The Dual Language Immersion K-12 Teaching Minor prepares students to earn a Utah Dual Language Immersion (DLI) endorsement, which may be attached to either an elementary or secondary-level teaching license. This means that education majors (early childhood, special, elementary, and secondary), if they complete a DLI minor and endorsement, are eligible to teach in a Utah DLI classroom at any level from Kindergarten through Grade 12.
The state of Utah leads the nation in immersion education, with nearly 200 elementary and secondary schools implementing the Utah DLI model in Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. (See http://www.utahdli.org/ for more information.) Students who complete a DLI minor at BYU have a strong chance of being hired to work in a Utah DLI school, and are also well prepared to teach in immersion programs in other states.
Students who successfully complete the DLI minor in addition to their teaching major will be recommended to the state of Utah for a DLI endorsement as well as a World Language endorsement in their respective foreign language. In order to qualify for these endorsements, the state requires an oral proficiency rating of Advanced Mid or higher, as well as a passing score on the Praxis test in their language of specialty.
Dr. Ellen Knell
DLI Minor Program Coordinator