Master of Education in Bilingual and Multicultural Education

Prepare for a career as a bilingual or English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher with this master’s degree. There is a growing demand for individuals with this preparation. With this degree, you can become a:

  • bilingual or ESL classroom teacher
  • bilingual or ESL resource teacher
  • teacher responsible for providing bilingual or ESL support in classroom or special settings

Degree requirements

For the 30-unit plan (please note that these programs do not lead to Teacher Certification), you will take:

  • 21 units of required Bilingual and Multicultural Education courses
  • 6 units of foundations courses
  • 3 units of electives

Bilingual Emphasis

If you wish to meet the Arizona Bilingual Endorsement requirements, you may, through careful planning with your adviser, earn this endorsement within your master's degree program.

Visit the academic catalog to learn more about specific requirements.

You need to demonstrate language proficiency in a second language.

ESL Emphasis

You do not need to demonstrate language proficiency in a second language. However, if you decide to earn either the bilingual endorsement or the ESL endorsement, you will need to fulfill the language proficiency and teacher certification requirements of these endorsements

Visit the academic catalog to learn more about specific requirements.

Admissions for Bilingual/Multicultural Education programs

To be admitted to one of these programs, you must:
  • have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • be admitted to the university’s Graduate College
  • have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) in your undergraduate program of study (some programs will also review your first 9 hours of graduate coursework to verify the 3.0 grade point average in lieu of an overall 3.0 in your undergraduate degree)
  • complete a program of studies form with one of our graduate advisers and submit it to our department office

Bilingual Multicultural Education (bilingual emphasis only)

  • Demonstrate at least intermediate proficiency in a second language by receiving a passing score on the Spanish proficiency examination or Navajo oral proficiency examination.
If you are a member of a Native American tribe other than Navajo, you may have tribal officials provide a letter documenting your proficiency in your particular language. You may also use academic records as evidence; for example, you might have an undergraduate major in Spanish and experience teaching Spanish in the secondary schools.
  • If you are an international student whose second language is English, you must earn a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).


You may pursue an MEd in bilingual/multicultural education with an emphasis in bilingual education, or you may pursue certificate programs leading to either the Arizona Bilingual Endorsement or the English as a Second Language Endorsement.
Please be advised, however, that Northern Arizona University does not grant either endorsement. To receive either a bilingual or English as a second language endorsement, you must apply to the Arizona Department of Education.
Please be aware that our degree program does not automatically lead to endorsement. If you are interested in both a degree and an endorsement, you must work closely with your adviser to achieve both goals.