Bilingual Education (MEd)

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The Master of Education (MEd) in Bilingual Education is designed to develop teachers with a thorough understanding the enrichment of bilingual education programs and practices that not only meet the educational needs of native Spanish speakers, but would also provide bilingual / biliterate / bicultural enrichment opportunities for all children. The degree provides an opportunity to prepare experts in various specialized education areas to promote and support enrichment bilingual education.

*This program is offered fully ONLINE.

  • Why UTRGV?

    • Ranked #79 among 300+ national universities by Washington Monthly in 2018
    • Ranked 4th best college in Texas 2018 by BestColleges.com
    • Accredited, cutting edge degree program
    • Experienced, dedicated faculty
    • Affordable tuition (ranked #1 in net price among national universities by Washington Monthly in 2018 and #3 most affordable university in America 2018 by BestValueSchools.com)
    • Demonstrated student success in research, professional certification and career advancement
  • Admission Requirements

    Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at www.utrgv.edu/gradapply. The university application fee of $50 ($100 for International Applicants) can be paid online by credit card or electronic check (in the online application). All application fees are nonrefundable.

    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, GRE general test with minimum scores of 150 Verbal, 141 Quantitative, and 4.0 Analytical are required for conditional admission. GRE test scores are valid for 5 years, unless the graduate program has indicated otherwise.
    • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
    • Two  letters  of  recommendation  from  professional  or  academic sources.
    • Submission of personal statement essays (complete both (a) and (b)):

    a)     Write 250 words in English explaining your interest in graduate studies

    b)      Write 250 words for your chosen specialization:

    i.   Dual Language Specialization: In Spanish, explain your interest in dual language environments (En español, explique su interés en ambientes y aulas bilingües)

    ii.  ESL Specialization: In English, explain your interest in students who speak languages other than English.

    iii.  Educational Leadership Specialization: In English, explain your interest in leadership for bilingual environments.

    • Resume including educational background and work experience.
    • Documentation of one of the following:
      • Teacher certification in the U.S. or
      • Licenciatura or equivalent from another country, in a field related to education or language, or
      • Employment in a charter school, private school, or a community college,
      • For applicants without teaching certification or experience, conditional admission may be considered.

    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 Additional Documents forDomestic Applicants who Attend Foreign Universities section of our website.
    • Certified English translation of educational records.
    Students in fully online programs are not eligible for I-20 or student visas.
  • Program Contact

    Program Coordinator: Kip Austin Hinton, Ph.D.

    Phone: (956) 882-7421

    Office: Brownsville Campus, MAIN 2.306

    E-Mail: kipaustin.hinton@utrgv.edu

  • Deadlines

    Deadlines:

    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.

    *Note: This program only admits applicants during Fall semester.

