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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.  Beginning in Fall 2020, our DLD master's degree will be offered as an online pilot program consisting of 2 pathways. 

Pathway 1 is designed for 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 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 employmnet in the private, public, or non-profit sectors. Pathway 2 students complete 8 required courses and 2 electives determined through advisement.  


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. 

Program Requirements

Pathway 1 (4 courses/12 semester units transferred with approval from post-baccalaureate teaching credential program + 6 courses/18 semester units completed in DLD MA program for a total of 30 semester 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 695 - Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction (3 units) or Thesis Option: EDCI 698 (6 units taken over 2 semesters)
  • EDCI 541 - Designing Curriculum and Instruction in Primary and Second Language Settings (3 units)
  • Comprehensive Exam or Thesis
  • 4 course/12 semester units, with approval, from post-baccalaureate teaching credential program

Pathway 2 (total of 30 semester units without thesis or 33 semester units with thesis option)

Methods of Social Science Inquiry Requirements (6 units), take both of the following:

  • EDP 400 - Introduction to Educational Research (3 units)
  • EDCI 533 - Action Research Methods: Teachers as Inquirers (3 units)

Core (15 units), take all of the following:

  • EDCI 541 - Designing Curriculum and Instruction in Primary and Second Language Settings (3 units)
  • EDRG 551B - Assessment of Literacy with Bilingual Students (3 units)
  • EDCI 532 - Socialization of Literacy in More Than One Language (3 units)
  • LING 650 - Seminar in Bilingualism (3 units)
  • Take one of the following:
    • SCAE 564 - Language and Education Policies (3 units), Recommended Course
    • EDCI 530 - Cross-cultural Education: US and Global Perspectives (3 units)
    • SCAE 562 - Agency, Resistance and Identity in Education (3 units)

Concentration (6 units):

  • Take 6 units of advisor-approved electives. These must be selected in consultation with the DLD Program Coordinator, Professor Trini Lewis. Three semester units might be considered from post-baccalaureate credential study. Students are recommended to enroll in Summer Session 1, EDCI 500 Studies in Curriculum & Instruction to complete 3 semester units of elective credit and in preparation for Year 2 coursework and the university required comprehensive exam.

Capstone Requirement (3-6 units), one of the following chosen in consultation with an advisor:

  • EDCI 695 - Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction (3 units) and Comprehensive Examination
  • EDCI 698 - Thesis Study in Curriculum and Instruction (6 units taken over two semesters) and Thesis​


Course Descriptions

Please see the University Catalog for course descriptions.