Certifications, master degree offered as need for Bilingual and ESL teachers grows

In order to help meet the critical need for Bilingual and ESL teachers to help serve more than 800,000 English language learners in Texas public and private schools, the University of North Texas is recruiting for its Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification program and online Master of Education in Teaching.

Bilingual education is defined as the use of both the child’s native language and English as the media of instruction in all or part of the school curriculum. English as a Second Language (ESL) is instruction that enables children who are not proficient in English to acquire academic proficiency in English.

Teacher Certification

The certification program is a pathway for teacher certification in Bilingual Generalist or in English as a Second Language Generalist education to teach in grades early childhood to six. 

With growth of the English language learner student population at 10% per academic year in Texas, many school districts are now requiring all teachers to have an ESL or bilingual teacher certification.

The program is 24 graduate credit hours that use Blackboard Learn as the web-based instructional delivery platform except for student teaching, practicum, and clinical classroom experiences. 

The 24 hours of the certification programs can be applied toward the Master of Education in Teaching Degree, leaving only 12 hours of additional coursework to complete the degree.  Educators with a master’s degree are paid at a higher pay scale than educators with just a bachelor’s degree.  Another benefit of the master’s degree is that it allows educators to seek advanced certificates after several years of teaching.

Enrollment in courses can start after admission.  In the fall 2013 these courses will be offered:

  • EDBE 5560 Fundamentals of Bilingual and ESL Education
  • EDCI 5010 Everyone Can Learn
  • EDBE 5590 Pedagogy of English as a Second language for EC-12

Each course is three credit hours and costs approximately $1,306 for in-state tuition.

Admission to the program is a two-step process. First, apply for graduate admissions at www.applytexas.org.  On your application, select the option Grad Non-Degree Seeking: Teacher/Professional Certificate.  Mail your official transcripts to the UNT Toulouse Graduate School at 1147 Union Circle, #305459, Denton, TX 76203.

Then, once admitted to UNT, apply for admission to the post baccalaureate program and contact a graduate advisor at 940-565-3319 for additional information and to prepare a certification plan. 

For more information, contact Dr. Rossana Boyd, Director of Bilingual/ESL Teacher Certification Programs in UNT’s College of Education (940-565-2933), or Dr. Kelley King, Lead Advisor for the MEd in Teaching Program (940-565-4447).


Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

The 36-hour master's program includes 18 credit hours in Bilingual Education or in English as a Second Language Education. This program equips you with a valued skill set, enabling you to communicate and exchange ideas with students of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Teaching in Bilingual and ESL programs requires more than fluency in English and a lesson plan. At UNT, the College of Education will provide a foundation in linguistics and second language acquisition, along with classroom methodologies and curriculum design skills so that you can be an effective teacher in a variety of environments.  You receive training in language pedagogy, materials development, assessment and evaluation, and cross-cultural communication.

Admission to the master's program in Curriculum and Instruction is a two-step process. Each applicant must first apply to and meet the general admission requirements of the Toulouse Graduate School at UNT. Then, applications for students who meet initial admission standards are forwarded to the Curriculum and Instruction program faculty for review and final decision.

Once admitted to UNT, submit the required documents to the Department of Teacher Education and Administration.

For more information on the master's degree program, please contact Dr. Mary Harris, Program Coordinator (940-565-4327), Dr. Ricardo González-Carriedo (940-565-2514) or Mrs. Destinie Noles (940-565-2175).