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Elementary Education Bilingual/Bicultural

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Texas State University is a Hispanic Serving Institution located in the heart of Texas, which is rich in bilingual communities. The campus is also situated in close proximity to several public schools that implement diverse bilingual education programs where students can get hands-on experiences teaching and learning in bilingual classrooms.

Students gain historical, political, linguistic, and pedagogical foundations to deliver enriched educational experiences to bilingual and emergent bilingual students.

 Contact The Graduate College for general questions about getting started with your application, funding your degree, and more.
If you have program-specific questions after reviewing the program details, we encourage you contact the following:

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Patrick Smith
Education Building (ED), Room 3017

“Texas State University provided a positive learning experience that facilitated my growth as a bilingual elementary education teacher. Some of the highlights of the bilingual/bicultural program include interactive instruction, critical course work that applied to real-life situations, and professors who made themselves available to answer all of my questions. Without a doubt, I received the support and encouragement I needed to reach my goal.ˮ

— Mireya Gonzalez, M.Ed. '18

Course Work

Certified teachers who enter the graduate elementary education - bilingual/bicultural degree programs can earn either a master of education (M.Ed.) or a master of arts (M.A.) in elementary education - bilingual/bicultural. 

The 30-credit-hour M.A. degree program requires students to complete course work in bilingual/bicultural elementary education, a minor, and a written thesis. 

The 36-credit-hour M.Ed. degree program requires course work in elementary education and an approved minor. This degree requires a comprehensive exit exam.

Degree Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.A. 30 Thesis Minor required
M.Ed. 36 Non-Thesis Minor required

  This program is for students seeking only a master's degree. If you wish to pursue a master's degree and certification, please review the details for the M.Ed. in elementary education + EC–6 core subjects bilingual certification program.

Education building

Students are master teachers and pre-service teachers committed to advocating for emerging bilingual students and transforming inequitable school practices and policies. 

Graduates who write a M.A. thesis are well prepared to pursue doctoral studies.

Program Mission

The mission of the bilingual/bicultural program is to prepare educators to advance students’ bilingualism in Spanish and English through the affirmation of their existing cognitive, cultural, and linguistic resources in academically rigorous bilingual education programs. The bilingual/bicultural program is committed to providing educators with innovative pedagogical practices, research opportunities, professional development, and networking and outreach. Professionals who graduate with a master’s degree will apply a research-based methodology based on critical and culturally relevant pedagogy that aims to transform the socio-political contexts in an effort to ensure equitable educational opportunities for emergent bilingual students.

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Program Faculty

Faculty are involved in research projects that center on teacher preparation through educational equity, race and language, biliteracy development, bilingual math education, teaching young bilinguals, and the recruitment and retention of bilingual and ESL teachers. Faculty have published in top-tier journals, including International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, Journal of Latinos and EducationBilingual Research JournalEducational Studies in MathematicsJournal for Research in Mathematics, Journal of Anthropology and Education, Reading Research Quarterly, Language ArtsInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, International Multilingual Research Journal, Language Assessment Quarterly, The International Journal of LearningHarvard Educational Review, and Teachers College Record.   

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Career Options

The master's program in elementary education - bilingual/bicultural is designed for bilingual and biliterate (Spanish and English) individuals who want to teach emergent bilingual children in prekindergarten through sixth grade. Graduates can also use their degree as a pathway to doctoral programs and administrative, counseling, and higher education positions. 

Application Process

Step 1

Review Requirements

Application Deadlines

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority February 1 February 1
Fall - Standard June 15 June 1
Spring October 15 October 1
Summer I April 15 March 15
Summer II June 1 No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline, which means applications received after the posted deadline may be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, with no guarantees for admission consideration.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for certain types of funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.


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Application Fee

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)

  Review important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted.

GRE Scores

  • GRE not required

Documents & Other Requirements

  • interview with the bilingual coordinator to ensure your proficiency in written and spoken Spanish
  • statement of purpose (one page) describing why you wish to teach 
  • three letters of recommendation 

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Applicants are required to submit TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

  This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

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