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El programa bilingüe/bicultural de Texas State prepara excelentes maestras para enseñar en programas que desarrollan el bilingúismo y la lectoescritura bilingüe. Bilingual students (Spanish/English) who would like to obtain their bilingual teacher certification to teach bilingual elementary education will enroll in the EC-6 Bilingual Generalist degree program. Please find all relevant information about this degree plan on the College of Education Advising Center's website.

Bilingual students who would like to pursue a master’s degree in Bilingual/Bicultural Elementary Education may be interested in one of our several Master degree programs. Certified teachers who enter the graduate Bilingual/Bicultural Elementary program can work toward either a 30-hour Master of Arts (MA) with a 6-credit hour thesis or a 36-hour Master of Education (MEd). Bilingual students having earned an undergraduate degree in a field other than in education can earn a master’s degree in Bilingual/Bicultural Elementary Education through the Certification with a Master of Education (CMED) degree program. Students completing the CMED program simultaneously earn a MEd with an emphasis in Bilingual Education. For students who have earned teacher certification with an undergraduate degree in Education seeking to obtain certification in Bilingual Education, a 12-hour Post-Baccalaureate program is an option. State-mandated certification tests are required to obtain licensure for the CMED and the Post Baccalaureate programs. Each of our degree programs prepares graduate students to design instruction that encompasses the cognitive, cultural, and linguistic development of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds through the critical examination of policies and practices that impact teaching in public schools.

Student Spotlight: Marcelino Saucedo

Graduate Marcelino Saucedo in Cap and Gown

Marcelino Saucedo graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master of Arts in Bilingual-Bicultural Elementary Education in August 2022. His thesis, entitled "Spanish Home Language Uses as Factors in Bilingual Children's Language Preferences," explored the impact of parents' attitudes toward Spanish on the bilingualism of first graders in Niederwald, Texas. At Texas State, he served as President of B.E.S.O. (Bilingual Education Student Organization) and was recognized as a member of Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor Society in Education), Phi Sigma Pi, Sigma Alpha Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha, and the Golden Key Honor Society. Marcelino is currently a bilingual kindergarten teacher in Manor ISD. He plans to continue his research by pursuing a doctoral degree in Bilingual Education. 

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  • The mission of the Bilingual/Bicultural Elementary Education program is to prepare educators to advance academic achievement through bilingualism and biliteracy  development in Spanish and English. We affirm the importance of each learners’ cognitive, multicultural, and multilingual competencies as thinking and learning resources that Bilingual Education programs advance through academic rigor and culturally sustainable instruction and practice. The Bilingual/Bicultural program is committed to providing educators with foundational knowledge of bilingualism and biliteracy, innovative pedagogical practices, research and field-based experiences, and opportunities for networking and outreach. Our graduates apply research-based, critical, and culturally relevant pedagogies that aim to transform the sociopolitical contexts of schooling and ensure equitable educational opportunities and outcomes for emergent bilingual students. Graduates are prepared to successfully undertake further studies in bilingual education and related areas.