The University of California, Riverside is poised to launch a program that will train educators to teach in classrooms where students learn in English and Spanish, a university spokesman said today.
The program is in response to a growing demand for teachers with a bilingual authorization, which allows them to teach in dual-immersion programs.
A recent change in state requirements allows teachers to earn their bilingual authorization by taking classes — before, they had to pass several exams, UCR spokesman Sean Nealon said.
Up to 20 teachers will start classes at UCR Extension on July 2. A grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation will cover textbooks and other materials.
UCR is one of the first universities in the state to offer the class option for bilingual authorization certification, Nealon said. UCR will partner with the Jurupa Unified School District and then other districts. Dual immersion classes are offered by several districts in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, including Riverside Unified, Corona-Norco Unified, Colton Joint, Banning Unified, Beaumont Unified, Coachella Valley Unified and Lake Elsinore Unified.