  • Course Requirements

    Thesis Option
    Required Courses 27
    EDFR 6300: Research Methods in Education 3
    EDFR 6388: Introduction to Historical and Socio‐Cultural Foundations of Education 3
    EDBE 6322: Bilingualism/Multiculturalism: Critical Issues and Practices 3
    EDBE 6324: Dual Language Enrichment Education 3
    EDBE 6335: Bilingual Content Areas Across the Curriculum 3
    EDBE 6350: The Bilingual Reading Process 3
    EDBE 6351: Research on Language Development in Bilingual Environments 3
    EDBE 6365: Action Research in Dual Language and ESL Education 3
    EDBE 6367: Assessing Emergent Bilinguals 3
    Designated Electives 9
    Choose one of the following areas of specialization:
    Dual Language Specialization
    (These courses are taught in Spanish)
    EDBE 6363: Literatura Infantil 3
    EDBE 6364: Principles and Practices of Biliteracy Development in Spanish and English 3
    EDBE 6366: Academic Spanish Across the Content Area 3
    ESL Specialization
    EDSL 6323: Approaches and Current Practices in Second Language Instruction 3
    EDSL 6325: ESL for Bilingual and Multicultural Settings 3
    EDSL 6351: Linguistics for ESL 3
    Educational Leadership Specialization (available to students admitted in Fall 2015 or earlier)
    Select 3 of the following courses:
    EDUL 6300: Data Management for School Improvement 3
    EDUL 6320: Curriculum Leadership for School Improvement 3
    EDUL 6325: Instructional Leadership 3
    EDUL 6330: Instructional Leadership for Diverse Learners 3
    EDUL 6335: Supervision of Instruction 3
    Capstone Requirement
    Thesis
    EDBE 7300: Thesis I 3
    EDBE 7301: Thesis II 3
    With the thesis option, students must complete the thesis sequence instead of 6 hours from the degree plan with the guidance from the graduate advisor and /or thesis committee chair.
    Total hours required for completion: 36
    Non-Thesis Option
    Required Courses 27
    EDFR 6300: Research Methods in Education 3
    EDFR 6388: Introduction to Historical and Socio‐Cultural Foundations of Education 3
    EDBE 6322: Bilingualism/Multiculturalism: Critical Issues and Practices 3
    EDBE 6324: Dual Language Enrichment Education 3
    EDBE 6335: Bilingual Content Areas Across the Curriculum 3
    EDBE 6350: The Bilingual Reading Process 3
    EDBE 6351: Research on Language Development in Bilingual Environments 3
    EDBE 6365: Action Research in Dual Language and ESL Education 3
    EDBE 6367: Assessing Emergent Bilinguals 3
    Designated Electives 9
    Choose one of the following areas of specialization:
    Dual Language Specialization
    (These courses are taught in Spanish)
    EDBE 6363: Literatura Infantil 3
    EDBE 6364: Principles and Practices of Biliteracy Development in Spanish and English 3
    EDBE 6366: Academic Spanish Across the Content Area 3
    ESL Specialization
    EDSL 6323: Approaches and Current Practices in Second Language Instruction 3
    EDSL 6325: ESL for Bilingual and Multicultural Settings 3
    EDSL 6351: Linguistics for ESL 3
    Educational Leadership Specialization (available to students admitted in Fall 2015 or earlier)
    Select 3 of the following courses:
    EDUL 6300: Data Management for School Improvement 3
    EDUL 6320: Curriculum Leadership for School Improvement 3
    EDUL 6325: Instructional Leadership 3
    EDUL 6330: Instructional Leadership for Diverse Learners 3
    EDUL 6335: Supervision of Instruction 3
    Capstone Requirement
    Written Comprehensive Exam
    Total hours required for completion: 36

    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 6335: Bilingual Content Areas Across the Curriculum               [3‐0]

    This course emphasizes a variety of advanced instructional strategies appropriate for teaching elementary mathematics, science and social studies through the Spanish and English language to the bilingual child. Specifically, competency will be assessed in the areas of planning, teaching/learning, communication, management, concept development and assessment. Appropriate classroom application of content‐ area terminology in Spanish/English will be emphasized.

    EDBE 6350: The Bilingual Reading Process               [3‐0]

    This  course  presents  the  knowledge,  skills  and  attitudes related to the bilingual reading process in the classroom by examining rationale, goals, diagnosis, placement, transfer, learning strategies, instructional materials and assessment procedures for the reading process in a dual‐language classroom environment.

    EDBE 6351: Research on Language Development in Bilingual Environments                [3‐0]

    This course will focus on the development of the first and second language as it relates to the dual language enrichment education and other bilingual instructional environments. Research on the similarities and differences between the first and second language acquisition process, including English as a Second Language (ESL) methodology theory and practice, will be analyzed and applied to the bilingual/ESL instructional settings. Analyses will focus on effective development of social and academic linguistic proficiency of learners in the Spanish and English language.

