MA in Bilingual / ESL

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

Our CAEP-accredited online Master of Arts in Bilingual/English as a Second Language (ESL) Education program is designed for individuals who want to educate students in a bilingual environment, create and implement instructional methods that allow non-English speakers to learn English effectively, and identify language proficiency levels in speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

This affordable 36-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

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. 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.

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

UT Permian Basin’s College of Education is accredited by the prestigious Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Core Courses

9 Credits

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: Spring A 2021 Summer B 2021 Fall B 2021 Spring B 2022 Summer B 2022
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: Spring B 2021 Summer A 2021 Fall A 2021 Spring A 2022 Summer A 2022
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: Spring B 2021 Whole Summer 2021 Fall B 2021 Spring A 2022 Summer B 2022
Emphasis: Bilingual Education

21 Credits

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: Spring A 2021 Summer A 2021 Fall B 2021 Summer A 2022 Fall B 2022 Summer A 2023 Fall B 2023 Summer A 2024
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: Spring B 2021 Fall A 2021 Summer A 2022 Spring A 2023 Fall A 2023 Summer A 2024
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: Summer B 2021 Spring A 2022 Fall A 2022 Summer A 2023 Spring A 2024
EDBI 6326 - Methods of Teaching ESL
8 weeks
3
An introduction to the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching English as a Second Language.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Spring B 2021 Fall B 2021 Summer B 2022 Spring B 2023 Fall B 2023 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.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Spring B 2022 Fall B 2022 Summer B 2023 Spring B 2024
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: Spring A 2021 Fall A 2021 Spring B 2022 Fall A 2022 Spring B 2023 Fall A 2023 Spring B 2024
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: Spring B 2021 Summer A 2021 Spring A 2022 Summer B 2022 Fall A 2022 Summer A 2023 Fall B 2023 Spring A 2024
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 A 2021 Fall B 2021 Spring A 2022 Summer B 2022 Spring A 2023 Summer B 2023 Spring A 2024 Summer B 2024
Minor Area Choices

6 Credits. Educational leadership, reading, and special education are minor options available. Please defer to the catalog for course details related to these minors or contact a faculty member with questions.

Courses
Duration
Credits
There are no Minor Area Choices courses available.

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                                                      

Official Transcripts

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

UT Permian Basin
Office of Admissions
4901 E. University Blvd.
Odessa, TX 79762

Official transcripts in electronic format can be sent to admissions@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.

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.

Associate Professor
College of Education
espinosa_t@utpb.edu

Dr. Tomas Espinosa received his PhD in curriculum & instruction with emphasis in literacy and bilingual education from Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi. He is currently an assistant professor of bilingual/ESL education at UT Permian Basin. His research interests include bilingualism, multiculturalism, ESL, culturally responsive teaching, and technology applications in the classroom.

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