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COEHD  Degree Information Sheet

M.A. in Bicultural-Bilingual Education

Bicultural-Bilingual Studies  |   Master's Degree

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Purpose of Program

The MA- Bicultural-Bilingual Education degree program offers advanced study in the design and implementation of bilingual/ dual language education programs. Coursework incorporates theories of critical pedagogy and educational equity as well as perspectives on additive bilingualism and biliteracy. This interdisciplinary degree advances understandings of urban education, applied linguistics in bilingual settings, and multicultural children’s literature. Grounded in social justice, the program of study incorporates theory and research related to effective bilingual/dual language education.  

Program Options

Two program of study options allow students to tailor the degree to meet their specific career goals: non-thesis and thesis.

  • A non-thesis option provides a range of elective courses covering expressive culture, language diversity, sociocultural issues, historical foundations, and research.
  • A thesis option emphasizes research and/or preparation for advanced study at the doctoral level.

Completion of 36 semester credit hours required. Six semester credit hours are taught in Spanish.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are prepared to be lead teachers (change agents) in bilingual/ dual language settings in both school and the district; the thesis option prepares graduates to pursue doctoral studies in a related field.

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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:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university 
  • Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of coursework 
  • 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 in good academic standing at the last institution attended 
  • Submit a one page statement of purpose (English or Spanish) 

** Students who do not meet the minimum admission requirements should contact the program’s Student Development Specialist and the Graduate School Catalog for special or conditional admissions

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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The University of Texas at San Antonio
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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
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San Antonio, TX 78249