New Bilingual-Bicultural Concentration Approved by Board of Undergraduate Studies

Released: 9/9/09

The Marquette University Board of Undergraduate Studies has approved a new bilingual-bicultural education concentration for the College of Education.

Crafted in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures, the new bilingual-bicultural concentration will provide elementary/middle and middle/secondary level teacher licensure candidates with the additional state certification to assist schools in meeting the increasing educational needs of linguistically diverse students in the United States. The success of the proposal is a testament to the diligence of many individuals, ranging from undergraduate volunteers to deans and department chairs.

"This new certification will help our students enact the social justice mission of the College of Education," said Martin Scanlan, primary author of the proposal. "It will empower them to more effectively engage linguistically diverse students and structure their classrooms in manners that recognize bilingualism as a strength."

The bilingual-bicultural concentration will require students to complete between 9-21 additional credits in Spanish and Education. The certification will be available to College of Education students beginning in fall 2010, pending approval by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.


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