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 (CTC) 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 enables in-service teachers to complete the needed coursework over the summer. The SIBT program combines coursework, classroom observation, and a teaching practicum. On campus housing is available. 

Why Earn a California Bilingual Authorization?
With a Bilingual Authorization teachers can teach the subject area(s) covered by their primary credential (Single or Multiple Subject) in two languages.  With growing research demonstrating the benefits of bilingual education, the number of immersion language classrooms is increasing. Teachers who are qualified to teach in two languages are in high demand across America. As many states have reciprocity agreements with California, teachers holding California credentials can teach in K-12 schools in other states. Out-of-state teachers should check with their state's Department of Education to confirm if a CA credential is accepted.

The program is open to educators from across the US who possess strong English language skills and expertise in either Spanish or Mandarin. 

Mandarin Proficiency Requirement | Program Registration
The California CTC requires candidates for the Mandarin authorization to prove language proficiency by passing the Subtest III of the CSET Mandarin examination. CSET dates, fees and sample tests can be found on the website. We recommend that SIBT participants take the Mandarin CSET before starting the program. CSET Mandarin Test Prep Workshops (a series of 3) are offered twice yearly by the UCLA Confucius Institute. Click here for information on the spring workshops.  

To begin registration for the Mandarin Bilingual Authorization, please complete the Preliminary Registration Form.

Spanish Proficiency Requirement | Program Registration
According to the California CTC, candidates seeking the Spanish Bilingual Authorization must demonstrate a range of language competence equivalent to passing the CSET. While passage of the CSET Spanish is not required for the UCLA SIBT program, candidates must provide evidence of advanced language proficiency. Before being admitted to the SIBT program in Spanish, candidates will therefore be asked to submit a speaking and writing sample. These samples will be evaluated by the instructors to determine eligibility. Demonstrating advanced proficiency is a pre-requisite to participation in the Bilingual Authorization in Spanish. See the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Standards Descriptions found in Appendix C. 

To begin registration for the Spanish Bilingual Authorization, please complete the Preliminary Registration Form. Once completed, information about the language proficiency evaluation process will be emailed to you.

Program Fees
Registration Fee: $350 
Unit Fees: $2052 ($342/unit x 6 units)
Document Fee: $50
Total Program Cost: $2452

Please contact our office to inquire about on-campus housing.

Students in the UCLA Summer Institute for Bilingual Teachers (SIBT) are required to successfully complete (3.0+ GPA) the courses below:

413A. Language and Culture (2 units)
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 (2 units)
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 (2 units)
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. 

Please contact the UCLA Confucius Institute (310.825.8839) with questions.