Non-degree Bilingual/Bicultural Education Endorsement Program

    Program Overview

    The non-degree Bilingual/Bicultural endorsement program offered at the GSE provides candidates with a foundational understanding of bilingual education in K-12 settings and associated instructional strategies; of language learning and the processes of second language acquisition; and of the relationships between language and culture. The program is usually completed exclusively online and is designed for individuals who already possess a New Jersey Standard Teaching Certificate or Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) in mathematics, science, social studies, or elementary education. Candidates holding a New Jersey Certificate of Eligibility (CE) in Bilingual/Bicultural Education, who are employed as a teacher in a NJ school, and are enrolled in an alternate route educator preparation program are eligible to apply to this program. 

    Candidates will be recommended for the Bilingual/Bicultural endorsement upon completion of the 4 courses within the 12-credit program. All 12 credits in the endorsement program must be completed online at Rutgers University. No transfer credits will be accepted. After completing all of the required courses in the program, graduates should apply for and will be endorsed by the GSE to receive certification in Bilingual-Bicultural Education from the NJ Department of Education. Students who are accepted in the program and are interested in taking one or more courses offered in-person on the New Brunswick campus must obtain special permission from their instructor.

    This program does not lead to a degree or initial teacher certification. Applicants interested in obtaining their initial teaching certification should apply to the Ed.M. certification program in English as a Second Language rather than this program. Bilingual/Bicultural certification is not available as an initial certification program.

    For more information about this program:

    Note to Students Currently Enrolled in the Program:
    The 21-credit Bilingual/Bicultural Education (BBE) endorsement program has changed to the new 12-credit BBE endorsement program (described above), effective fall 2020. Current students enrolled in the 21-credit non-degree BBE endorsement program who began on or before fall 2020 should note that the new 12-credit program requirements do meet the New Jersey Department of Education certification requirements. If you began the BBE endorsement program on or before fall 2020, you have the option of taking the new program with less credit requirements. Please contact the program coordinator for more information.

    Program Details

    Application Deadline

    Aug 15 / Dec 15 / May 15

    Entry Term(s)

    Fall / Spring / Summer

    Program Level


    Program Type



    100% Online



  • What You’ll Learn

    Students enrolled in the Bilingual/Bicultural endorsement program at the GSE will take foundational courses grounded in culturally sustaining language pedagogy and practice. Community-engaged courses will allow students to connect theory and practice, and to learn with and from multilingual communities. In doing so, you can expect to learn more about bilingual education in the United States and around the world, as well as the principles and practices underlying bilingualism-biculturalism in a multiethnic society.

    For more information about the courses in this program, please visit the course catalog and online schedule of classes.

  • Program Requirements

    12 Graduate Course Credits

    • 3 Credits – Principles of Language Learning: Second and World Language   Acquisition  
    • 3 Credits – Foundations of Language
    • 3 Credits – Academic English in the Content Areas*
    • 3 Credits – Bilingual/Bicultural Education

    *Students who have successfully taken both 05:300:452 and 453 as part of a 5-year or postbaccalaureate initial certification program at the GSE may substitute those courses for 15:253:510. Only students who took these courses as part of a GSE initial certification program may make the substitution.

    Linguistic and Cultural Learning Experience

    • All students must provide evidence of a second/foreign language or cultural experience such as:
      • Experience living in a second cultural setting
      • Completion of one or more foreign language courses (minimum 3 credits) 
      • Acquisition of a second/foreign language (in a non-traditional setting) 


    • Students will archive artifacts from various GSE courses via an online instructional and evaluation system as directed by faculty

    Students are expected to maintain a “B” or better average as a non-degree student. Accepted students will have 5 years to complete the program. After completing all of the required courses in the program, students should contact the Office of Academic Services at the GSE to notify them and to secure an application for the state endorsement. GSE personnel will then forward the completed application to Trenton along with a recommendation that the certification be awarded.


    Additional Requirements for New Jersey Certification:

    New Jersey statute N.J.S.A. 18A:37-22 requires that educators entering the workforce in the 2012 school year and beyond must have completed through their pre-service preparation (e.g., courses, practicum) a program on harassment, intimidation, and bullying (HIB) prevention. The HIB prevention requirements apply to the following programs: (a) teachers and education services personnel certifications; and (b) administrative certifications, including chief school administrators, principals, and supervisors. Details on the required training can be found here.

  • Careers and Outcomes

    With increasing diversity in New Jersey schools and a growing need for bilingual-bicultural educators, certified teachers who enroll in and complete the Bilingual-Bicultural Endorsement Program distinguish themselves from their peers and are better situated for priority employment, career advancement, and increases in compensation. Beyond acting as practitioners, graduates may find themselves in educational advocacy, advisory, consulting, and development roles, both within and outside of traditional school settings. Completion of the program can also serve as a pathway to a Master’s Degree in Language Education with Endorsement in Bilingual/Bicultural Education. Students admitted to the non-degree program who wish to also pursue their Master’s Degree with the Bilingual/Bicultural Endorsement are strongly encouraged to apply to the degree program as early as possible because taking the non-degree courses does not guarantee acceptance to the Master’s program.

  • Admissions Requirements
    • Photocopy of a New Jersey Standard Instructional Certificate or CEAS 
      • Applicants who hold a Certificate of Eligibility (CE) must provide a letter of employment from their school district and proof of enrollment in an alternate route educator preparation program
    • Personal Statement
      •  Statement should briefly describe an experience with English language learners and bilingual students and explains why the applicant wishes to enroll in our non-degree Bilingual/Bicultural certification program
    • 1 Letter of Recommendation
    • Official Undergraduate Transcripts
      • Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants are not usually admitted with a GPA less than 3.00 in their most recent degree.
    • Passing scores on the Oral Proficiency Interview and a Written Proficiency Test in English and in the Target Language Administered by ACTFL
      • Any test scores submitted must be less than 5 years old as of the application deadline. Scores must be official, not self-reported.

    Applicants are responsible for reviewing and confirming that they meet all requirements before the application is submitted. Rutgers Graduate School of Education will not  refund the application fee if an applicant is not accepted.

  • How to Apply

    Current Rutgers University Students:

    All applicants who are currently enrolled in a program at Rutgers University and wish to begin the certificate program while continuing their current program should contact the GSE Office of Student and Academic Services (OSAS) at

    Non-Rutgers University Students:

    1. Collect the materials required for admission
    2. Submit your application online at
    3. Submit supporting materials online
    4. Any supporting materials that cannot be submitted electronically should be mailed to Graduate Admissions’ New Brunswick office. Their mailing address can be found here:
  • Tuition


    Click here for the New Brunswick Graduate tuition rates.

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