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The Bilingual Education Specialist (BES) Endorsement is an additional credential for all licensed educators in the state of Colorado with a desire to work in bilingual Spanish classrooms. Grounded in evidence-based practices and research, the BES provides educators with the skills and knowledge to accommodate and ensure the academic success of native Spanish-speaking students throughout Colorado.
The endorsement provides educators the pedagogy, skills and knowledge to support second language learners in their primary language of Spanish and in their English language development. Program options allow pre-service teachers to add the BES endorsement to their initial license and for currently-licensed educators to add the BES endorsement to their current license.
This program is available to undergraduate, graduate and non-degree seeking students. Our BES program is approved by the Colorado Department of Education and provides Colorado educators the professional opportunity to add this highly-sought endorsement to their professional credentials.
The Bilingual Educator Specialist (BES) program at MSU Denver is unique in its breadth and focus on effective practices to support bilingual learners. BES candidates have the opportunity to expand and develop their academic Spanish proficiency through rigorous coursework conducted in Spanish and English. Our Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education faculty bring with them years of experience in K-12 classrooms from Colorado to countries across the globe!
The Bilingual Education Specialist Endorsement is the preferred credential for teachers who aim to work in the growing number of dual-language Spanish/English programs available in Colorado public schools.
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Candidates who complete the BES endorsement will most likely work in bilingual kindergarten through grade twelve classrooms, offering learners language-rich and asset-based experiences in English and Spanish. BES candidates are preferred by principals for both late-exit native language programs (Spanish) and the growing number of dual-language programs (Spanish/English) found in Colorado including: The Denver Language School (DPS) , Escuala Bilingue Pioneer (BVS), and Academic Ana Maria Sandoval (DPS).
Dr. Lorretta Chavez
Dr. Lorretta Chavez taught in elementary classrooms for 23 years before earning a Ph.D. in Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity and becoming a teacher educator. Her research interests in Latinx identity development, academic language and emerging bilinguals, and best teaching practices for culturally and linguistically diverse students affect her teaching, providing students with current information about second language acquisition and English learning methods and assessment. Dr. Chavez spearheaded the successful creation of the Bilingual Education Specialist endorsement program.
Dr. Lina Martin Corredor
Dr. Martin Corredor is an Assistant Professor in the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Education program. Her teaching experience includes methodology courses for English as a Second Language (ESL) and Bilingual teacher-candidates at the college level, Spanish and ESL courses, as well as dual language and heritage language teaching. Her research interests center on bilingual pedagogy, Spanish as a heritage language, and academic discourses of the home and school contexts.
All School of Education teacher licensure programs are authorized by the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Higher Education.
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