Bridge Graduate Certificate in bilingual education (online)

Are you a certified teacher in Michigan? Obtain your state endorsement in bilingual education and apply your credits to an M.Ed. upon completion of Wayne State University’s online bilingual teacher certification program.

Important dates

  • Applications should be submitted at least three weeks before the start of the semester

Program highlights

  • Prepare for Michigan bilingual education endorsement
  • 100% online
  • Affordable tuition
  • Apply your coursework to the M.Ed. degree
  • Fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

What will you learn in the bilingual education certificate program?

This program is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively teach and support students in bilingual and multicultural settings. You learn to create inclusive, culturally responsive, and effective learning environments, and you prepare to have a lasting impact on your students’ academic success and cultural competence.

You’ll immerse yourself in topics like applied linguistics, teaching methods, literacy, and culture as the basis for language learning. By the end of the program, you will be well-prepared to create inclusive, culturally responsive, and effective learning environments for bilingual and bicultural students.


The courses you’ll take all lead to a PK-12 endorsement.

Learn more about the bilingual education certification curriculum.

Bilingual education graduate certificate online courses

Semester I

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 6
LED 6555 Integration of Language and Content in Teaching 3
BBE 5500 Introduction to Bilingual/Bicultural Education 3

Semester II

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 6
BBE 6560 Teaching Methods in Bilingual/Bicultural Education 3
BBE 6850 Applied Linguistics: Issues in Bilingual/ESL Education 3

Semester III

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 7
LED 6520 Teaching English as a Second Language/FL 3
BBE 6590 Culture as the Basis for Language Teaching 3
TED 5900* Post-Certification Clinical Experience 1

Semester IV

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 3-6
RLL 6700 Second Language Literacy Development 3
LED 6565* Assessment: Language Teaching 3

*Additional course for K-12 endorsement

Apply certificate coursework to an M.Ed. degree

In this program, you can seamlessly transfer all of your coursework from your endorsement training to the Master of Education in Teaching and Learning degree with a bilingual/bicultural education concentration. This enables you to streamline your path to teaching bilingual/bicultural students and gives you higher earning potential and career opportunities than an endorsement alone.

Bilingual teaching internship experience

Engage in hands-on learning with an internship in a bilingual, multicultural setting. You’ll learn to assess the cultural, educational, and linguistic needs of students with limited English-speaking ability, and you’ll gain valuable experience that will boost your career.

Career opportunities in bilingual and bicultural education

As our society becomes more diverse and interconnected, the need for bilingual/bicultural educators and professionals continues to grow. An endorsement in bilingual education will position you to benefit from increased salary, expanded job opportunities, and enhanced marketability.

Whether you decide to pursue classroom teaching, administration, advocacy, or advising, you will experience a meaningful professional life as you promote equity, multiculturalism, empathy, and community care in the classroom and beyond.

Tuition and financial aid

We’re committed to investing in your future. Our tuition and fees are lower than those of peer institutions in Michigan, and we award hundreds of scholarships each year to help our students afford their education.

Explore financial aid and scholarships.

Admission requirements

In order to be considered for admission, you must already be a certified teacher in Michigan. However, if you plan to apply to the M.Ed./Bridge Graduate Certificate in bilingual education joint program, you do not have to have a valid Michigan teaching license, but it is strongly recommended.

In addition:

You must be admitted to both the Graduate School and the College of Education. You must successfully complete the Oral Proficiency Interview of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in the (non-English) designated language. Learn more about this requirement.

Don’t wait! Applications to this program must be submitted three weeks before the start of the semester.

Earn your bilingual education endorsement online at Wayne State University

Elevate your teaching career and embark on a journey of cultural enrichment, inclusivity, and personal growth. Apply today!


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The College of Education educator preparation programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  

Accreditation means that a program meets the standards set by the academic and professional community. It’s a seal of approval indicating that the program prepares new educators to teach effectively.


Kathleen Crawford-McKinney, Ph.D.
Associate professor and program coordinator

Teacher Education Division

Phone: 313-577-0902

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