, students, classroom, John Kelly photo

Preparing students to be change agents and leaders in bilingual education.

Department of Literacy, Language & Culture

Education Building, Room 507
1910 University Dr.
Boise, ID 83725-1725

Program Coordinator:
Dr. Arturo Rodriguez
(208) 426-2243



To be a bilingual teacher is to be prepared to teach all content area subjects in two languages, Spanish and English, and to teach them in context of both the Latino and Anglo cultures. Bilingual teachers must be fluent in Spanish and English. The four major goals of bilingual education are as follows:

  1. Teach English to non-English-speaking students or students learning English;
  2. maintain the students at grade level in the content subjects while they are learning English;
  3. ensure students meet the same rigorous academic standards that all other students meet; and,
  4. prepare them to meet requirements so that they can graduate from high school on time.

Degree Programs

Master of Education in Bilingual Education M.Ed


See the website for updated scholarship information.

Admission Requirements

  1. Apply to the Graduate College and satisfy the minimum admissions requirements of the Graduate College. International applicants must satisfy the international admissions requirements.
  2. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning or a degree from a non-U.S. institution of higher education that is judged equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree by the International Admissions Office.
  3. A statement of 500-1000 words that explains your professional goals and the ways in which the program will help you achieve them.
  4. A list of your teaching experience.