Qualified Bilingual/English as Second Language teachers are in high demand throughout the state and nation. WIU offers a Bachelor of Science in Bilingual/Bicultural Education (Spanish language). Students who complete this program also complete all requirements for elementary education certification.
The Bilingual/Bicultural Education at WIU includes a supervised practicum field experience as well as student teaching, giving majors hands-on practice before entering the workforce.
Possible Career Paths
- Bilingual/ESL Educator
Why Choose Bilingual/Bicultural Education at WIU?
Students completing the program also complete all requirements to qualify for elementary certification. Students will be granted approval for ESL through the Illinois State Board of Education.
The Bilingual/Bicultural Education program has its own organization. The Association of Bilingual/Bicultural Education Students (ABBES) provides students with opportunities to participate in service activities, field trips, and career-related outings. Professional development activities geared toward working in the bilingual/ bicultural field are fostered by this service/social organization. Newly enrolled students are partnered with upperclassmen as a part of the association’s mentor program.
Various financial aid packages are also available at Western. Although some options consider financial need, others are based on academic success, potential, and commitment to an academic program. Each year, approximately 100% of students enrolled in this program receive some form of financial assistance.