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Dual Language Specialization

Dual language bilingual programs serve K-12 students with the goals of developing students’ bilingualism, biliteracy, and biculturalism.  Sometimes these programs are also referred to as dual immersion or two-way immersion because the classrooms are generally comprised of approximately half native English speakers and half native speakers of the other target language who learn academic content together.

The Dual Language Specialization is “added value” on an Oregon-issued teaching license, indicating that the educator has demonstrated exceptional knowledge, skills and dispositions in dual language bilingual pedagogy and practice.  The Dual Language Specialization meets standards set by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC).  Our program was approved by Oregon’s Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) on June 23, 2020. 

The Dual Language Specialization (DLS) provides opportunities to gain cross-cultural competencies and increase language proficiency skills through teaching linguistically and culturally diverse K-12 students and interacting with these students’ families in the communities where they live.

Undergraduates and graduates may earn the DLS by pursing the ESOL endorsement, an additional DL methodology course and participating in field and clinical experiences in a dual language classroom.  Proficiency in English and a language other than English is a necessity.  The following tables show the requirements for adding a DLS to an initial teaching license.

Dual Language Specialization Curriculum for Undergraduates



Field or Clinical Experiences

Language Requirements

Study Abroad


ESOL Endorsement

*ED 410; Linguistics

*ED 404; School, Parent, & Community Relations

*ED 481; Language, Literacy, & Culture

*ED 407; Dual Language Education

*ED 409; Methods & Materials for Teaching ESOL

*ED 469; ESOL Practicum (60 hours)




Dual Language Specialization

*ED 413; Dual Language / Bilingual Methods

*Junior year; field experiences in dual language classrooms (60 hours)

*Senior year; ED 415: Dual Language Student Teaching

Language major or minor


Scoring of intermediate high on the Oral Proficiency Interview/Oral Proficiency Interview via computer (OPI/OPIc) or the Avant-STAMP 4S assessment

Study abroad where the target language is spoken

Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) or the Avant-STAMP 4S assessment



Want More Information?

Watch a video regarding dual language programs in schools: Elementary Focus and All Level Focus or contact Dr. Sally J Hood, Associate Professor.

Sally J Hood
Associate Professor
503.943.7226 or 1.800.546.3633