What will I learn?

Texas State University is a Hispanic Serving Institution located in the heart of Texas, which is rich in bilingual communities. The campus is also situated in close proximity to several public schools that implement diverse bilingual education programs where students can get hands-on experiences teaching and learning in bilingual classrooms.

Students gain historical, political, linguistic, and pedagogical foundations to deliver enriched educational experiences to bilingual and emergent bilingual students.

Course Work

The 30-credit-hour M.A. degree program requires students to complete course work in bilingual/bicultural elementary education, a minor, and a written thesis.

Program Mission

The mission of the bilingual/bicultural program is to prepare educators to advance students’ bilingualism in Spanish and English through the affirmation of their existing cognitive, cultural, and linguistic resources in academically rigorous bilingual education programs. The bilingual/bicultural program is committed to providing educators with innovative pedagogical practices, research opportunities, professional development, and networking and outreach. Professionals who graduate with a master’s degree will apply a research-based methodology based on critical and culturally relevant pedagogy that aims to transform the socio-political contexts in an effort to ensure equitable educational opportunities for emergent bilingual students.

Career Options

The master's program in elementary education - bilingual/bicultural is designed for bilingual and biliterate (Spanish and English) individuals who want to teach emergent bilingual children in prekindergarten through sixth grade. Graduates can also use their degree as a pathway to doctoral programs and administrative, counseling, and higher education positions.

Which department am I in?

College of Education

Study options

Full Time (30 hours)

Tuition fees
US$15,600.00 per year
Summer tuition fee: USD $7,710; Given tuition fee is based on 9 hours per semester
Application deadline

15 March 2022

Start date

18 January 2022, 31 May 2022


Texas State University

601 University Drive,



78666, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university

Minimum 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)

Regular Admission Scores

Official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall

Official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and minimum individual module scores of 6.0

Application deadline: Fall Term - June 1; Spring Term - October 1; Summer I - March 15

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.