Master of Education with Specialization in Bilingual Education
Houston Baptist University offers a 36 semester-hour MEd program for already certified teachers students who wish to improve their skills and pursue a master’s degree. This program leads to an MEd in Bilingual Education. It strengthens the knowledge and skills of currently-certified bilingual teachers. It also enables students to add bilingual education certification to valid Texas teacher certificates.
All prospective bilingual teachers must be fluent in both Spanish and English before beginning their bilingual teacher training component. To become an ESL teacher, one needs fluency only in English.
Advantages and Opportunities
In the Houston area, Bilingual teachers are highly recruited. In addition, most schools in this area require ESL certification for all of their elementary teachers. Throughout this program, students develop knowledge and skills through working with children and teachers in elementary school settings with a variety of backgrounds. Because the College of Education maintains close ties with area schools and school districts, students benefit from the practical experiences and the professional opportunities available. Most graduates of this program are employed in Houston-area schools.
To gain admission to the Bilingual Education program, the prospective student must achieve the prerequisite scores on proficiency tests in English and in Spanish. On the MLA Cooperative Language Proficiency Test in Spanish (Level M), the prospective student must achieve a minimum overall score at the eightieth (80th) percentile. In addition, each student must achieve a minimum score at the eightieth (80th) percentile in each of the four skill areas (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), or must take the appropriate course or courses to remove language deficiency in each area where the score is less than the minimum standard.
Students who earn the ESL post-baccalaureate supplemental certification may apply their ESL graduate courses to the 36-hour master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction.