Bachelor's Degrees

Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies

Elementary Education, B.A.E. (Bilingual Option)

Are you interested in teaching children in kindergarten through grade 8 in dual language, bilingual, and traditional elementary classrooms? This two-year program begins in the fall or spring semester and culminates in both a Bachelor of Arts in Education and an Elementary Certificate K-8 with bilingual endorsement once all certification requirements are complete. Elementary teachers with a bilingual endorsement can teach in bilingual or dual language classrooms as well as traditional classrooms and classrooms with diverse language learners. The two languages are Spanish and English. Prior to entering the program, you will demonstrate your proficiency in Spanish. During the first three semesters, you take courses on UA campus and at a local elementary school. Courses at the elementary school focus on teaching practices. With the bilingual endorsement option, several of the courses at the elementary school are taught bilingually to demonstrate the teaching practices you are learning and to continue to strengthen your academic Spanish. These three semesters also include extensive classroom-based field experiences in dual language classrooms or classrooms with diverse language learners. The final semester consists of full-time student teaching in dual language or bilingual classrooms.

Format: In Person
Location: Tucson (Main Campus)

Study and research teaching foundations and methods
Gain hands-on experience working with children in K-8 classrooms
Prepare to teach in bilingual, dual language, and traditional classrooms with diverse language learners

Sample Courses

Take courses from top scholars in a variety of subjects, including:

  • TLS 401: Family, Community, and School Partnerships
  • TLS 300: Classroom Processes and Instruction
  • TLS 402: Linguistics for Teachers
  • TLS 406: Assessment and Instruction with English Language Learners

Student Teaching

You will spend a full year student teaching at a local K-8 school in a bilingual and/or dual language classroom. You’ll meet with the families of the children you teach and have professional learning opportunities that include faculty, mentor teachers, and university students. There are also opportunities to student teach abroad in Mexico.


Graduates teach in public and private elementary schools in grades K-8 in Arizona and other states. Other graduates have gone on to graduate school in counseling, special education, and policy studies.

Degree Requirements

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