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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 2016: November 1, 2015

Fall 2016: June 1, 2016

International Applicant Deadlines:

Spring 2016: October 1, 2015

Fall 2016: April 1, 2016

Application Process

Application Packet »


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

DLD Info Sessions

Graduate Programs General Info Sessions

Fri, Dec 4, 2015 3:30pm EED building (formerly ED1), Lobby
Wed, Dec 16, 2015 3:30pm EED building (formerly ED1), 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 Overveiw

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

Program Features

Our unique program features include:

  • Courses meet only 1 day a week.
  • Online and in class sessions
  • Fully admitted DLD graduate students who are employed as full-time teachers are eligible for tuition funding through theTeachGrant Program.
  • 3-6 units (and in some cases 9 units) of semester credit can be applied from teaching credential and TESOL programs towards the required 30 units, thus only 8 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.
  • Faculty specializing in literacy, linguistics, language development, second language acquisition, and English language 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, 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 including Arabic, French, Italian, Korean, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Tagalog. If you don't have a second langauge proficiency, please contact Professor Trini Lewis, DLD Coordinator, for additional information regarding possible alternatives for meeting this requirement, such as a desire for working with English Language Learners.

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. DLD Master degree graduates often gain full time employment in school districts.  Our graduates are employed in school districts such as 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.  Some of our DLD graduates have also obtained work overseas in Japan, China, Taiwan, and Spain. Additionally, other DLD graduates pursue doctorate degrees to work in higher education institutions.

Dr. Trini Lewis
Associate Professor, DLD Program Coordinator
California State University, Long Beach
Department of Teacher Education
1250 Bellflower Blvd, MS 2201
Long Beach, CA  90806-2201

Office Location:  ED2-256

last updated — Oct 20, 2015