University of North Texas
The Bilingual/ESL Teacher Certification Office
Matthews Hall Suite 206 E
E-mail: Rossana.Boyd@unt.edu www.coe.unt.edu/teacher-education-and-administration/certifications
Toulouse Graduate School
The growing number of English language learners in Texas public schools has led to a need for qualified teachers in bilingual or English as a second language (ESL) programs. These programs serve nearly 800,000 English language learners in Texas public schools.
Bilingual education uses the child’s native language and English in all or part of the curriculum. ESL instruction enables children who are not proficient in English to acquire academic proficiency in the language.
The University of North Texas’ bilingual generalist and ESL generalist teacher certification programs for early childhood through sixth grade (EC-6) prepare you to address the affective, academic, linguistic and cognitive needs of English language learners. We accomplish this through specialized instruction and assessment.
The programs are aligned with state and national standards as well as the general requirements of the College of Education. In addition, the postbaccalaureate program courses are offered online except for student teaching and clinical experiences in classrooms. Online delivery makes course work accessible if you work full time, live in a rural area or prefer web-based instruction. The bilingual generalist certification program requires proficiency in Spanish and English. The ESL generalist program does not have a Spanish proficiency requirement for admission.
The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (2010 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 500; Washington, D.C. 20036; telephone 202-466-7496). This accreditation means we meet or exceed strict academic standards for excellence in education. The college is also one of the top producers of teachers, administrators, counselors and other school professionals in Texas.
The undergraduate program is for students seeking a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with initial teacher certification in:
The post-baccalaureate program is a route to initial teacher certification for non-education majors in:
Certified teachers may apply to the state to have ESL or bilingual education added to their initial certificate after completing 12 credit hours related to:
Certified teachers can earn a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a minor or cognate in ESL or bilingual education. This requires 36 credit hours of course work that enhances the knowledge and expertise of practicing teachers. The M.Ed. degree combines theoretical perspectives and research-based practice with multiple opportunities for field-based projects and action research.
More information is at www.coe.unt.edu/tea.
Undergraduate students must meet UNT's undergraduate admission requirements as well as the following program requirements:
Post-baccalaureate students must meet the admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School as well as the following program requirements:
For the undergraduate bilingual generalist or the ESL generalist certification programs, 133 credit hours are required. The courses related to the specialization are:
For the post-baccalaureate program, 24 semester credit hours that include 6 credit hours of student teaching or advanced practicum are required.
Bilingual generalist education track:
ESL generalist education track
For the undergraduate and post-baccalaureate certifications, students must pass the following Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) exams:
Visit www.coe.unt.edu/texes or call 940-369-8601 for more information about these tests.
For undergraduate students pursuing bilingual or ESL generalist certification, the TEACH Grant Program provides grants of $4,000 a year to students who agree to teach four years in high need schools within eight years of graduation and certification.
Students with a 3.25 minimum GPA or score in the 75th percentile or higher in one section of the SAT or ACT qualify to apply.
For undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students, the Roberto Alonzo Scholarship program is available each June for the following school year.
For more information about these opportunities, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
General financial aid and scholarship information is available at financialaid.unt.edu.