If you have ever dreamed about working with and teaching non-English speakers, then bilingual and multilingual education is for you. You get to give students the skills necessary to succeed in school by teaching basic academics in their native language and helping them adjust to English. Your goal is to help produce bilingual or multilingual individuals.
The types of classes you will take will vary depending on what school you attend, but you most likely take courses such as composition, foreign language, linguistics, and education courses. You could also take language learning and acquisitions and literacy development.
The concentrations within this major include Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education and Indian/Native American Education.
In this field, it helps to have a knack for foreign languages. You will be working with students that could come from anywhere in the world and it will be your job to help them acclimate in school. In this field, it is necessary to be aware of other cultures and backgrounds and to be very accepting of others. You should have an open mind and be willing to work with anyone. You may also need to work with students of varying ages.
Patience is necessary while working with people who do not speak English as their native language. It is your job as the educator to motivate your students. This means you should be creative and energetic. If you are excited to teach, your students will be excited to learn.
You will be required to complete field experience hours and student teach in order to get certified.
With a degree in multilingual education you can work as an elementary, middle school, or high school teacher. You can also work as a private tutor for both children and adults. Right now, the teaching field is very difficult to break into. However, any profession it is helpful to be fluent in a language other than English.
Here is a small sample of the careers that a degree in Multilingual Education might open up.