Online M.ED. In Curriculum & Instruction With a Concentration in Bilingual Education

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  • 100% online Master's in Bilingual Education degree program
  • Instructional specialist curriculum with a concentration in bilingual education
  • 36-credit, non-thesis master's degree
  • Convenient, flexible program for working teachers
  • Approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

UTEP's College of Education is committed to helping you reach your goals for providing excellent service to schools and public agencies, especially those in multicultural communities. We believe in making continuing education both accessible and affordable for you. The flexibility and convenience of this Master's in Bilingual Education online program is perfect for working teachers who juggle their many teaching responsibilities with personal commitments.

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A master's in bilingual education gives teachers an advantage in today's increasingly multicultural classroom and offers increased employability. A degree from UTEP's College of Education is a definite plus: the fully online Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction with a Concentration in Bilingual Education has recently been ranked by Top Education Degrees as one of the most affordable master┬╣s in curriculum and instruction degree programs online. UTEP is ranked 8th out of nearly 150 schools that participated.

In choosing the Master's in Bilingual Education online program, students will gain practical marketable skills such as:

  • A deeper appreciation of and sensitivity to other cultures
  • The ability to address the special needs and skills of English language learners and help students from different cultures in the classroom
  • The skills to translate pedagogy into concrete strategies
  • The level of knowledge needed to be eligible for increasingly senior administrative positions

In addition to being teachers in public and private schools, graduates may also seek employment at community colleges, teach ESL classes for extra income or work in corporate training departments. The options are many. Types of positions graduates can expect to hold include:

  • Bilingual education teacher (all levels)
  • Two-way immersion teacher
  • English language teacher
  • Adult literacy, GED and ESL teacher

Expert Faculty

The faculty for the Master's in Bilingual Education online program have all earned their PhDs and have a wealth of knowledge both theoretical and practical. Their goal is to ensure that you are prepared to address the needs of schools and other youth-serving agencies, particularly in multicultural communities.

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The University of Texas at El Paso has a 100-year history as a preferred educator for students in the U.S.-Mexico border communities. At UTEP, we believe that an accessible and affordable education should be available to all. Online degrees such as the Master's in Bilingual Education online program help make higher education a possibility for those who are unable to come to campus because of other responsibilities.

  • UTEP is ranked #1 in "Social Mobility" according to Washington Monthly.
  • The U.S. Department of Education ranks UTEP as a great value with the lowest net tuition of all research universities in the country.
  • Issues in Higher Education ranks UTEP #2 among all U.S. colleges and universities in the total number of degrees awarded to Hispanics.
  • UTEP is recognized as a 2016 Military Friendly┬« School.
  • UTEP received the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) Champion of Access and Success Award for successfully advancing strategies that increase opportunity, persistence and degree completion for low-income, first-generation, minority, adult, veteran, disabled and other underserved student populations.
  • The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board ranks UTEP #3 in Texas among the 7 peer "Emerging Research Universities."
  • Washington Monthly also ranks UTEP #8 overall among "National Research Universities"-in excellent company between #6 Stanford and #10 Harvard.
  • UTEP teaching has been recognized as a "Model Institution for Excellence" (one of only six in the country) by the National Science Foundation.
  • UTEP is one of 11 universities nationwide to receive a $5 million "Teachers for a New Era" research grant from Carnegie Corporation.
  • UTEP is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).


Our goal is to ensure that our Master's in Bilingual Education online program positions you as an educator who has mastered the intricacies of bilingual education and is prepared to serve as a leader in a diversity of educational settings. Through the Master of Education program, you will learn to address the specific needs of English language learners and emergent bilinguals while also taking societal and cultural influences into consideration.

Required Coursework

Sheltered English Instruction Explore academic language socialization with bilingual/ESL students. Focus on academic and cognitive development through the teaching of subject matter via a second language and examine theory and instructional approaches that can enhance learning for non-native speakers of English.
Literacy/Biliteracy Development Identify principles, problems, and issues of primary and second language acquisition, specifically the relationship between the development of these languages, to facilitate and promote literacy/biliteracy.
Scholarly Writing for Educators Learn how to write scholarly papers using archival research, documented sources and electronic databases. Working closely with the instructor and a professor in your area of study, you will develop publication-quality papers. Learn conceptualization, argumentation and evidence, and citation and referencing. Practice peer editing and review to address style, audience, organization and mechanics.
Survey Issues in Bilingual and Second Language Education Focus on the discourse of diverse paradigms in bilingual/ESL education. Discuss current pedagogical, theoretical, historical, legislative and other issues in the field. Identify program models in bilingual/ESL education, including their philosophical foundations, instructional frameworks, and the planning and design of program evaluation.
Diversity in Educational Settings Explore the social context of education and teaching in a pluralistic society. Examine schools and society in relation to historical and contemporary issues of diversity.
Research for the Classroom Teacher Learn research methodology to address the problems and needs of classroom teachers. The course emphasizes interpreting professional literature and practitioner research in educational settings. Prerequisite: TED 5304 with a grade of "B" or better.
Current Topics in Early Childhood Education Develop competencies necessary to deal effectively with early childhood instruction including curriculum, concepts, teaching strategies, and skills necessary to integrate content and teaching strategies. The course may be repeated for credit when the topic varies.
Literacy Development in Spanish Focus on the critical components in literacy development while concentrating on the Spanish language and its conventions. Discuss reading pedagogies and their historical foundations in various Spanish-speaking countries and the integration of bilingual/multicultural literature. Course taught in Spanish.
Teaching Content in Spanish Study the development of academic discourse in Spanish in the areas of mathematics, science, social studies, and language arts. Examine the state curriculum standards and professional standards in each of the specializations. Course taught in Spanish.
Dual Language Instruction Research foundations and program principles for dual language education as you are introduced to second language acquisition and biliteracy in dual language education; learn how theoretical frameworks and research foundations for dual language education are connected to practical application. Survey successful mature dual language education programs. Focus on literacies of the U.S.-Mexico border and the literacy education of emergent bilinguals/English language learners.
Place, Practice and Identity How powerful is the physical space in which teaching and learning occurs outside the mind? How can educators design such spaces? Explore these questions and more by considering how social settings, networks, and communities of practice - and the roles that members in these settings - influence how students engage in particular practices and learn new ways of thinking and being. Particular emphasis on specific student populations under study include Latinos, and those defined as marginalized for this course, including emerging bilinguals, migrants, immigrants, and others.
Learning Contexts & Curriculum Examine the theoretical frameworks and broad definitions of curricula, processes of curriculum alignment, pedagogy and assessment, state standards, curricular resources, curriculum integration, learning theory and lesson planning.