    EDBE 6363: Literatura Infantil               [3‐0]

    The  focus  of  this  course  is  to  develop  an  appreciation  of poems, short stories, theatre and novels for children, written originally in Spanish by authors from diverse regions of the Spanish‐speaking world. Students will be required to analyze and interpret texts from a literary perspective. Students will examine various strategies to incorporate children’s literature into the curriculum as well as assess the ethical and aesthetic value of texts. All lectures, reading, papers, presentations and examination are in Spanish.

    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 6365: Action Research in Dual Language and ESL Education               [3‐0]

    The course emphasizes the value of teacher research through which critical issues in the fields of ESL and bilingual education of Latinos in particular are investigated. Students will identify research questions, review current literature, and complete action research projects related to bilingual/ESL teaching and learning.

    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.

    EDBE 7300: Thesis I               [3‐0]

    Students may take this course to begin and/or complete thesis work. Registration requires approval from the student's academic advisor. May be repeated.

    EDBE 7301: Thesis II               [3‐0]

    Students may take this course to begin and/or complete thesis work. Registration requires approval from the student's academic advisor. May be repeated.

    EDFR 6300: Research Methods in Education               [3‐0]

    A survey of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research designed to introduce students to educational research. This course will include research design, literature review, critiquing research, and action research.

    EDFR 6388: Introduction to Historical and Socio‐Cultural Foundations of Education               [3‐0]

    Analyzing historical and sociocultural forces of education with regard to education through philosophical, sociological, historical and anthropological perspectives.

    EDSL 6323: Approaches and Current Practices in Second Language Instruction               [3‐0]

    This course will provide students with approaches and current practices for teaching reading and writing to second language learners.

    EDSL 6325: ESL for Bilingual and Multicultural Settings               [3‐0]

    This course will emphasize intercultural teaching practices, stressing second language instruction in bilingual and multicultural settings.

    EDSL 6351: Linguistics for ESL               [3‐0]

    This course explores the linguistic basis of the reading process. Students will consider the implications of the basic concepts from phonology, orthography, morphology and syntax for teaching reading and for teaching English language learners.

    EDUL 6300: Data Management for School Improvement               [3‐0]

    This course focuses on analyzing and interpreting campus data for decision‐making necessary to promote the success of all children. Special emphasis will be on developing action plans to meet student performance goals. Additionally, the course focuses on the development of educators as leaders in assessment, research, and evaluation. Applicable laws, policies and regulations including local, state, and federal accountability standards will be emphasized.

    EDUL 6320: Curriculum Leadership for School Improvement               [3‐0]

    In this course students will learn to facilitate the design and implementation of curricula and strategic plans that enhance teaching and learning.   Emphasis is on the alignment of curriculum, curriculum resources, and assessment, and the use of various forms of assessment to measure student performance. It will include the research of successful strategies for identified student groups. Applicable laws, policies and regulations will be emphasized.

    EDUL 6325: Instructional Leadership               [3‐0]

    This course examines effective instructional approaches and programs used in schools. It explores critical issues specific to curriculum, innovative instructional methods, and the role of educators as school leaders. Additionally, the course focuses on the development of educators as leaders in assessment, research and evaluation. Applicable laws, policies, and regulations will be emphasized.

    EDUL 6330: Instructional Leadership for Diverse Learners               [3‐0]

    This course provides a study of the delivery of differentiated instruction for diverse learners to include Bilingual Education/ESL, Gifted & Talented, Migrant, Special Education, 504, Career & Technology Education (CATE), and other special programs. Emphasis is placed on the principal’s role of elementary and secondary school programs. Applicable laws, policies, and regulations will be emphasized.

    EDUL 6335: Supervision of Instruction                [3‐0]

    This  course  provides  an  overview  of  the  supervision  and evaluation of instructional personnel, including the analysis of classroom instruction and the development of teachers to ensure high levels of learning in the classroom with applicable laws, policies, and regulations emphasized.  A minimum of 20 hours of field‐based experience are required.