1) Admissions Requirements
WRITTEN EXAM: Applicants must pass a written exam administered by the School of Education that assesses their knowledge of written Spanish; this can be taken before or after the interview.
ORAL INTERVIEW: All applicants must pass an oral interview which focuses on the candidate’s ability to communicate effectively in Spanish. In addition, candidates present a short lesson that demonstrates their ability to deliver content information in Spanish.’
BILINGUAL OBSERVATION: It is recommended that all bilingual applicants have a minimum of 5 hours observing in a bilingual setting. These 5 hours may be part of your 30 hour observation, if in the correct content area to which you are applying, or may need to be in addition if needed.
2) CSET Exam
In addition to the required CSET exams in the subject of your desired credential, students wishing to earn a Bilingual Authorization must also take the CSET Spanish Subtest V exam. You are encouraged to take the exam before the start of the credential year and must pass it before the Bilingual Authorization can be awarded.
Preparing for the CSET Exam:
Courses at UC Davis. The following classes may help you prepare for the CSET exam: Chicano Studies 10, Chicano Studies 50, Chicano Studies 110, Chicano Studies 130, Chicano Studies 135S, Chicano Studies 150, Chicano Studies 132, and Chicano Studies 112.
Books. The following books are a good resource when preparing for the exam:
- Chicano Movement For Beginners, ISBN-10: 9781939994646, ISBN-13: 978-1939994646,
- Latino USA Revised Edition, ISBN-10: 0465082505, ISBN-13: 978-0465082506
3) Field Placements
Candidates will participate in a student teaching field placement in grades K-6 in which Spanish is used as the language of instruction at least part of the day.
In addition to regular requirements
- Education 152 (prior to or during the credential year)
- 3 units of Education 253 and 1 unit of Education 298 instead of four units of Education 206B
5) University Supervision and Support
Bilingual supervisors will visit regularly. In addition to all other areas of supervision, an additional focus for Bilingual Authorization candidates will be on language use with attention to the following:
- Language/Spanish: Academic language in the content areas as well as instructional delivery such as use of commands, appropriate syntax, appropriate vocabulary
- Informal language to communicate and understand students’ use of colloquial Spanish, cultural terms, slang, and non verbal communication
- Culture: understanding the Latino Community
- Home/School communication: letters to the parents, parental involvement, homework, expectations