Bilingual Authorization
(BLA) Overview
UCSD Education Studies Department
Single Subject Candidates
19 June 2012
Agenda
 A brief history: What’s new?
 UCSD’s approved Bilingual Authorization program
 Program requirements and timelines
 Q, A and discussion
A brief history
 Continuous growth in number & diversity of K-12 English
Learner (EL) students
 Changing K-12 EL program models (Post-227=Structured
English Immersion; increasing interest in dual-language,
immersion, and heritage language programs)
 SB 2042 (2001) replaced previously-optional CLAD emphasis
with EL authorization embedded in all preliminary MS/SS
credentials; BCLAD no longer an option (effective Jan 2012)
 New Bilingual Authorization Program Standards adopted
(2008) & new CSET: LOTE (Languages Other Than English)
exams developed in Methodology, Culture & Language.
What’s new?
 Move from “emphasis” (e.g., BCLAD: within an initial
preparation program) to “authorization” (Bilingual
Authorization = BLA)
 “Authorization” options increase flexibility:
 Complete an approved program concurrently OR
subsequently to earning a credential
 Allows program sponsors to determine equivalency
through combination of coursework and exams
What is “authorized”?
 Instruction in SDAIE (Specially Designed Academic
Instruction in English) = access to grade-level content
 English Language Development (ELD) = preK-12 and
adult
 Instruction for primary language development in the
language of emphasis and content instruction delivered
in the language of emphasis in a bilingual MS or SS
assignment (info on teaching a language as a single
subject provided later in this presentation)
UCSD’s Approved Program
The Bilingual Authorization program within the Education Studies Program (EDS) at the University of
California, San Diego, prepares Multiple and Single Subject candidates for the bilingual authorization in
Spanish, American Sign Language, Arabic, Cantonese, Filipino,
Japanese, Korean, Mandarin or Vietnamese. The program will also serve
credentialed teachers who wish to add the bilingual authorization to an existing credential that authorizes
service to English learners in California. Candidates develop depth and breadth of knowledge in the
history and culture of language of emphasis groups through a wide range of course offerings at UCSD,
including courses in the Departments of Linguistics, Literature, Anthropology, Ethnic Studies, and
History. Core EDS Bilingual Authorization coursework, conducted in collaboration with the EDS
Experimental Program in American Sign Language-English Bilingual Education, includes the history,
politics and theory of bilingual education, language and culture in education, equitable educational
research and practices, and bilingual instructional practices. All candidates engage in substantive field
experiences with K-12 students from language of emphasis groups through completion of student
teaching or internship assignments (MS and SS candidates) or a research practicum (postcredential candidates). Candidates demonstrate competence in bilingual methodology and
knowledge of the culture of emphasis through signature assignments aligned to the Bilingual
Authorization Program Standards that are embedded in core coursework and field experiences.
Candidates for the bilingual authorization in Spanish may demonstrate language competence through
coursework and program assessment. Candidates in all other languages of emphasis
demonstrate language competence by examination.
Rationale
 All Languages of Emphasis offered as Heritage and/or Target
Languages at UCSD
 Coursework in History and Culture of all Languages of
Emphasis offered at UCSD
 Significant populations of K-12 students from each of the
Language of Emphasis groups in SD County public schools
 UCSD student backgrounds & interests; bilingual, immersion
or heritage K-12 language program interest and/or
community needs
Concurrent Program Overview:
all MS or SS requirements PLUS
Languages of
Emphasis
Methodological
competence
Cultural
competence
Language
competence
Spanish
Program (EDS
125 and 352AB)
Program
Program OR
(Hist/Cult & EDS CSET: LOTE
courses) OR
CSET: LOTE
Asian & MiddleEastern
Languages
Program
(EDS 125 and
352AB)
Program
CSET: LOTE
(Hist/Cult & EDS
courses) OR
CSET: LOTE
ASL (part of MAASL program)
Program (EDS
125 and 342ABC)
Program
Program
(Hist/Cult & EDS
courses)
Course of Study
 EDS Bilingual Authorization Core Methodological Coursework*

EDS 117 (Language, Culture & Education)**

EDS 125 (History, Theory & Politics of Bilingual Education)

EDS 250 (Equitable Educational Practices)***

EDS 351 (Teaching the English Learner)***

EDS 352AB [EDS 342ABC for ASL] (Bilingual Methods)

Subject Area Methods (MS=EDS 361ABC; SS=EDS 37X & 376)***

Field experience (MS= EDS 190 + 369AB; SS= EDS 379ABC)***
*May be completed prior to, during, and/ or subsequent to credential
**course or equivalent required for MS-2/SS-2 admission
*** required for SB 2042 MS or SS credential recommendation
 Cultural Competence [Program or Exam Options]*:
 4-4 Units in History/Culture of Culture of Emphasis* AND
 EDS Bilingual Authorization Methodological Coursework
OR
 CSET: LOTE Subtest V in Culture of Emphasis*
*may be completed prior to, during or subsequent to SB 2042
credential requirements &/or BLA Methods coursework. MAASL coursework includes Program Option; Exam Option not
currently available for ASL.
 Language competence :

Spanish and ASL:

Program option: “Intermediate” or better on EDS Language Entrance
Exam (or CSET: LOTE, Span.) AND Score of “Advanced” on
Embedded Signature Assignments in BLA Methods coursework
(program exit)
OR


Exam option*: Pass CSET: LOTE Subtest III (Spanish only at
present)
Asian & Middle-Eastern Languages:

Pass CSET: LOTE Subtest II (Arabic, Filipino) or III (Cantonese,
Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Vietnamese)*
* May be completed prior to, during or subsequent to credential
requirements &/or BLA Methods coursework
Interested in teaching a world
language at the secondary level?
 Complete SS credential program in your subject area
(with or without Bilingual Authorization)
 Pass full set of CSET: LOTE exams in Language of
Emphasis
 EDS will begin offering a World Language SS methods
course in Summer, 2012 (EDS 276) – not required by
CCTC to add another subject area to your SS
preliminary credential, but may be of interest
Questions? Comments?
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