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2016 - 2018 UTPB Graduate Studies Catalog 
    
2016 - 2018 UTPB Graduate Studies Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bilingual/English as a Second Language, MA


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Administrative Unit

This degree is administered by the Office of Graduate Studies and Sponsored Research through the faculty of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education.

Objectives

The Master of Arts in Bilingual/English as a Second Language (ESL) education is designed to prepare bilingual and/or ESL specialists for careers in teaching, supervision or curriculum management. This option allows the student to develop breadth in at least two areas of education: bilingual/ESL and a related area. This flexibility is designed to meet the individual needs of each student. This option may lead to teacher certification in the field of bilingual and/or ESL education.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the College of Education requirements, students seeking teacher certification in bilingual education as a part of this Master’s degree must demonstrate proficiency in Spanish by passing the Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT).

Regular Admission

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 credit hours
  • Essay submitted and reviewed: “Why is the applicant interested in obtaining a master’s degree in Bilingual/ESL education and how does the applicant see it enhancing their career?”
  • Two letters of Recommendation: Preferably from someone who has supervised you and/or could speak about your strength and weaknesses.

Conditional Admission

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • GPA below 3.0 – 2.5 in the last 60 credit hours
  • Essay submitted and reviewed: “Why is the applicant interested in obtaining a master’s degree in Bilingual/ESL education and how does the applicant see it enhancing their career?”
  • Two letters of Recommendation: Preferably from someone who has supervised the applicant and/or could speak about their strength and weaknesses.
  • 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.

Core Requirements (36 sch)


Electives/Minor (6-9 sch)


1. Educational Leadership
2. Reading
3. Special Education

Courses chosen for electives/minor are done by committee members from that discipline.

Culminating Experiences (3-6 sch)


(Choose one)

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