Certificado Avanzado en Educación Bilingüe

Certificado Avanzado en Educación Bilingüe

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The purpose of this certificate is to support educators across the Rio Grande Valley, Texas, and the United States in their knowledge about bilingual education and their ability to communicate in Spanish within bilingual education contexts. There is a high, unmet demand for teachers, principals, counselors, and virtually all school personnel, who understand the needs of bilingual learners and who have the language abilities to work in English/Spanish bilingual education settings. This program taught primarily in Spanish will help school personnel prepare to work with these learners.

*This program is offered 100% ONLINE.
Admission Requirements

Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at www.utrgv.edu/gradapply. There is no application fee.

Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to gradapps@utrgv.edu or mailed to:

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
The Graduate College
Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
1201 W. University Drive
Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

*Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB/TSC, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.

Review and submit all Program Requirements:

  • Bachelor's  degree  from  a  regionally  accredited  institution  in  the United States or a recognized international equivalent in a similar or related field.
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. If applicant does not meet the minimum undergraduate GPA criterion of 3.0, GRE general test with minimum scores of 150 Verbal, 141 Quantitative, and 4.0 Analytical   are   required for conditional admission. 
  • Personal Statement written in Spanish describing their interest in the program.

Students whose native  language is not English  or  who studied at a University outside the U.S.:

  • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. For additional information, visit the English Proficiency Exam section of our website.
  • Certified English translation of educational records.


Program Contact

Program Coordinator: Dr. Michael Guerrero 

Phone: (956) 665-7004

Office: Edinburg Campus, EEDUC 2624

E-Mail: michael.guerrero@utrgv.edu



Applications will be accepted year round and prospective students are encouraged to apply at least 2 months before classes start to ensure a timely application review.  Applying early will also give prospective students the best opportunity to be considered for scholarships and other possible funding opportunities.


  • This program only admits applicants during Fall, Spring, Summer I & Summer II semesters.
  • Students admitted only to a Certificate Program are not eligible to obtain a Student Visa from UTRGV.

Tuition Estimate

Residency Per 3-Credit Hour Course Semester (9-Credit Hours) Total Estimated Cost
Texas Resident $1,481.39 $3,894.17 $7,406.95
Non-Resident/International $2,708.39 $7,575.17 $13,541.95

*We estimate that tuition and fees will closely approximate the rates shown above; however, rates are subject to change. Please note that the rates above are estimated for on-campus students and those enrolled in 16-week online programs. The rate is different for Accelerated Online Programs (AOP). Visit the tuition and fees page for detailed information.

Course Requirements

Required Courses 15
EDBE 6322: Bilingualism/Multiculturalism: Critical Issues and Practices 3
EDBE 6324: Dual Language Enrichment Education 3
EDBE 6366: Academic Spanish Across the Content Area 3
EDBE 6364: Principles and Practices  3
EDBE 6367: Assessing Emergent Bilinguals 3
Total hours required: 15

Course Descriptions

EDBE 6322: Bilingualism/Multiculturalism: Critical Issues and Practices                                      [3-0]
Students review social, cultural, political and educational issues that affect bilingualism/multiculturalism in education, especially those that impact the education of Latino students. The course reviews the history, effective models, and best practices of bilingual and ESL education.

EDBE 6324: Dual Language Enrichment Education                                                                    [3-0]
This course provides a thorough understanding of research, programs and pedagogical issues in dual language enrichment models of education. It will emphasize the research-based trend regarding the movement of bilingual education instructional models from remedial paradigms of learning to an enrichment paradigm. It will also examine equity and policy issues regarding academic achievement of students from varied backgrounds participating in remedial ESL/bilingual programs versus dual language enrichment programs.

EDBE 6364: Principles and Practices of Biliteracy Development in Spanish and English                [3-0]
This course, taught in Spanish, examines different theories, approaches, and current practices of literacy development and their implications for biliteracy instruction for Spanish-speaking bilingual students.

EDBE 6366: Academic Spanish Across the Content Area                                                            [3-0]
This course, taught in Spanish, focuses on the use of academic Spanish in the teaching of science, mathematics, social science, music, art, and language arts, and current approaches of teaching those subjects in bilingual classrooms. The course includes the study of standard academic Spanish as well as dialects of Spanish.

EDBE 6367: Assessing Emergent Bilinguals                                                                              [3-0]
Students will be provided with the knowledge and skills needed to assess emergent bilingual students in ways that are valid, reliable and fair.

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