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Jacqueline Romano

Jacqueline E. Romano

Assistant Professor , English Language Learners Literacy/ Multiple and Single Subject Credential Program/ Ed.D. Educational Leadership Core Faculty


Assistant Professor
Teacher Education and Foundation
Office Phone(909) 537-4302
Office LocationCE-247


Professional Appointments

Board of Institutional Review Accreditation, (2020-present

California Commission on Teaching Credentialing   (2019- present)

Watson Literacy Center, Tutor/Special Advisor (2023- present)

Assistant Professor, Teacher Education and Foundations   


 Awards, Fellowships

2023 Faculty Mentor Award

2020-2021 Fellow Critical Information Literacy-leadership Institute

Dr. Jacqueline E Romano, Ph. D. 

Dr. Romano is a native of Mexico City. She is a first-generation, second language learner, learning English as an adult in California. She has taught in bilingual classroom settings K-20, and at IHE in Illinois, Texas and California. She is fully bilingual and biliterate in Spanish/English.  

Currently, Dr. Romano is an assistant professor at the Teacher Education and Foundations Department at California State University, San Bernardino. She teaches in the Teacher Preparation Program for Single and Multiple Subjects credential where she is the lead faculty for English language learners literacy development. She is also a faculty member for the Ed. D. in Educational Leadership Program focusing on Ethical Decision Making.  

She has a Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas Tech University, a Masters of Arts in Bilingual/Cross-Cultural Education, and double B.A. in Spanish Literature and Liberal Studies from CSUSB. She possesses a Bilingual, Crosscultural, Language, and Academic Development (BCLAD) Teacher Certification (K12) and a credential in Effective Instruction for Higher Education from ACUE.  

Dr. Romano was a CSUSB Critical Information Literacy-Leadership Institute Fellow (2020-2021). Her life experiences in learning English as a second language and writing development were documented and highlighted in an interview by the Writing Intensive Program in the podcast "How I Write"  in 2020. 

Dr. Romano has first-hand perspective to share as she lived through educational policies affecting her own experiences as a bilingual individual and educator in a time of anti-immigrant turmoil. The conflicts between bilingual education and English-only policies pushed each other, marginalizing language-minority communities, teachers, and students ( Prop. 227 banned bilingual education in California and The No Child Left Behind Act made bilingual education disappear in California). 

In 2004, she moved to Texas to pursue her Ph.D. After completion of her degree, she began her professional career in Teacher Preparation Programs where she observed the challenges faced by many of her students, bilingual preservice teachers, seeking certification in bilingual education. 

Her published work “Bilingual Education Candidates’ Challenges Meeting the Spanish/Bilingual Certification Exam and the Impact on Teacher Shortages in the State of Texas” addresses bilingual education as a right, and calls for revision of bilingual education teacher preparation programs. 

Dr. Romano is an active member of the CSUSB community. She serves as a member of the CSUSB Institutional Review Board, the Center of Health Equity, University Honors Program,  and Graduate Council. She is the treasurer for Phi Beta Delta Honor Society.

She also provides service to the profession at the local, state, and national levels. She is a member of San Bernardino CABE, a certified Institutional Review Board for Program Accreditation of the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing, 2021-22 Research SIG Chair NABE Research Institute, member of the Advisory Board for the National Association of Bilingual Education (NABE) among others.

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Ph. D.              Curriculum and Instruction, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, (2009).  

M. S.                Educational Administration, Texas A & M International University, Laredo, TX, ( in progress)

M. Ed.              Bilingual/Cross-cultural Education, California State University, San Bernardino, CA, (2004)

B. A.                Spanish Language & Literature, California State University, San Bernardino, CA, (2000)

B. A.                Liberal Studies, California State University, San Bernardino, CA, (2000)

Certificate      BCLAD, Multiple Subject K-12, California Teacher Commission, (2002)

Certificate     Certificate in Effective Instruction (Higher Education), Association of College and University Educators (2020) 

Certificate     Adult Mental Health First Aider  (2023)

Badge Certified   Badge Using active learning activities Badge promoting higher order thinking skillsdesigning an effective course classassessing to promote learningpromoting a learning environment



Multiple Subjects Credential Program

EDSM 4102 Pedagogical Foundations for English Language Learning 

EELB 313 Pedagogical Foundations for English Language Learning

EELB 425 Literacy and Second Language Acquisition for the Intermediate Reader & Beyond

EELB 540F Assessment 2

EDUC 601A Advanced Studies


Single Subjects Credential Program

ESEC 6003 Pedagogical Foundations for English Language Learning in Secondary

ESEC 413 Interaction in the Classroom

ESEC 419 Literacy Development Across Curriculum


Master in TESOL

EESL 545 Writing Methods in TESOL


Doctorate Level in Educational Leadership

EDUC 7809 Ethical Decision-making in Education



  • Bilingual Education (dual language and all models)
  • English as a Second Language
  • Educational Policy
  • Ethical Leadership and Decision-Making
  • Heritage Language/Academic Language Development
  • Culture, Language, and Literacy
  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Assessment
  • Parental Involvement


Research and Teaching Interests

Keywords that encompass my teaching and research passion:

Educational Policy

  • High Stakes Testing and Accountability Systems

  • Assessment of Bilingual Teacher Preparation Programs (Spanish/English)

  • Raciolinguistics and Educational Policy

  • Language Rights and Heritage Languages

Language Development

  • Biliteracy, Speaking  & Writing Development Skills and Assessment

  • Spanish Language Development of Heritage Language Speakers  

  • Language Development of CODAs- Children of Deaf Adults

  • Language Development of Emergent Bilinguals

Curriculum and Instruction

  • Culturally Relevant Pedagogy 

  • Multilingual/Multicultural /ESL Education 

  • Lesson Planning and Assessment 

  • Effective instruction for English Language Learners and Emergent Bilingual Students

  • High-Stakes Testing

Ethical Teacher and Decision-Making

  • Ethical Leadership

  • Possible Selves

  • Teacher Preparation- Dual Language/Bilingual/ESL Teachers

  • Identity Development of New Teachers

  • K-12 Bilingual/Dual Language Teacher Pipeline 

Philosophy of Education:

  • Cultural Relevant Pedagogy

  • Deweyan Education and Ethical Decision-making in the classroom/any context

  • Freirian Critical Pedagogy

  • Vygostkian Constructivism & Socio-Cultural Theory


  • Language Rights

  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

  • African American and Latinos in Education

  • Community College, Transfer Students, Mentorship

  •  Anti-racism in education

  • Parental Involvement/Participation

Qualitative Researcher