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Master of Education in Bilingual Educational
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The Master of Education in Bilingual Education Program prepares educators in the field of bilingual education and/or English as a Second Language (ESL). Students in the program take coursework in language development, second language acquisition, models of effective practice, linguistics, and assessment. While all students take core courses, the program has two strands: Dual language and ESL. Bilingual educators take the dual language strand coursework all in Spanish. Those following the ESL strand take coursework to further prepare them to work with English language learners in English.

Students completing the program will be able to advise administrators and provide professional development in districts. Students will become agents of change by advocating for bilingual learners, planning successful programs for them, and supporting appropriate implementation of education policy.


Evidence of academic achievement and potential for advanced study and research is required for graduate admission. Specific criteria for unconditional admission for master’s degree seeking students in bilingual education are:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • GRE verbal score of 450
  • GRE quantitative score of 450
  • GRE analytical score of 4.0
  • Valid teaching certificate

Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5 or GRE scores lower than those specified are also encouraged to apply.

Notification of decisions on graduate admission is made by the Office of Graduate Studies based on the admission criteria and recommendation of the academic department. Information related to application procedures and deadlines is available through the Office of Graduate Studies.

36-Hour Thesis/Non-Thesis Program
Required Courses: 27 hours

EDCI 6300 Foundations of Research in Education
EDSL/BILC 6324 Language Acquisition and Implications of Teaching
EDCI 6388 Sociocultural Foundations of Education
EDSL 6327 ESL Techniques in the Content Areas
EDLI 6351 Linguistics for Reading and ESL
BILC 6361 Issues in Bilingual and ESL Education
BILC/EDSL 6367 Assessing English Language Learners
BILC 6362 Principles of Curriculum in Dual Language and ESL Classrooms
BILC 6365 Action Research in Bilingual and ESL Classrooms

For Dual Language Strand
BILC 6364 Principles and Practices of Biliteracy Development in Spanish and English
BILC 6363 Literatura Infantil
BILC 6366 Academic Spanish Across the Content Area

For ESL Strand
EDSL 6323 Approaches and Current Practices in Second Language Instruction
EDSL 6325 ESL for Bilingual and Multicultural Settings
EDSL 6329 Foundations of ESL and Professionalism

Students who desire to complete the thesis will enroll in EDCI 7300 and EDCI 7301 as part of thesis requirement.

Thesis or Comprehensive Exam

Students have the option of completing the M.Ed. degree by taking a comprehensive exam or writing a thesis.

Students who choose the thesis option take two extra courses, EDCI 7300 and EDCI 7301, as they conduct their research and write their thesis. Students choose a thesis committee following the graduate office university thesis guidelines. Students must pass an oral defense of the completed thesis. The comprehensive exam is taken after students complete all coursework.


Dr. Yvonne Freeman • (956) 882-5725 •
Dr. Sandra Mercuri • (956) 882-5842 •

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