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Master's in Bilingual/Bicultural Elementary Education

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Dr. Charise Pimentel:

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Each of our graduate degree programs prepares students to design and deliver bilingual instruction that encompasses the cognitive, cultural, and linguistic development of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds through the critical examination of the sociopolitical context that impacts teaching and learning in public schools.


Graduate Marcelino Saucedo in Cap and Gown

Student Spotlight: Marcelino Saucedo

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. 


Faculty Spotlight: José Martínez Hinestroza

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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.