MA in Bilingual / ESL

Program Now Only 30 Credits!

Bilingual/English as a Second Language (ESL) Education Program Overview

Our CAEP-accredited online Master of Arts in Bilingual/ ESL Education program caters to individuals aspiring to teach not only in bilingual settings but also to those working with ESL students. In this program, we address key issues related to multilingualism, making our curriculum suitable for language educators in EFL settings as well. Furthermore, our program prepares students to harness modern technologies for enhanced language learning and teaching. We equip our students with the foundational principles and innovative strategies essential for effective language teaching and learning, ensuring they can adeptly assess language proficiency levels.

This affordable 30-credit online program can be completed in as little as one year and offers two concentrations for students to choose from:

  • Master of Arts in Bilingual Education – Students will learn how to promote effective learning environments for English language learners and explore cultural diversity, perspectives on teaching and learning, and the background of bilingual education in the U.S. Spanish proficiency required.
  • Master of Arts in ESL Education – Students will learn how to develop, implement, and manage strategies and tactics for effectively teaching students whose native language is not English.

Bilingual Certification

State of Texas Students

Coursework in the online Master of Arts in Bilingual Education can be tailored for the bilingual or ESL certification in Texas. Students who want to sit for the Bilingual or ESL Supplemental Exam in Texas must also have a valid Texas teaching certificate. However, students without a Texas teaching certificate can apply for licensure while completing coursework that fulfills licensing requirements.

Out of State Students

If you are outside of Texas and would like to be certified, check with your state agency for requirements to obtain certification in your state and to determine if the coursework in this program can be tailored to meet your state’s eligibility requirements. If you have any additional questions, please contact Dr. Salgado.

Marketable Skills

The skills imparted by our online Master of Arts in Bilingual/ESL Education program are transferable to numerous careers that promote cultural sensitivity. Through our program, students gain cultural adaptability, cross-cultural communication skills, and organizational skills, among other competencies highly sought after by employers. Graduates become liaisons between distinct, complex cultures, thereby increasing their earning potential and career prospects. 

Meet Our Esteemed Faculty

Click here to view the entire playlist and see what else Dr. Salgado has to say.

TEACH Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant provides up to $4,000 per year to students who are completing coursework needed to begin a career in a high-need teaching field. UT Permian Basin participates in the TEACH Grant program.

To be eligible to receive a TEACH Grant, you must meet basic eligibility criteria for federal student aid programs, complete the FAFSA, be enrolled at a school that participates in the TEACH Grant program, maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25, receive TEACH Grant counseling for each year you receive the grant, and sign a TEACH Grant agreement. For more information about the TEACH Grant and its service requirements post-graduation, please click here.

Accreditation and Awards

Career Options

The University of Texas Permian Basin's Master of Arts in Bilingual/ESL Education provides a solid foundation for you to excel in the education industry in many roles, including:

Core Courses (9 Credits)

Prior to registering for courses, master’s degree students must make an appointment each semester with an online academic advisor. Although they may not have an advising hold, students are encouraged to reach out to an advisor each semester. This is to prevent the loss of credit hours and ensure that students are correctly progressing on their academic path.

Courses
Duration
Credits
EDUC 6302 - Cultural Diversity in Education and the Social Sciences
8 weeks
3
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.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2024 Fall B 2024 Spring B 2025 Summer B 2025 Fall B 2025 Spring B 2026 Summer B 2026
EDUC 6304 - Educational Psychology
8 weeks
3
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.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall A 2024 Spring A 2025 Summer A 2025 Fall A 2025 Spring A 2026 Summer A 2026 Fall A 2026 Spring A 2027 Summer A 2027 Fall A 2027
EDUC 6305 - Research Design in Education and the Social Sciences
8 weeks
3
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.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall A 2024 Spring A 2025 Summer A 2025 Fall A 2025 Spring A 2026 Summer A 2026 Fall A 2026 Spring A 2027 Summer A 2027 Fall A 2027
Emphasis: Bilingual/ESL Education (21 Credits)

Select EDBI 6324 or EDBI 6325. All other courses listed are required.

Courses
Duration
Credits
EDBI 6323 - History and Politics in Bilingual Education
8 weeks
3
A historical perspective of the development of bilingual education in the United States, including political facts, legislation, court rulings, and pedagogical research on English language learners.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
EDBI 6324 - Teaching Science, Social Studies and Math in Spanish
8 weeks
3
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.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
EDBI 6325 - Teaching Language Arts and Reading for Spanish Speakers
8 weeks
3
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.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
EDBI 6326 - Methods of Teaching ESL
8 weeks
3
An introduction to the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching English as a Second Language. For the Bilingual Education path, select this course or EDBI 6327.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2024
EDBI 6327 - Issues and Advanced Problems in English as a Second Language
8 weeks
3
A comparative and contrastive analysis of the interrelationships of language, culture, and learning in the classroom setting. For the Bilingual Education path, select this course of EDBI 6326.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
EDUC 6329 - Language Development and Acquisition
8 weeks
3
Theories of psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics applied to the acquisition of one or more languages in early childhood and school learning.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2024 Spring A 2025 Summer B 2025 Spring A 2026
EDBI 6392 - Practicum: Bilingual/ESL
8 weeks
3
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.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
EDBI 6395 - Seminar in Bilingual/ESL Education
8 weeks
3
A seminar in bilingual education and ESL, including in-depth research into critical issues and the opportunity to apply research skills in a thorough investigation of a topic of interest and importance in the field.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution 
  • GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 credit hours leading towards a bachelor’s degree
  • Two letters of recommendation 
  • Essay that answers the following prompt:
    • How specifically will the master’s in this program support your goals and interest?
  • Official transcripts

