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Bilingual Education is a degree category that consists of the following common degrees:

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    Bilingual Education

    Degree programs in bilingual education prepare students to teach individuals who do not speak English as their primary language. Courses cover teaching methodology, linguistics and language acquisition, literacy, bilingual arts and sciences instruction, culture/multicultural education, research, and behavior and classroom management. In the United States, many of these programs focus on Spanish as the non-English language. Programs are, of course, also available in other world languages, including French, Italian, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, and others.

    It is important to note that ESL (English as a Second Language) education programs are not the same as bilingual education programs. The two are closely connected, but the typical ESL teacher speaks only English and his/her class is most often made up of students of various language backgrounds. On the other hand, as the name suggests, the bilingual education teacher speaks both English and the single native language of all of the students in his or her classroom. The ESL teacher teaches English, and only English. The bilingual education teacher teaches a broad elementary or secondary school curriculum.

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