Post-Baccalaureate Certification - EC-6 Core Subjects with Bilingual Supplemental

This post-baccalaureate teacher certification program is designed for individuals who want to earn initial teacher certification to teach in bilingual settings in EC-6 classrooms. In bilingual education, the child’s native language and English are both used for instruction in all or part of the school curriculum.

This is a 24-hour program equivalent to eight courses. Of those 24 hours, 18 hours (6 courses) are online coursework, and the remaining 6 hours (2 courses) are either student teaching or practicum. Students in this program may count a number of courses toward a MEd in Teaching if they apply to and are accepted into that degree program.

Admission Requirements

1) Successfully complete a bachelor's degree program with a GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 hours, or 2.8 overall with at least 3 hours in Math, Science, English, and Social Studies.

2) Meet the requirements for admission to the Toulouse Graduate School; including standardized test scores:

GRE (verbal-391/146; quantitative-436/141)
ACT (English-23; math 19) (no more than 5 years old)
SAT (total of 1070 with reading and math scores of at least 500) (no more than 5 years old)
PRAXIS (reading- 156, Math-150, writing- 162)

3) Proficiency in Spanish (ability to read, write, and speak fluently)

4) Apply to Teacher Education and Administration at the University of North Texas. This will require an application fee. Students must continue to meet the requirements of the Online Teacher Certification Program in order to remain in the program. The application form is available here: Teacher Education Application (Elementary)

Course Requirements for Certificate (24 hours)

EDCI 5010 - Everyone Can Learn: Applying Theory to Teaching Practice (3 hours)
EDBE 5560 - Fundamentals of Bilingual and ESL Education, EC-12 (3 hours)
EDBE 5570 - Assessing Language and Content Learning in Bilingual/ESL Education (3 hours)
EDBE 5590 - ESL Pedagogy EC-12 (3 hours)
EDRE 5070 - Literacy Development for English Language Learners (3 hours)
EDBE 5580 - Curriculum for EC-8 Bilingual Education (3 hours)

EDEE 5101 - Student Teaching Pre-K through Grade 6 (3 hours)
EDEE 5102 - Student Teaching Pre-K through Grade 6 (3 hours)
or
EDEE 5105 - Practicum I (3 hours)
EDEE 5115 - Practicum II (3 hours)

Three state exams must be passed for the student to become certified by the state:

  • Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test for Spanish – taken the first semester of enrollment
  • TExES Bilingual Supplemental – recommended to be taken after completion of at least 12 hours
  • Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities Exam (PPR) – recommended to be taken after the EC-6 Test

To attain the teaching certificate, candidates must complete all course work, attain passing scores on the appropriate state examination, and make application and pay fees to TEA for the certificate.

Program Coordinator

Dr. Rossana Boyd (Rossana.Boyd@unt.edu)

Program Advisors

Bethany Garay (Bethany.Garay@unt.edu)
Taylor Williams (Taylor.Williams@unt.edu)