Master of Arts in Education, Option in Dual Language Development

Program Overview

Admission to the Dual Language Development program is paused until 2025. 

Our interdisciplinary program examines the literacy and language development of native English speakers, bilingual speakers, English learners, and/or speakers of non-standard English in grades K-12, including adult education. Literacy and language issues are examined within a global context.

We offer a fully online program in Pathway 1 for those who have recently* completed 12 post-baccalaureate semester units from an accredited university**. A combination of online, hybrid and/or on-campus program coursework is available for those on Pathway 2. 

Request to be added to the 2025 prospective student list for this program.


Our unique program features include:

  • Fully online graduate program for students in Pathway 1 with 12 post-baccalaureate semester units completed recently* at an accredited U.S. university**.  Upon approval, this leaves only 6 graduate level courses (18 semester units) to complete towards the course degree requirements, which may be completed in 3 semesters. 
  • Admitted students who are employed as full-time teachers may be eligible for the Teach Grant.
  • Opportunity to collaborate with faculty on professional projects specializing in literacy, linguistics, language development, second language acquisition, and English learners.

*Coursework must be completed within 7 years of the semester and year of graduation. Revalidation of coursework taken more than 7 years ago is typically not approved.
**Accredited university is defined as a 4-year college or university that has been regionally accredited. For example, CSULB and all campuses in the CSU system, as well as UC's, are accredited.

DLD graduates are highly sought experts and enter professions such as classroom teachers, curriculum specialists, staff developers, and teacher educators. Our graduates are employed in school districts such as Culver City, Bellflower, Lynwood, San Diego, San Francisco, Garden Grove, Pasadena, Westminster, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Palm Springs, Torrance, Montebello, Anaheim, and Anaheim Union. Graduates are also consultants or hold related positions in the private sector whereas others have obtained work overseas in Japan, China, Taiwan, and Spain. Some graduates choose to pursue doctorate degrees and/or work at community colleges and universities.


Are you seeking a teaching credential? This program is for practicing teachers or other educational professionals and offers a master’s degree only. If you’re interested in obtaining a teaching credential, please visit the Teacher Preparation Advising Center. Students who are pursuing a teaching credential complete that program first, and then apply to the master’s program.  

Please note that CSULB does not have a combined teaching credential and master’s program. If your intention is to earn a master’s degree, you will need to be admitted and matriculated into the DLD program so that your degree can be conferred.