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Elementary Education - Bilingual/Bicultural Teacher Education

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Focusing on the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures, the Elementary Education-Bilingual/Bicultural Teacher Education program at Illinois State prepares future teachers for state approval or endorsement to teach in bilingual elementary classrooms. You will be prepared for a professional educator's license in grades 1-6.

Candidates for this program experience a yearlong Professional Development School (PDS) internship in a bilingual classroom in Chicago, Elgin, Palatine, or Wheeling. Graduates of our program are certificated to teach in Spanish/English-bilingual elementary classrooms, English-speaking elementary classrooms, and often have a minor in Spanish or English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement.

Why Study Elementary Education - Bilingual/Bicultural Teacher Education?

Coursework in elementary education provides individuals with required licensure and also the background to understand the concepts and structure of teaching in elementary schools. The program prepares individuals to teach reading, writing, science, mathematics, life skills, critical thinking skills, and problem solving strategies to elementary school students. This is a competitive major at Illinois State University and is a well respected program. 

Related Majors

Related Skills

  • Enjoy working with children
  • Be creative and encourage children to be innovative
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Sensitive to the needs of other people
  • Strong organizational and planning skills
  • Ability to work individually and in a team setting

Related Fields

  • Camp Director
  • Day Care Center Director
  • Day Care
  • Educational Trainer Teacher
  • Peace Corps/AmeriCorp Worker
  • Recreational Professional
  • Resource Teacher]
  • Tutor

Career Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Renee Carrigan  110 Student Services Building  (309) 438-2200 

Internship Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Amber Bostwick  DeGarmo 232  (309) 438-5461 
Jill Donnel  DeGarmo 251  (309) 438-8769 
Carolyn Rutherford  DeGarmo 61N  (309) 438-5024 
Amanda Parrott  DeGarmo 58C  (309) 438-5029 

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for fall transfer students is September 1-January 15. For the spring semester, the preferred filing period is from April 1-August 1. You are encouraged to apply early in the preferred filing period for best consideration for admission into competitive majors. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Minimum GPA


Middle 50% GPA

2.80 - 3.38

Required Courses


Recommended Courses

  • Composition I and II (ENG 101 and ENG 145)
  • Speech (COM 110)
  • Structure of Math Systems (Math 152)
  • Biology (BSC 101)
  • Chemistry or Physics (CHE 102 or PHY 102)
  • Earth’s Dynamic Weather (GEO 211)
  • Children’s Literature (ENG 170)
  • History (HIS 135 or HIS 136)
  • Micro or Macro Economics (ECO 101 or ECO 102 or ECO 105)
  • Geography (GEO 135)
  • Political Science (POL 101 or POL 106)
  • Child Growth and Development (TCH 210)
  • Exceptional Child (SED 101)
  • Numerical Reasoning (Math 130)
  • College Algebra (Math 119) *Students may be able to test out of this
  • Physical Education for the Elementary Teacher (KNR 222)
  • Fundamentals of Statistical Reasoning (Math 150) 

Additional Information

It is strongly recommended that students meet the Basic Skills Requirement prior to enrollment. Visit the College of Education's website for details on acceptable ACT or SAT scores which can be used to meet this requirement.

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone Note
Derrek Drenckpohl  DeGarmo Hall 56  (309) 438-5873  Current Majors 

Middle 50% GPA

2.80 - 3.38

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

Application Period

September 1 - September 14, February 1 - February 14, May 1 - May 31

Application Information

Current students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on

Major Requirements

To be considered for acceptance into any of the Curriculum and Instruction majors, you must meet the following requirements. These requirements do NOT guarantee acceptance into the major.

  • Must have completed 12 hours of graded college-level coursework.
  • Must have passed the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) by application deadline. Information about TAP is available in the Cecilia J. Lauby Teacher Education Center in DeGarmo 56 and RegionalEducation Offices throughout the state. Tutoring for the Test of Academic Proficiency is offered through the Julia N. Visor Academic Center.
  • Pass ENG 101 with C or better.
  • Pass COM 110 with C or better.
  • The number of students admitted varies based on space availability and the quality of the pool of applicants. The range should not be viewed as a minimum for acceptance into these programs. After acceptance into a program, a minimum 2.50 GPA must be maintained to complete these programs. The following represents the middle 50 percent GPA range of admitted students for the last three semesters:
    • Early Childhood Education: 3.18–3.60
    • Elementary Education: 3.20–3.61
    • Middle Level Education: 2.90–3.62
    • Bilingual Education: 2.88–3.0

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone Note
Derrek Drenckpohl  DeGarmo Hall 56  (309) 438-5873  Current Majors 
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