UCLA Summer Institute for Bilingual Teachers



Saturday, July 22 - Saturday, July 29, 2017

The UCLA Summer Institute for Bilingual Teachers (SIBT) is an approved California Commission on Teacher Credentialing program that gives K-12 educators the opportunity to earn a Bilingual Authorization in Mandarin or Spanish.  Led by faculty from UCLA's Center X in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies and experts in K-12 language teacher training, this 8-day intensive institute will enable in-service teachers complete the needed coursework over the summer, prior to the start of the fall semester. 

The program is open to educators from across the US who possess strong English language skills and expertise in either Spanish or Mandarin. The UCLA Summer Institute for Bilingual Teachers program combines academic coursework, with classroom observation and a teaching practicum with local students. Instruction will take place on the UCLA campus and at LAUSD's Mark Twain Middle School, a UCLA TIE-INS School that offers Dual Language Immersion Programs in both Spanish and Mandarin. 

Why a California Bilingual Authorization?
With the addition of a Bilingual Authorization, classroom teachers will be approved by the State of California to deliver content in the subject areas covered by their primary credential (i.e., Single Subject or Multiple Subject Credential) in two languages: English + Spanish or English + Mandarin.  With research demonstrating the benefits of multilingual education, supported by growing parent interest, the number of immersion language classrooms in America is increasing daily.  Teachers who are qualified to teach in two languages are in high demand across the United States.  Recognizing the rigor of California's teacher credential requirements, many states have reciprocity agreements with California that allow teachers holding California credentials to teach in K-12 schools outside the state.

Admission to the UCLA SIBT program is by Instructor Consent only.  Please complete the Registration Form (available March 1st).  Upon receipt of your registration information, applicants will be contacted for a phone interview in which oral/aural language proficiency can be evaluated.

Students in the UCLA Summer Institute for Bilingual Teachers (SIBT) are required to successfully complete (3.0+ GPA) the courses below which include a classroom fieldwork component:

413A. Language and Culture
Focus on language of emphasis for bilingual teachers. Practice in listening, reading, speaking, and writing competencies required for bilingual classrooms. Assessment made at end of course to determine proficiency of Bilingual Authorization Program candidates.

413B. Methodology for Primary Language Instruction
Consideration of models for developing cultural and language skills of home speakers of language of emphasis; practice in use of activities to develop student ability to use language for real-world and academic purposes in culturally appropriate ways. Consideration of models for teaching academic content in primary language for delivery of core curriculum to bilingual students.

413C. Culture of Emphasis
Discussion of commonalities of culture of emphasis in its home country or countries; major historical periods and events; values, belief systems, and expectations; migration and immigration; historical and contemporary demography. Letter grading.
*Language proficiency must be proven through personal interview and the successful passing of Test III of California CSET LOTE examination. 

CSET Mandarin Requirement
To be approved for a Bilingual Authorization in Mandarin, candidates must demonstrate language proficiency by passing Test III of the State of California's CSET Mandarin examination.  Click here for testing dates and locations. Test preparation: CSET Mandarin Test Prep Workshops (a series of 3) are offered twice yearly by the UCLA Confucius Institute.  The next workshop series begins April 1st, 2017. 

Registration for the 2017 UCLA Summer Institute for Bilingual Teachers opens March 1st.
On campus housing is available. Please contact the UCLA Confucius Institute (310.825.8839) for information and rates.