Secondary Bilingual Education (Certificate)

Secondary Bilingual Education (Certificate)

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This certificate is focused on how to teach adolescent emergent bilinguals to support their language and content learning, particularly in middle and high schools with bilingual education programs.

*This program is offered 100% ONLINE.
Admission Requirements

Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at There is no application fee.

Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to 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 minimum undergraduate GPA criterion, GRE general test with minimum scores of 150 Verbal, 141 Quantitative, and 4.0 Analytical are required for conditional admission.

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. Janine Schall

Phone: (956) 665-5227

Office: Edinburg Campus, EEDUC 1.510




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 $7,900.75
Non-Resident/International $2,708.39 $7,575.17 $14,444.75

*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 10
EDBE 5310: Bilingual Education and the Adolescent Learner  3
EDBE 5315: Technology, Pedagogy and Curriculum For Secondary Bilingual Education  3
EDBE 6322: Bilingual/Multilingual Critical Issues  3
EDBE 6175: Seminar in Secondary Bilingual Education  1
Choose one course from the following: 3
EDBE 6324: Dual Language Enrichment Education
EDBE 6351: Research on Language Development in Bilingual Environments
Choose one course from the following:   3
EDSL 6323: Approaches and Current Practices in Second Language Instruction
EDSL 6325: ESL for Bilingual and Multicultural Settings
EDSL 6351: Linguistics for ESL


Total hours required:




Course Descriptions

EDBE 5310: Bilingual Education and the Adolescent Learner                                                 [3-0]
Participants learn about the cognitive, social, family and community characteristics of the adolescent bilingual learner, including recent immigrants, transnational students, and students from heritage language communities. The focus will be on understanding these learners from as asset perspective and examining their linguistic knowledge and needs. This course will be taught in Spanish.

EDBE 5315: Technology, Pedagogy and Curriculum For Secondary Bilingual Education            [3-0]
This course will examine linguistically and culturally appropriate instruction and learning opportunities for the secondary bilingual learner, including methods, pedagogical tools, and curriculum that supports emergent adolescent bilinguals as they develop academic English and Spanish while learning content. A variety of technological tools will also be examined. The course will be taught in Spanish.

EDBE 6175: Seminar in Secondary Bilingual Education                                                         [1-0]
This capstone course is designed to demonstrate accumulated understandings of secondary bilingual education through a comprehensive, synthesizing project.

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 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.

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.

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