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Master of Education in Bilingual Education

The Master of Education in Bilingual Education program is a 36-hour, non-thesis program designed for practicing teachers and administrators who desire continued growth and expertise as professionals, specializing in the area of bilingual and multilingual education. Learning experiences and assignments in this program are designed to provide the learner with sufficient theoretical and experiential knowledge to serve successfully as a bilingual education specialist in the role of a classroom teacher or program administrator, including coursework to prepare certified teachers for supplemental bilingual education certification through the Texas Education Agency (TEA).


There are no additional requirements other than those required for admission to the graduate program at DBU.


Continuance in the program past the first 12 hours is pending submission of a satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examinations® (GRE®).

A waiver of the GRE or MAT requirement may be considered if the student meets one of the following conditions:

  • earns an “A-“ or higher in each of the first four courses (12 hours) of graduate coursework in the DBU College of Education, or

  • holds a Bachelor’s degree from the DBU College of Education earned within the past five years with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher, or

  • holds a Master’s degree from DBU.

These courses are required preparation for Bilingual Certification through DBU.

EDBE 5010 required only if seeking state ESL/Bilingual certification.



Credit hours

Core Curriculum Requirements


EDBE 5304 - Principles of Curriculum Development in Dual Language and ESL Classrooms
EDBE 5320/ESLS 5320 - Assessing English Language Learners
EDBE 5321/ESLS 5321/READ 5321 - Linguistics for Reading and ESL
ESLS 5301 - Second Language Acquisition †
ESLS 5304 - Methods in Teaching ESL
ESLS 5306 - Content Area Language Proficiency Skills †
ESLS 5308 - Multicultural and Multilingual Learning Environments
ESLS 5312 - Practicum for State Certification (S-L)
ESLS 5314 - Practicum in ESL/EFL Settings (S-L)

EDUC 6302 - Research in Education (S-L)
EDBE 5010 - Bilingual Education Certification Seminar †


Dual Language Specialization


EDBE 5301 - Principles of Biliteracy Development in Spanish and English †*
EDBE 5302 - Academic Spanish Across the Content Area †*
EDBE 5303 - Literatura Infantil *
EDBE 5011 - Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT) Seminar †*
*These courses are taught in Spanish and require a satisfactory Spanish language proficiency assessment score as a prerequisite.

English as a Second Language/Multilingual Specialization


Select nine credit hours from the following courses:
EDUC 6304 - Improvement of Instruction
ESLS 5310 - Administration of ESL Programs
READ 5302 - Scaffolding Literacy Instruction
READ 5338 - Pedagogy of Language Arts
READ 6330 - Foundations of Reading

READ 5332 - Reading: Diagnosing and Correcting Reading Difficulties with Clinical Experience (S-L)
READ 5334 - Studies in the Diagnosis and Clinical Correction of Reading Issues 

EDUC 6013 - Defense of Degree

Total Credit Hours Required




Bilingual Education Certification Requirements†
EDBE 5301 - Principles of Biliteracy Development in Spanish and English
EDBE 5302 - Academic Spanish Across the Content Area
EDBE 5010 - Bilingual Education Certification Seminar
EDBE 5011 - Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT) Seminar
ESLS 5301 - Second Language Acquisition
ESLS 5306 - Content Area Language Proficiency Skills


Because of Dallas Baptist University’s quest for meaningful assessment of graduate candidates, a defense of degree is required in all College of Education Graduate Programs. The defense of degree is a capstone collection of signature assessments and artifacts with reflections that demonstrate a candidate’s personal growth, development, and acquisition of knowledge, skills and dispositions.

A digital format will be utilized by the candidate to enhance the presentation and to justify why the degree should be awarded to the candidate. The candidate’s formal defense will be presented to members of the Educator Preparation Board and will take place on the main campus each semester.

It is recommended that candidates attend a Defense of Degree workshop held each semester. It is also the candidate’s responsibility to schedule a meeting with their designated program director who will provide additional information regarding objectives, service-learning, artifacts, reflections, presentation format, and evaluative criteria and scoring.

Candidates must register for the Defense of Degree course as prescribed in their degree plan during the semester in which they will present their defense of degree to the Educator Preparation Board. The EPB is a group of experienced and widely successful educators from Dallas Baptist University and the Metroplex. Practicing teachers, administrators, consultants, superintendents, guidance directors, personnel directors, and Educational Region Service Center personnel, as well as DBU professors and administrators, volunteer their time for this highly selective process. The Educator Preparation Board serves as the College of Education Graduate Programs’ advisory board and meets three times a year to assess graduate candidates’ defense of degrees.


Dallas Baptist University’s educator preparation programs strive to provide a quality learning experience that enables all candidates to impact EC-12 learning. The E-Portfolio is designed to be an individualized collection of documents to prepare the candidate for future positions; demonstrate the candidate’s ongoing knowledge, skills, experiences, and dispositions; and provide the candidate with the opportunity for self-reflection. All graduate candidates are required to compile and maintain an electronic, developmental E-Portfolio. There are three types of documents that must be included in the E-Portfolio: required documents, foundational elements, and competency artifacts. Throughout the program, the candidate will collect these documents and upload them to their designed TaskStream account.

The organization of E-Portfolio is governed by the State Board of Educator Certification standards and competencies, DBU/InTASC competencies, and DBU’s Educator Preparation Provider competencies in addition to specific field of study competencies.

The E-Portfolio will be used to assess your development as you proceed through your designated program. Candidates who do not have all required documents and “signature assessments” uploaded into TaskStream will not be allowed to proceed to the next level as designed by these Transition Points:

  • Transition Point One: Requirements for Program Admission

  • Transition Point Two: Requirements for Program Entrance

  • Transition Point Three: Requirements for Program Continuance

  • Transition Point Four: Requirements for Program Completion

  • Transition Point Five: Requirements for Program Evaluation

It is the candidates’ responsibility to meet with their designed program director and/or advisor to discuss the E-Portfolio required documents, checkpoint scoring, foundational elements rubric, and the competency artifacts rubric.

(S-L)=Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

Refer to individual course descriptions for course requisites.


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