Conditional Admission Requirements

If you do not meet the GPA requirements for this program, you may qualify for conditional admission with the following requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • GPA between 2.5 and 3.0 in the last 60 credit hours leading towards a bachelor’s degree
  • Two letters of recommendation 
  • Essay that answers the following prompt:
    • How specifically will the master’s in this program support your goals and interest?
  • Other evidence (at least one of the following):
    • Minimum GRE score of 282 (verbal and quantitative combined)
    • May also consider cultural components including, but not limited to, English as a second language, weak academic preparation that can be remediated, student motivation and desire to succeed, evidence of success in career field (e.g., teaching or service awards), and/or candidate’s diverse experiences and perspectives. (This is submitted in the form of a low GPA document explaining the reasons surrounding the lower GPA and evidence of ability to succeed in graduate study.)
  • Official transcripts                                                      

International Admission Requirements

If you are an international student, you will also be required to provide proof of English language proficiency. Click here for details on the scores that are accepted.

Official Transcripts

Copies of official transcripts must come directly from the school in a sealed envelope and can be mailed to: 

UT Permian Basin
Graduate Studies Office
4901 E. University Blvd.
Odessa, TX 79762

Official transcripts in electronic format can be sent to gradstudies@utpb.edu

Supporting Documents

All supporting documents related to a graduate program, such as letters of recommendation, essays, statements of interest, resumes, professional work experience, and awards should be sent to the Graduate Studies Office:

UT Permian Basin
Graduate Studies
4901 E. University Blvd.
Odessa, TX 79762-0001

Electronic versions of supporting documents may be emailed to gradstudies@utpb.edu. 

Application Fee

The application fee is $40.
Veterans and Active Duty Military: Your application fee is waived for this program. Get details now.

If you have any questions regarding the admission requirements, please email gradstudies@utpb.edu.

Faculty Bios

Associate Professor
Program Coordinator, Bilingual/ESL
Department Chair, Curriculum & Instruction
College of Education
salgado_y@utpb.edu

Dr. Salgado is an associate professor for the College of Education at UT Permian Basin. She also serves as the coordinator for the bilingual/ESL program and department chair for the Curriculum & Instruction department. She received her PhD from New Mexico State University, master’s degree from UT Permian Basin, bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University, and two associate’s degrees, one in childhood development from Central Arizona College and the other from Glendale Community College. Prior to her time at UT Permian Basin, Dr. Salgado served as a bilingual teacher with Ector County Independent School and worked extensively with families and children in the educational arena. Her research interests include paradigms that impact all areas of social justice, diversity, and equity and how they affect people and the social culture context they live in.

Assistant Professor
College of Education
davoodi_a@utpb.edu

Dr. Amin Davoodi is an assistant professor of bilingual and ESL education in the department of Language, Literacy and Special Populations at The University of Texas Permian Basin. He received his PhD in ESL, Technology and Teacher Education (curriculum and instruction) from Texas A&M University in 2021. His areas of research interest are educational equity for English language learners and home-bound students, TESOL, robot-assisted learning, and bilingual education.

Click here to visit Dr. Davoodi's Google Scholar profile for a list of his publications.

We’re pleased to offer program admission on a rolling basis.

Rolling admission refers to our process of accepting and evaluating applications as we receive them and moving any applications that miss the deadline to the next semester. However, if you want to enroll in courses for a specific semester, you will need to make note of the application deadlines found below. If you don’t complete your application and submit the required materials by the deadline, your application will be rolled over to the next semester. 

SemesterApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlinePayment DeadlineCourses BeginCourses End
Summer A4/29/245/6/245/10/245/13/246/28/24
Summer B6/17/246/24/246/28/247/1/248/16/24
LengthApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlinePayment DeadlineCourses BeginCourses End
Fall A8/12/248/19/248/23/248/26/2410/18/24
Fall B10/7/2410/14/2410/18/2410/21/2412/13/24
LengthApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlinePayment DeadlineCourses BeginCourses End
Spring A12/30/241/6/251/10/251/13/253/7/25
Spring B3/3/253/10/253/14/253/17/255/9/25
SemesterApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlinePayment DeadlineCourses BeginCourses End
Summer A4/28/255/5/255/9/255/12/256/27/25
Summer B6/16/256/23/256/30/256/30/258/15/25
LengthApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlinePayment DeadlineCourses BeginCourses End
Fall A8/11/258/18/258/22/258/25/2510/17/25
Fall B10/6/2510/13/2510/17/2510/20/2512/12/25

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