Bilingual Authorization in Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin (with Multiple Subject Teaching Credential)

The bilingual authorization in Spanish, Cantonese, and mandarin (with multiple subject teaching credential) program at San Francisco State university is dedicated to preparing bilingual candidates to become competent bilingual, biliterate and bicultural teachers in a variety of school settings.

Our aim is to develop effective and reflective teachers who have strong foundations in critical pedagogies and culturally responsive teaching. These pedagogies are pathways to engage bilingual-bicultural students and their families in becoming agents of change in their communities.

The program consists of three semesters of coursework and fieldwork, with a fall start date only. Applicants to this program must demonstrate a high level of Spanish or Chinese proficiency. Language skills are assessed at the beginning of the program and students must pass a language proficiency examination (listening, speaking, reading and writing) to be recommended for the bilingual authorization.

We are actively recruiting potential applicants who are Spanish or Chinese bilingual, fluent speakers and biliterate. There is a great need in California for bilingual teachers in Chinese and Spanish.


Supporting Documents

Supporting documents for students, Master Teachers, and supervisors:


Program Options

The Multiple Subject Credential Intern Program is a part-time teacher certification program for classroom teachers (teachers-of-record) who are earning an elementary teaching credential at the same time they are employed by a public school. You must be currently employed or have received an offer of employment with a public school district in the Bay Area to be considered for an internship credential. For information please contact Dr. Arce, Chair of the Department of Elementary Education, jarce@sfsu.edu or (415) 338-1562. 

Upon completion of the credential program students have the option of continuing towards one of the MA programs in Elementary Education.


Program Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree must be posted before starting the program 
  • GPA: 2.67 overall or 2.75 in last 60 semester units or 90 quarter units 
  • Early Field Experience in a public classroom setting 
  • Fulfill Subject Matter Competency Requirement 
  • Fulfill Basic Skills Requirement 
  • Fulfill Second Language Requirement