Graduate and Endorsement Programs in Dual Language and Immersion Education

In response to the growing number of Georgia schools with Dual Language Immersion programs, GSU’s Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education now offers two programs in Dual Language Immersion Education. These programs engage students in comprehensive exploration, research, and practice in elementary Dual Language Immersion education.  The mission of the programs is to develop highly prepared teachers who understand Dual Language Immersion education and are teacher-leaders in establishing learner-centered classrooms consistent with the standards of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium.

Master of Education in Elementary Education Degree with a concentration in Dual Language Education

This program offers a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education for educators who wish to pursue advanced preparation in Dual Language Education at the elementary level.  It is designed for educators who are currently teaching or working in an early childhood/elementary setting.  The program begins each semester and may be completed at an individualized pace.  The application deadlines are April 15 for Summer, July 1 for Fall, and October 15 for Spring.  Applicants must meet minimum college admission criteria.  Follow this link to learn more about this program.

Dual Immersion Early Childhood Education Endorsement

The Dual Immersion Early Childhood Education Endorsement program is open to students currently enrolled in GSU’s undergraduate or graduate Foreign Language Education program or current educators who hold a Level 4 or higher induction or professional Foreign Language Education Certificate from the state of Georgia.  This endorsement qualifies successful candidates to teach in a K-5 Dual Immersion program.  The endorsement consists of four courses, which specifically focus on Dual Language Education, and a field-based practicum in a Dual Immersion classroom:

ECE 4430/7730 Perspectives on Child Development for culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students

ECE 4440/7440 Biliteracy: Literacy Development in Multilingual Settings

ECE 4397/7397 Elementary Mathematics in Dual Immersion Settings

ECE 4450/7750 Content-based Curricula, Instruction and Assessment for Dual Immersion Classrooms

ECE 7740 Internship I or FORL 4030/6030 Practicum in Foreign Language Education

The four content courses are taught during the summer or evenings on campus during the fall and spring semesters.  The field placement course, ECE 7740 or FORL 4030/6030, requires students to intern in an elementary Dual Immersion classroom with observation and feedback by a university instructor.  Students should use their own classrooms for this course.  If a student is not teaching in a Dual Language Immersion elementary classroom at the time of the field placement course, a classroom will be located for the student.  Classes are sequenced so that candidates can complete the endorsement in one year.  The application deadlines are April 15 for Summer and Fall and October 15 for Spring.

Successful completion of the five endorsement courses along with a valid level four (4) or higher renewable professional certificate in a foreign language field, and a score of Professional level on the GACE content assessment for Early Childhood Education qualifies the student for the Dual Immersion Early Childhood Education Endorsement.

The main contact person for the Dual Language Immersion education programs is Dr. Cathy Amanti (  Students should contact her each semester to plan for upcoming courses.  Any questions related to tuition and scholarships should be directed to the financial aid personnel at GSU, with the link indicated below.

Future Immersion Teacher Fellowship

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The Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education is a partner with the FIT (Future Immersion Teacher) Fellowship.  The FIT Fellowship is an initiative of the French government’s Dual Language Fund, launched by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States and the FACE Foundation.  Qualified French-speaking students enrolled in either the MEd in Elementary Education with a concentration in Dual Language Education program or the ECE Dual Immersion Early Childhood Education Endorsement program may apply for this Fellowship.  For more information, visit the FIT Fellowship website or contact Cathy Amanti, Ph.D.

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