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Undergraduate Program

The Bachelor of Arts in Bilingual Education is designed to prepare elementary school teachers (K-8th grades); it does not prepare you to teach high school. However, you would be able to teach English as a New Language (ENL) and bilingual classes at the high school level.  You would not be able to teach classes at the high school level that are not designated bilingual classes.

A degree in this program will qualify for an Idaho Standard Elementary Certificate (K-8) endorsed in Bilingual Education and ENL (K-12).  A degree in bilingual education does not restrict you to teach only in bilingual or ENL classrooms. You may teach in any elementary classroom, kindergarten through 8th grade.

About 95% of all bilingual education and ENL graduates from the BSU program are hired their first year out of college.  Districts such as Nampa, Caldwell, Marsing, Mountain Home, Wilder, Notus, Parma, Ontario, Nyssa, Fruitland, Payette, and New Plymouth, all have large numbers of Latino students who need bilingual instruction in order to succeed.  Most bilingual majors are offered teaching contracts even before they complete their student teaching experience.  In addition, an Idaho certificate is accepted by every state in the nation.  The job market is great!  Now is an excellent time to consider earning a degree in Bilingual Education and ENL.

Bilingual Education

To be a bilingual teacher is to be prepared to teach all content area subjects (mathematics, science, literacy, social studies, etc.) in two languages, Spanish and English, and to teach them in the context of both the Latino and Anglo cultures.  In other words, you must be fluent in Spanish and in English.  The four major goals of bilingual education are:

  1. Teach English to non-English speaking or limited English proficient children;
  2. Maintain students at grade level in the content subjects while they are learning English by teaching them in a language they understand;
  3. Ensure that students meet the same rigorous academic standards that all other students meet; and
  4. Ensure that they meet graduation requirement on time and graduate with their peers.

English as a New Language (ENL)

The primary purpose of ENL (sometimes referred to as Teaching English Language Learners) is to teach English to the students, enabling them to eventually succeed in schools where English is the language of instruction.  It is not designed to maintain students at grade level.


Courses required for Bilingual Education  and English as a New Language for more information go to State of Idaho Department of Education

How to Apply

You must apply to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Please contact Admissions at (208) 426-1156 or (800) 824-7017 #1 or visit for further information about Boise State Admission requirements and deadlines.

For more program information, please contact Martha Salas at (208) 426-4077 or toll free 1-800-824-7017, extension 4077.  You can also email your questions to