Bicultural/Bilingual Education (M.A.)
Basic Degree Information/Description
The Master of Arts degree in Bicultural-Bilingual Education offers students an advanced study in the design and implementation of bilingual/dual language education programs. Coursework incorporates theories of critical pedagogy and educational equity as well as perspectives on additive bilingualism and biliteracy. This interdisciplinary degree advances understandings of urban education, applied linguistics in bilingual settings, and multicultural children's literature. Grounded in social justice, the program of study examines theory and research related to effective bilingual/dual language education. The master's degree is offered under three options: thesis, non-thesis and an option with initial Teacher Certification.
- Degree candidates are required to complete successfully a 30-semester-credit-hour program.
- Upon completion of at least 24 semester credit hours of coursework, the candidate is required to pass a written and oral comprehensive examination.
- Candidates for the degree in Bicultural-Bilingual Education must demonstrate proficiency in a second language.
- For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog.
| Required Degree
||Bachelor's degree with 18 credit hours in field of study or in another appropriate field of study
| Other Degree Requirements
||Two required courses are taught in Spanish only, you will need advanced proficiency in the Spanish language.
| General University Requirements
||Must meet university wide requirements.
||A completed Graduate School application.
||Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
| Resume or Curriculum Vitae
| Letters of Recommendation
| Statement of Purpose
| Test Scores
| Evaluation of Foreign Credentials
All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. Citizens, and permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit official transcripts along with an evaluation of the transcripts from Foreign Credentials Service of America.
- An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
- Foreign credential evaluations must be received by the application deadline for your application to be processed.
- Foreign Credentials Service of America in Austin, TX is the only accepted evaluation agency. They can be reached at (512) 459-8429, firstname.lastname@example.org, or online at https://www.foreigncredentials.org/our-services/apply-now/.
- If you need a request form, please visit the FCSA website to access the form here.
| International Applicants
||Must meet international graduate student admission requirements
- IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
- TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
NOTE: Applicants who do not meet University-wide requirements for unconditional admission may be admitted conditionally if scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), letters of recommendation, and/or previous work in the field provide evidence of academic potential.
Course Scheduling and Offerings
- Courses are offered at night once a week for three hours (6 PM to 8:45 PM) Monday-Thursday in the fall or spring. Or, during the afternoon/evenings two hours a day Monday through Friday in the four-week summer sessions.
- This program is housed on the UTSA Main Campus but coursework takes place at both the Downtown and Main Campuses.