Academic Programs at WSU Tri-Cities College of Education

Master of Education in ELL/Bilingual Education

Program Description

The non-thesis Ed.M. degree with a specialization in ELL/Bilingual Education focuses on developing teachers’ or other professionals’ knowledge and skills in working with culturally diverse students and communities. The required coursework emphasizes both theoretical and practical issues concerning language policies, second language acquisition, cultivating relationships with diverse communities and households, and the implementation of linguistically appropriate classroom teaching techniques. Candidates for the Ed.M. with a specialization in ELL/Bilingual Education may also choose to complete the required coursework for an endorsement in English Language Learners (ELL) and Bilingual Education (BLE) (see below).

ELL and BLE endorsements

The endorsement is added to an existing valid teaching certificate. With it, you can teach English language learners in preschool through grade 12, be more effective with English language learners in the regular classroom, or be a consulting teacher to assist other educators in effectively meeting the needs of English language learners. The ELL endorsement consists of 18 semester hours. The bilingual education endorsement includes successfully completing T&L 411: Bilingual Methods and Materials across Content Areas and the 18 semester hours for the ELL endorsement. Note that the endorsement requires a practicum in an educational setting where you work with linguistically diverse students (T&L 501).

For more information, contact Helen Berry, Program Coordinator at 509-372-7394 or email

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