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2021 UCLA Summer Intensive for Bilingual Authorization – Spanish or Mandarin

July 5

Our preliminary registration is full for this summer’s program and we’ve closed the application.

July 5 – 16, 2021 (Approximate)

July 5 – 9
Virtual synchronous classes  8AM – 5PM

July 12 – 16
Bilingual teaching residency 8AM – 12PM
Virtual synchronous courses continue  1PM – 5PM

Earn your Bilingual Authorization in Spanish or Mandarin

Are you a credentialed in-service K-12 teacher with expertise in Mandarin or Spanish? Earn your Bilingual Authorization over your summer break in just 8 weeks!

The UCLA Summer Intensive for Bilingual Teachers (SIBT) meets all Bilingual Authorization course requirements, is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, and is led by faculty from UCLA’s Center X in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies and experts in K-12 language teacher training.

Program Structure

The UCLA Summer Intensive for Bilingual Teachers begins with independent coursework followed by ten full days of intensive academic instruction and concludes with three weeks of final assignments to be completed and submitted independently. The two-week Intensive program includes coursework at UCLA in week one and a teaching practicum plus coursework at a school site in week two.

  • Online Language Fluency Screening – begins April 2021; must be completed by June 11, 2021
  • Pre-Assignments
  • 5-Day Virtual Synchronous Classes
  • 5-Day Virtual Microteaching experience plus coursework  (TBD)
  • Final Assignments

About the Program

The UCLA Summer Intensive 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 intensive enables in-service teachers to complete the requirements for the Bilingual Authorization over the summer. The SIBT program consists of three UCLA graduate-level courses. This coursework includes classroom observation and a teaching practicum. Students are required to enroll in all three courses. Enrollment in individual courses is not permitted.

To be eligible to be recommended for the Bilingual Authorization, participants must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  • Possess a valid California Teaching Credential and
  • Verify one of the following: Valid Language Development Specialist (LDS) Certificate, CLAD Certificate, teaching credential with an English Learner Authorization or CLAD Emphasis, or passing scores on all subtests of the California Teacher of English Learners (CTEL) Examination. Scores used for certification purposes may be no older than ten years from the individual passed exam date.
  • Successful completion of the summer coursework

Why Earn a California Bilingual Authorization?
With a Bilingual Authorization, K-12 educators 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 nationwide. Teachers who are qualified to teach in two languages are now in high demand. 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 with an English Learner Authorization is accepted.


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

413A. Lecture 1:  Language and Culture: Mandarin |  Lecture 2:  Language and Culture:  Spanish (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. Lecture 1:  Methodology for Mandarin Language Instruction in a Bilingual Setting | Lecture 2:  Methodology for Spanish Language Instruction in a Bilingual Setting (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. Lecture 1:  Culture of Emphasis:  Chinese in California | Lecture 2:  Culture of Emphasis:  Spanish in California (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.

Program Structure and Coursework Requirements

Prior to the beginning of the 10-day Face-to-Face Intensive students will independently complete readings and reflections, as well as language development and assessment assignments for 413A.

10-Day Face-to-Face Intensive 
During the 10-day Intensive, which will take place between the UCLA campus and a school site (TBD), students will participate all day (8 am – 5 pm) in an integrated model delivered through a combination of lecture and classroom observations and a teaching practicum.

Final Assignments  
Following the 10-day Intensive, students will independently complete and submit to the instructor final course assignments including development of an integrated bilingual unit of instruction, lesson plan portfolio, instructional materials resource binder, cultural mapping project, course readings, reflections and a final project. All assignments and evaluation of teaching practicum during the 10-day intensive will comprise the final grade.


The program is open to educators from across the US who possess strong English language skills and expertise in either Spanish or Mandarin. Before being admitted to the program, candidates will be asked to participate in an online interview to assess speaking and writing proficiency. Language proficiency 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.

Demonstrating Language Proficiency and Preliminary 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. To begin registration for the Mandarin Bilingual Authorization, please complete the Preliminary Registration Form. Once completed, an online interview will be scheduled.
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 pass a language assessment as evidence of advanced language proficiency prior to enrolling in coursework.

Our preliminary registration is full for this summer’s program and we’ve closed the application.

Program Fees

Check UCLA Summer Sessions website for 2021 fees.

2021 Fee Estimates
Registration Fee: $350
Unit Fees: $2160 ($360/unit x 6 units)
Document Fee: $50
Total Program Cost: $2560
This fee information is only an estimate intended to help you plan. Please visit the UCLA Summer Sessions website for fee details, important policies, and deadlines.


Please contact Jo Ann Isken at .

A partnership program of Center X, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, and the UCLA Confucius Institute


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