Master of Education in Bilingual Education

The Master of Education in Bilingual Education program is a 36-hour, non-thesis program designed for practicing teachers and administrators who desire continued growth and expertise as professionals, specializing in the area of bilingual and multilingual education. Learning experiences and assignments in this program are designed to provide the learner with sufficient theoretical and experiential knowledge to serve successfully as a bilingual education specialist in the role of a classroom teacher or program administrator.


There are no additional requirements other than those required for admission to the graduate program at DBU.


Continuance in the program past the first 12 hours is pending submission of a satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examinations® (GRE®).

A waiver of the GRE or MAT requirement may be considered if the student meets one of the following conditions:

  • earns an “A-“ or higher in each of the first four courses (12 hours) of graduate coursework in the DBU College of Education, or

  • holds a Bachelor’s degree from the DBU College of Education earned within the past five years with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher, or

  • holds a Master’s degree from DBU.



Credit hours

Core Curriculum Requirements


EDBE 5304 - Principles of Curriculum Development in Dual Language and ESL Classrooms
EDBE 5320/ESLS 5320 - Assessing English Language Learners
EDBE 5321/ESLS 5321/READ 5321 - Linguistics for Reading and ESL
ESLS 5301 - Second Language Acquisition
ESLS 5304 - Methods in Teaching ESL
ESLS 5306 - Content Area Language Proficiency Skills
ESLS 5308 - Multicultural and Multilingual Learning Environments
ESLS 5314 - Practicum in ESL/EFL Settings (S-L)
EDUC 6302 - Research in Education (S-L)


Dual Language Specialization


EDBE 5301 - Principles of Biliteracy Development in Spanish and English †*
EDBE 5302 - Academic Spanish Across the Content Area †*
EDBE 5303 - Literatura Infantil *
*These courses are taught in Spanish and require a satisfactory Spanish language proficiency assessment score as a requisite.

English as a Second Language/Multilingual Specialization


Select nine credit hours from the following courses:
EDUC 6304 - Improvement of Instruction
ESLS 5310 - Administration of ESL Programs
READ 5302 - Scaffolding Literacy Instruction
READ 5337 - Pedagogy of Reading III

READ 5338 - Pedagogy of Language Arts
READ 6330 - Foundations of Reading

EDUC 6013 - Defense of Degree

Total Credit Hours Required



Because of Dallas Baptist University’s quest for meaningful assessment of graduate candidates, a defense of degree is required in all College of Education Graduate Programs. The defense of degree is a capstone collection of signature assessments and artifacts with reflections that demonstrate a candidate’s personal growth, development, and acquisition of knowledge, skills, and dispositions.

A web-based format will be utilized by the candidate to enhance the presentation and to justify why the degree should be awarded to the candidate. The candidate’s formal defense will be presented to members of the Defense of Degree Committee and will take place on the main campus each semester.

Candidates must register for the Defense of Degree course as prescribed in their degree plan during the semester in which they will present their defense of degree. Practicing teachers, administrators, consultants, superintendents, guidance directors, personnel directors, and Educational Region Service Center personnel, as well as DBU professors and administrators, volunteer their time for this highly selective process.

(S-L)=Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

Refer to individual course descriptions for course requisites.


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