Dual Language Specialty


The Dual Language Specialty for bilingual educators holding a professional or initial teaching license and ESOL Endorsement. The Dual Language Specialty will enhance the teacher's skills by adding content and pedagogy expertise in dual language education.


Program Objectives

Educational Objectives

To enable students to:

  • Gain experience and expertise necessary to increase the academic and linguistic progress of students in dual language classrooms.
Professional Objectives

To enable students to:

  • Meet the Oregon state requirements for a Dual Language Specialization
  • Obtain the Dual Language Specialty added to an ESOL Endorsement

Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the Dual Language Specialty must:

  • Meet the requirements for admission to Master of education application and hold an ESOL Endorsement.
  • Demonstrate Target Language proficiency, which could be demonstrated by several avenues: (a) Completion of undergraduate or graduate degree in Target Language; (b) National Evaluation Series (NES) test in Target Language with passing scores; (c) ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), Reading Proficiency Test (RPT) and Writing Proficiency (WPT) in Target Language.
  • Complete the application form and fee to be considered for admission to the program.

Transfer Credit

No transfer of credits are available for this specialty program. Transferability of credits earned at this institution and transferred to another is at the discretion of the receiving institution. Consult the registrar's office for information on eligibility of transfer credit.

Residence Requirements

All work leading to the Dual Language Specialty must be completed within seven years from the time of matriculation. Extension of this limit requires approval of the Graduate Teaching and Leading (GTL) Faculty. However, only one such extension may be considered due to special circumstances, such as ill health. Reinstatement to the program after withdrawal requires Admissions Committee action and may subject the student to additional requirements for the degree.

Course Requirements

The Dual Language Specialty as a stand alone program is generally three semesters in length with 11 semester hours of coursework required as a minimum for completion. Of the total hours required for the program, 9 are in the dual specialty courses, and 2 hours of practicum in a Dual Language class are also required.

Completion Requirements

In order to complete the Dual Language Specialty students must:

  • Satisfactorily complete a minimum of 11 semester hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • Achieve no grade lower than a B in all core courses. If a grade of a B- or lower is received in a designated course, that course must be retaken (for more specific information, please refer to the student handbook).

Curriculum Plan

Dual Language Specialty (stand alone)

Dual Language Courses (11 hours)
DUAL 570 Applied Comparative Linguistics: English - Target Language 3
DUAL 571 Parent and Community Involvement 1
DUAL 572 Sociolinguistics and Education 2
DUAL 573 Biliteracy Instruction 3
DUAL 576 Practicum: Dual Language 2

DUAL Course Descriptions