Cultural & Linguistic Diversity M.A. with concentration in Bilingual Studies
Immaculata's Master of Arts in Cultural & Linguistic Diversity (CLD) prepares graduates to respond to the needs of a multicultural, rapidly changing population. In this 36-credit program, you will learn to develop strategies and programs for school and community settings while addressing the challenges involved in developing interdependence within cultural diversity.
The concentration in bilingual studies will prepare you for numerous career opportunities in both school and community services. You will be tested for competence in language to ensure that you have a professional level of proficiency. If necessary, you will take compensatory courses in the language to reach the necessary proficiency. If you are dominant in a language other than English, you must validate your proficiency.
The following resources contain information on career opportunities in ESL and linguistic diversity.
View the program course requirements.
The practicum (CLD 552) is a three-credit arrangement comnpleted over a period of approximately 60 contact hours. You will practice teaching with assistance and supervision from school personnel and CLD faculty. You will be observed several times during the practicum, and you must submit written records about your experiences to the CLD faculty supervisor. Learn more about practicum requirements.
You may complete your practicum in a public or private school setting, at the K-12 level, in an adult education setting, in a university setting, or in other language training center sites, to be discussed with the CLD coordinator.
If you have recent bilingual teaching experience in a regular classroom setting (not tutoring), with appropriate documentation and approval of the department chair, the requirement for the practicum may be waived. However, you will still need 36 credits to complete the M.A., and you should choose another three-credit course in consultation with the department chair.