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Master of Arts in Bilingual/ESL Education

Complete Coursework: as little as 24 months   Credit Hours: 36   Tuition: $249 per credit hour

The Master of Arts in Bilingual and/or English as a Second Language Education is designed to prepare individuals in teaching, supervision or curriculum management. Students are offered the flexibility of choosing between two options; Bilingual education or ESL education.

The Bilingual option is designed to prepare individuals who are proficient in Spanish for enriching careers educating in a bilingual environment. During their coursework, students examine a variety of topics, including cultural diversity, philosophical perspectives on teaching and learning, and the history and politics of bilingual education. Successful completion of the Bilingual option for students with a Teaching certificate in the state of Texas allows the student to take the Bilingual Supplemental Exam. Students from outside of Texas should consult with their state’s board of education to determine the requirements for their state's Bilingual certification.

Students choosing the ESL option learn effective strategies in teaching students whose native language is other than English. Students wishing to pursue this option do not need to be proficient in Spanish. Students who successfully complete the ESL option are eligible to take the English as a Second Language Supplemental (ESL) test in Texas. Students from out of state should consult with their state's board of education to determine potential certification options.

This program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Course Listing

Bilingual/ESL Required Courses
EDBI 6323
History and Politics in Bilingual Education
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $747.00 per course.
A historical perspective of the development of bilingual education in the Unites States, including political facts, legislation, court rulings and pedagogical research on English language learners.
EDBI 6324
Teaching Science, Social Studies and Math in Spanish
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $747.00 per course.
A critical analysis of materials in Spanish available for teaching science, social studies and math. A survey of strategies for teaching science, social studies and math to Spanish speakers.
EDBI 6325
Teaching Language Arts and Reading for Spanish Speakers
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $747.00 per course.
A critical analysis of materials in Spanish available for teaching language arts and reading. A survey of strategies for teaching reading and language arts to Spanish speakers.
EDBI 6326
Methods of Teaching ESL
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $747.00 per course.
An introduction to the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching English as a Second Language.
EDBI 6327
Issues and Advanced Problems in English as a Second Language
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $747.00 per course.
A comparative and contrastive analysis of the interrelationships of language, culture and learning in the classroom setting.
EDBI 6392
Practicum: Bilingual/ESL
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $747.00 per course.
Students are placed in a bilingual/ESL setting for one full semester. Students will follow a clinical model to prepare instruction for individual or small groups of English language learners. Students will develop a philosophy statement and will conduct assessment and prescriptive instruction.
EDBI 6397
Research in Education
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $747.00 per course.
A direct topic study which will serve as a culminating experience for the Master in Education candidate.
EDBI 6398
Master's Study: Bilingual/ESL
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $747.00 per course.
A directed research project which will serve as a culminating experience for the Master in Education with emphasis on bilingual/ESL education.
EDUC 6302
Cultural Diversity in Education and the Social Sciences
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $747.00 per course.
This course gives candidates the opportunity to develop cultural diversity competence in order to face challenges in education and the social sciences. Research and reflection are emphasized.
EDUC 6304
Educational Psychology
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $747.00 per course.
Review of theories of behavior, learning and instruction, research on human ontological development, and consideration of applications of such theory and research to classroom practices, including issues related to their measurement and evaluation.
EDUC 6305
Research Design in Education and the Social Sciences
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $747.00 per course.
This course is designed to acquaint students with how research is conducted in the fields of education and the social sciences. Students will select and evaluate research findings within their fields and learn how to design their own research studies. Must be taken prior to third term of enrollment.
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