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Dual Language Development

Master of Arts in Education, Option in Dual Language Development

30 units

Applying to the Program

Prospective applicants are encouraged to email Prof. Trini Lewis (trini.lewis@csulb.edu) to schedule an appointment for learning more about the DLD Master Degree Program.


Spring 2018: November 1, 2017

Fall 2018: June 1, 2018


International Applicant Deadlines:

Spring 2018: October 1, 2017

Fall 2018: April 1, 2018

Application Process

Application Packet »


Current and admitted students seek advising from Trini Lewis, program coordinator.

DLD Info Sessions

Information sessions specific to C&I may be scheduled during regular fall and spring semesters. To receive notification of program-specific sessions, please contact the Graduate Studies Office at ced-gradstudies@csulb.edu to be added to our prospective student list. We will notify you when a program-specific session is scheduled. Prospective students are encouraged to attend a Graduate Programs General Information Session.


Graduate Programs General Info Sessions

Fri, Apr 27, 2018 3:30pm EED Building, Check-In in the Lobby
Fri, May 11, 2018 3:30pm EED Building, Check-In in the Lobby

DLD Impact

CSULB opened doors for me and my commitment for working with English learners and bilingual students.

-Bonnie Bishop, Consultant, Center for Accelerated Learning

Program Overview

Our interdisciplinary program examines the literacy and language development of native English speakers, bilingual speakers, English learners, and/or speakers of non-standard English in grades K-12, including adult education. Literacy and language issues are examined within a global context.

Program Features

Our unique program features include:

  • Classes meet only 1 day a week in the majority of courses.
  • Hybrid instructional delivery model of online and in class sessions in the majority of program courses.
  • Fully admitted DLD graduate students who are employed as full-time teachers are eligible for tuition funding through the Teach Grant Program.
  • 3  units (and in some cases 6-9 units, depending on individual background and program) of semester credit can be applied from a teaching credential and TESOL programs towards the required 30 units, thus only 9 classes are typically needed for credential students.
  • A customized program of our course content can be designed to meet a school district's professional development needs.
  • Collaboration with faculty on professional projects specializing in literacy, linguistics, language development, second language acquisition, and English learners.

DLD Master Degree, Credential & TESOL Programs

It is possible to pursue a teaching credential and our master degree program simultaneously with all of the requirements completed within a two-year period. Applicants should demonstrate a second language proficiency, or have completed 6 units of language study, or equivalent. Our program works closely with the Spanish and Asian bilingual authorization credential programs. For additional information regarding the Spanish or Asian bilingual authorization credential (BILA), please visit the BILA website at http://www.ced.csulb.edu/credentials/bilingual-authorization-bila

Who Should Apply?

Our master degree is a 30 unit (10 classes) program designed for those who have a Bachelor of Arts degree and a teaching credential, or are pursuing a CSULB teaching credential. If you don't hold a teaching credential, then it is important to have experiences related to our specialization.

Our applicants speak a variety of languages such as Arabic, French, Italian, Korean, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Tagalog.  Please contact Dr. Trini Lewis, DLD Coordinator, for additional information.

DLD Graduates' Professional Positions

Additionally, our graduates are highly sought experts and enter professions such as classroom teachers, curriculum specialists, staff developers, and teacher educators.  Our graduates are employed in school districts such as San Diego, San Francisco, Garden Grove, Pasadena, Westminster, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Palm Springs, Torrance, Montebello, Anaheim, and Anaheim Union. DLD graduates are also consultants, or hold related positions in the private sector.  Other DLD graduates have  obtained work overseas in Japan, China, Taiwan, and Spain. Some also pursue doctorate degrees in higher education and/or work  at community colleges and universities.

Dr. Trini Lewis
DLD Program Coordinator
California State University, Long Beach
Department of Teacher Education
1250 Bellflower Blvd, MS 2201
Long Beach, CA  90806-2201
Office:  562.985.2078
Email:  trini.lewis@csulb.edu
Preferred contact method is email
Office Location:  ED2-256

last updated — Sep 27, 2017