Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Jason Stegemoller

Second Advisor

Jack Denny


Dual language programs are often viewed as enrichment programs for students of various language backgrounds. This study evaluated the long-term bicultural impact on students who participated in the Hawkins School District (pseudonym) Spanish-English dual language program. The participants in this study were graduates of the Hawkins Spanish-English dual language program who were in college or beginning their careers. These graduates participated in an interview to offer their perceptions on their current level of biculturalism and the extent to which their participation in the dual language program shaped it. The results of this study revealed that biculturalism is a possible outcome for dual language students. Through the implementation of a Bicultural Instruction Policy, an increased prioritization of the bicultural development of dual language students can have long-lasting implications that increase future career opportunities, develop cultural proficiency and prepare students to be global citizens.