The rising number of English language learners in Texas public schools is increasing the need for teachers qualified to teach in bilingual or English as a second language (ESL) programs. These programs currently serve 750,000 English language learners, and the number is growing.
Bilingual education uses both the child's native language and English in all or part of the school curriculum. ESL instruction enables children who are not proficient in English to acquire academic proficiency in spoken and written English.
UNT's bilingual and ESL teacher certification program will prepare you to address the affective, linguistic and cognitive needs of English language learners. This is accomplished through specialized instruction and assessment.
The program is aligned with the state and national standards as well as the general requirements of the UNT's College of Education.
The undergraduate program (133 semester hours) is designed for students seeking a bachelor's degree and initial teacher certification:
More information is available at www.coe.unt.edu/tea/esl.
The post-baccalaureate program (24 semester hours) provides initial teacher certification for non-education majors:
More information is available at www.coe.unt.edu/tea/graduate.
Certified teachers may earn an ESL or bilingual education supplement certification (12 semester hours):
Certified teachers may choose to earn a master of education degree with a major in curriculum and instruction or in reading. This requires 36 hours of course work and 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 available at www.coe.unt.edu/tea/eci/admission.php
Undergraduate student must meet admission requirements to UNT as well as these additional requirements for the teacher education program:
Graduate students must meet the admission requirements of the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies as well as these additional requirements for the certificate program:
Students enrolling in the EC-4 or 4-8 bilingual generalist programs must demonstrate language proficiency in Spanish. Proficiency in a second language is desired, but not required, for students choosing to teach in ESL programs.
For undergraduate bilingual or ESL certification, you must earn a bachelor of science degree in interdisciplinary studies with the following 18 semester hours specialty classes in bilingual or ESL education:
For detailed course requirements, visit www.coe.unt.edu/sao/Undergraduate/UG_Degree_Reqs.html.
To earn a graduate-level certification, you must complete 18 semester hours of core classes plus 6 hours targeting the specific certification:
For both the undergraduate- and graduate-level certifications, you must also pass the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) tests:
The TExES Advising Office provides information, guidance and training on these tests. Visit www.coe.unt.edu/texes or call 940-565-2736.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's Roberto R. Alonzo Scholars Program provides awards to students who complete the program and then teach in a Texas state-approved bilingual or ESL elementary or secondary education classroom for five years.
For information about the Educational Aide Exemption program and other state and federal financial aid for students in education, visit the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board web site, College for Texas or call 800-242-3062.
General financial aid and scholarship information is available at the UNT website www.unt.edu/finaid or by calling 800-655-3537.
University of North Texas
The Bilingual/ESL Teacher Certification Office
Matthews Hall Suite 206 E
1155 Union Circle #310740
Denton, TX 76203
TTY Callers: 940-369-8652