To be a bilingual teacher is to be prepared to teach all content area subjects in two languages, Spanish and English, and to teach them in the context of both the Latino and Anglo cultures. Bilingual teachers must be fluent in Spanish and English.
The courses in the program are all structured in terms of learning outcomes, and students will be assisted in achieving those outcomes through active, performance-based pedagogical strategies.
- Learning is a constructive/developmental process.
- The acquisition through application of content knowledge is essential.
- Teaching is a collegial act and requires collaboration.
- Education is essentially democratic, ergo political act.
- Providing Spanish language competence.
In this program, educators will examine multiple points of view, multiple theories, and practical applications that are grounded in a plurality of concerns, in order to create excellent classroom and other learning environments to educate a widely diverse student population. While teachers will be exposed to current theory, research, and practice, they will also spend a large proportion of their time constructing knowledge for themselves, with faculty guidance, through applied learning projects. In addition, they will participate in a capstone course, which is the culminating activity required to be taken after all course work has been completed.
Cost per 3-credit-hour class is the same for Idaho residents and non-residents.