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Online Master's Degree in Bilingual/ESL Education

Master of Arts (MA) in Bilingual/ESL Online

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.

Bilingual Emphasis:

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.

English as a Second Language Emphasis:

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

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Graduate Bilingual-ESL Program Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 credit hours of coursework leading to the baccalaureate degree
  • 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 of coursework leading to the baccalaureate degree
  • 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);
    • The University of Texas of the Permian Basin takes a holistic approach in the admission of applicants to graduate programs as authorized by section 51.842 of the Texas Education Code. This section authorizes graduate programs to consider certain academic, socioeconomic, family, geographic, and other factors relating to an applicant’s background in making an admission decision for admission into the graduate program.

M.A. in Bilingual – English as a Second Language Education Requirements

  • Students are required to complete 36 semester credit hours.
  • Students must complete a minor – Educational Leadership, Special Education or Reading.

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