A former dual language classroom teacher, Claudia Rodriguez-Mojica is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education at Santa Clara University and is currently the Bilingual Authorization Coordinator at Santa Clara University. She has taught bilingual teacher preparation courses in Spanish (Bilingual Methods, Bilingual Foundations, Latinx Language & Culture, and Bilingual Seminar) and courses in the general teacher preparation program (Elementary Language Arts Methods, English Language Development in TK-12 and Social and Ethical Foundations of Education).
Dr. Rodriguez-Mojica earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies & Teacher Education and M.A. in Linguistics both from Stanford University. Dr. Rodriguez-Mojica earned her Bachelor's degree in Human Development from UC Davis with a minor in Chicana/o Studies and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from CSU Sacramento with a bilingual authorization (formerly known as BCLAD). While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she participated in the California Mini-Corps program where she served as a teaching-assistant in schools with large numbers of migrant students.
Her research focuses on the classroom instruction of bilingual children and the intersections among language, race, ethnicity, gender and culture as they relate to the teaching and learning of Latinx bilingual learners. Dr. Rodriguez-Mojica serves as Principal Investigator on a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition to support Spanish-English bilingual instruction in California and New Mexico. She has presented her research at regional and national conferences, including American Educational Research Association (AERA), California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE), La Cosecha and the Literacy Research Association (LRA). Dr. Rodriguez-Mojica’s work has been published in International Multilingual Research Journal, Language and Education, Educational Administration Quarterly, Teacher Education Quarterly and The Urban Review.