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COEHD  Degree Information Sheet

Graduate Certificate in Bilingual Reading Specialist

Bicultural-Bilingual Studies  |   Graduate Certificate

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Purpose of Program

The Bilingual Reading Specialist (BRS) Graduate Certificate offers specialized training for those who possess a valid teaching license and wish to become better prepared to provide appropriate reading instruction to students in bilingual programs within public schools. The certificate also provides increased opportunities for advanced study in the design and implementation of effective bicultural-bilingual education programs.

Program Options

The BRS Certificate consists of 15 credit hours (5 graduate courses), which may be taken at students own pace. The certificate can be completed within one calendar year. 

 BRS Certificate courses include: 

BBL 5053    Assessment in Bilingual and ESL Programs 

BBL 5063    Biliteracy in Bilingual Classrooms 

BBL 5173    Sociocultural Issues & the Teaching of Reading 

BBL 5193    Multicultural Literature for Children 

ESL 5033    Second Language Reading and Writing

Career Opportunities

Upon program completion, certificate holders are prepared for leadership/curricular positions in K-12 bilingual programs in Texas and across the United States. In addition, research prepares certificate holders for future graduate studies. The certificate also prepares students for employment opportunities in educational consulting, community or non-profit programs, and work with agencies/organizations that focus on children and family literacy.

Job Outlook/Earnings

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Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet UTSA Graduate School admission requirements and be in good standing with last institution attended. In addition, applicants must meet/fulfill the following departmental requirements or submissions:

Current Graduate Students - Submit a program entry request form through Certificate Program Advisor (Proficiency or experience learning, using, studying or speaking a language other than English is required)

Not Currently Enrolled - Students not currently enrolled must apply as a Special Graduate Student and: 

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or foreign equivalent) from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of coursework and all graduate work
  • International students must have a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 (paper) or 79 (Internet)
  • Proficiency or experience learning, using, studying or speaking a language other than English
  • Be recommended for special admission by the Department's Graduate Program Committee
  • Be in good academic standing with the last institution attended

Freshmen | Freshmen (International) | Transfers | Transfer (International) | Re-Admission | Non-Degree Seeking

For assistance with Admission Requirements, or for further information, contact the program's Student Development Specialist (Listed Under Contacts)


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Financial Aid & Scholarships

To apply for financial aid, complete the:

Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA)


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210-458-4487 fax

UTSA Graduate School

Send all USPS mail (transcripts, etc.) to:

The University of Texas at San Antonio
Attn: The Graduate School
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249

College of Education and Human Development

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The University of Texas at San Antonio
College of Education and Human Development
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249