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Program Description

The Master of Arts in Education with an option in Dual Language Development (DLD) provides advanced preparation in curriculum, instruction, and assessment, emphasizing theory, research, and classroom practices related to dual language development. The Master's program is comprised of a total of 30-33 units. Two pathways are currently offered to meet individual needs:

  • Pathway 1 is a fully online program designed for credentialed teachers who completed a credential program or credential students who have nearly completed their credential program.  Pathway 1 students can transfer 4 credential courses (12 semester units), with approval, towards the DLD MA degree with only 6 core courses remaining (18 units) for obtaining the DLD MA.
  • Pathway 2 is designed for non-credential individuals who wish to improve their knowledge about culturally and linguistically diverse student populations at an advanced preparation level for seeking employment in the private, public, or non-profit sectors. These students also complete 6 core classes as well as an additional 4 classes (12 units) that support their educational interests to reach the 30 unit minimum required for the degree. Students may finish the program in three or four semesters and the additional 4 classes are offered in a combination of online, hybrid and in-person instruction.

A program planner will be provided to each student upon admission. Each Fall and Spring semester, Pathway 1 students typically enroll in 2 courses, while Pathway 2 students may enroll in 2-3 courses. Dual Language Development program core courses are fully online and are typically offered weeknights from 4:00-6:45PM or from 7:00-9:45PM, subject to change. A limited number of courses for Pathway 2 students is available for optional summer enrollment.


The following are required for admission to the program:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum 2.85 overall grade point average in last degree (not credential or certificate) earned from an accredited institution of higher education. Applicants whose overall GPA is less than 2.85 but meet the University minimum GPA requirement and who present compelling evidence of  academic and professional potential either through recent academic performance and/or experiential background, may be considered for admission at the discretion of the program admission committee.
  • Pathway 1 candidates must have a valid teaching credential.
  • Demonstration of bilingual proficiency or six (6) college semester units of a language other than English, or verified equivalent.
  • International applicants have additional university application requirements including meeting the English language proficiency requirement. Please visit the Center for International Education (CIE) website at  for more information. 

Course Descriptions

Please see the University Catalog for course descriptions.

Program Requirements

A minimum of 30 units of upper division and graduate courses are required. Pathway 2 students must have a minimum of 21 units at the 500/600-level taken at CSULB.

Degree requirements include the following courses:

Core Courses (15 units):

  • EDRG 551B - Assessment of Literacy with Bilingual Students (3 units)
  • EDCI 532 -Socialization of Literacy in More Than One Language (3 units)
  • EDCI 533 - Action Research Methods:  Teachers as Inquirers (3 units)
  • LING 650 - Seminar in Bilingualism (3 units)
  • EDCI 541 - Designing Curriculum and Instruction in Primary and Second Language Settings (3 units)

Pathway 1 or Pathway 2 (12 units):

Pathway 1 students will use 12 semester units of approved, accredited, post-baccalaureate teaching credential coursework, with advisor approval.

Pathway 2 students will take 12 additional units at CSULB.

  • Take one of the following (3 units):
    • SCAE 564 - Language and Education Policies (3 units) Recommended
    • EDCI 530 - Cross-cultural Education: US and Global Perspectives (3 units)
    • SCAE 562 - Agency, Resistance and Identity in Education (3 units)
  • Linguistics 500 graduate level course or other advisor approved course (3 units)
  • 6 units of advisor-approved electives. These must be selected in consultation with the DLD Program Coordinator, Dr. Trini Lewis.

Capstone (3-6 units):

Students select one of the following in consultation with faculty advisor:

Comprehensive Exam: EDCI 695 Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction (3 units) and Written Comprehensive Examination


Thesis: EDCI 698 Thesis (6 units, completed over 2 semesters)

Typical Schedule: Pathway 1

*Please note: Pathway 1 is for students who have 12 semester units of approved, accredited, post-baccalaureate teaching credential coursework

Year 1 - Fall

  • EDCI 532
  • EDRG 551b

Year 1 - Spring

  • EDCI 533
  • LING 650

Year 2 - Fall

  • EDCI 541
  • EDCI 695 and comprehensive exam

Typical Schedule: Pathway 2

Year 1 - Fall

  • EDCI 500
  • EDCI 505

Year 1 - Spring

  • EDCI 530
  • EDCI 533
  • Pathway 2 Course Elective #1

Year 2 - Fall

  • EDCI 625
  • EDCI 695S and comprehensive exam, or first semester of EDCI 698 (If Thesis)

Year 2 - Spring

  • One of the following:
    • SCAE 564
    • EDCI 505
    • SCAE 562
  • Linguistics 500-level course
  • Pathway 2 Elective #2 and second semester of EDCI 698 (If Thesis)

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.