Empower students to learn English while preserving their heritage language

The Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language Arts and Reading (EC–6) at St. Edward’s University prepares you for the critical role of teaching in today’s dual-language classrooms.

Bilingual education plays an important role in supporting bilingual students to maintain fluency in both English and their native heritage. This support gives young learners the chance to succeed while preserving their primary language or heritage. Our program provides a foundation for teaching a variety of subjects as a bilingual teacher in English–Spanish classrooms.  

In this program you will learn to:

  • Develop deep proficiency in the Spanish language and Spanish literature
  • Explore different teaching models and develop effective methods for motivating young bilingual learners
  • Design lesson plans for a language-immersion setting
  • Integrate technology into your multicultural teaching approach
  • Assess student learning, manage classroom behavior and communicate effectively with parents

Bilingual teachers help students of all backgrounds increase their cultural awareness. After completing a student teaching internship and the required certification exams, you'll be eligible to apply for your EC–Grade 6 bilingual generalist certification in Texas. Once you're certified, you'll be well prepared to teach in elementary classrooms.

Learning Goals

Professors in the teacher education department place emphasis on instructional strategies that promote student learning and positive student behavior. 

The Interstate New Teacher Assessment Consortium (InTASC) Standards serve as a foundation for our teaching methods. InTASC standards outline what teachers across all content and grade levels should know and be able to do to ensure every K-12 student is prepared to enter college or the workforce in today’s world.

Outcomes

After successfully completing all certification requirements, graduates with a BA in Spanish Language Arts and Reading may teach early childhood through grade six classrooms. Advanced degrees are required for teaching positions at the college level.

Educators who have fluency in multiple languages are in demand beyond the traditional public classroom. Many bilingual educators pursue teaching English in foreign countries. Bilingual teachers can also find work in government and private industry teaching second languages to adult learners.

Bilingual Education graduates go on to pursue careers as: 

  • Career and technical education teachers
  • Elementary, middle, and high school principals
  • Special Education teachers
  • Instructional coordinators
  • College and university teachers
  • Preschool teachers
  • School and career counselors
  • Social workers
  • Childcare workers

Outside of the Classroom

Hands-on learning is emphasized through teaching experiences in local elementary schools and volunteer and service learning with community-based organizations.

In this program students will have opportunities to enrich their education by:

  • Engaging in classroom-based learning experiences
  • Designing assessment, planning, and instructional strategies
  • Exploring a wide range of classroom settings
  • Working with children who have a range of moderate learning and behavioral challenges

School-Based Observations

Students are required to complete five to 10 hours of classed-based observations. These observations take place in public, charter, private, and parochial classrooms as directed by course instructors.

Student Teaching

Student Teaching is designed to be a "capstone" experience for teacher education students. This six-hour education course locks in theory and practice in a classroom setting. Students learn to implement teaching theories and apply critical thinking skills associated with content courses in their major.

Meet the Faculty

Those of us who teach, and want to teach, know that it is demanding, hard work. It also can be fun and joyful. In the School of Education, we prepare new educators who will have a positive and lasting impact on the learning lives of their students. 

Faculty in the teacher education department model lifelong learning and foster critical and creative thinking in professional interactions.

"Each student’s individual story matters to me. My job is to support my students’ learning so they manifest in the world as the powerful, bright, joyful, caring, capable individuals they are meant to be. I strive to deepen their knowledge, their capability for critical analysis and their identities as educators. My intention is to awaken my students’ interest in the connection between education and broader social issues."
 Arcelia L. Hernandez, EdD, Assistant Professor of Bilingual Education

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