Master of Science in Bilingual Education with a Specialization in Special Education Online

Broaden your expertise as an educational leader to meet the needs of diverse and exceptional students who are learning two languages.

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Program Overview

Focus on your future with our Master of Science in Bilingual Education with a Specialization in Special Education online

Gain a strong understanding of the intellectual, linguistic and emotional needs of bilingual special education students to empower them and provide the support they require to thrive with an online Master of Science in Bilingual Education with a Specialization in Special Education from TAMIU Online. Learn the most effective ways of serving children and adults with mild to severe learning or physical disabilities through adaptive, bilingual services and programs.

Specialization courses for this special education master's program will prepare you to employ evidence-based practice for students with disabilities. Analyze issues of disabilities throughout the student's lifespan. Learn measurement and evaluation techniques to enrich the education of bilingual learners. Develop skills in applying specialized classroom and behavior management techniques as well as collaborating and consulting with families, school personnel and community members in educational settings.

Our accelerated, 7-week courses are delivered in an online format designed to maximize flexibility for working educators. You can complete this 33 credit-hour program quickly.

**This program is eligible for the TEACH Grant.

Graduates of this M.S. in Bilingual Education – Special Education online program will be able to:

  • Synthesize and analyze current research to promote implementation of bilingual education programs
  • Utilize evidenced-based practices, methodologies, and biliterate/bicultural teaching and assessment practices to meet the needs of the local, state and global community
  • Engage in critical thinking through implementation and evaluation of bilingual pedagogy
  • Synthesize and analyze current research to promote implementation of bilingual education programs
  • Utilize evidenced-based practices, methodologies, and biliterate/bicultural teaching and assessment practices to meet the needs of the local, state and global community
  • Engage in critical thinking through implementation and evaluation of bilingual pedagogy

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Total Tuition $12,111*
Duration 12 months
Credit Hours 33

Accreditation

The State of Texas Education Agency

The Texas A&M International University College of Education is accredited by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification.

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Tuition

Our affordable tuition is easy on your budget

Tuition for the M.S. in Bilingual Education with a Specialization in Special Education online program is affordable and can be paid by the course. All fees are included.

Tuition breakdown:

Total Tuition $12,111*
Per Credit Hour $367

Calendar

Stay on top of important dates and deadlines

The M.S. in Bilingual Education with a Specialization in Special Education online program is delivered online, featuring 7-week courses and six start dates each year. Choose the start date that is best for you.

SessionProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlinePayment DueLast Class Day
Spring II3/18/243/4/243/11/243/16/245/3/24
Summer I5/13/244/29/245/6/245/10/247/2/24
Summer II7/8/246/24/247/1/247/5/248/23/24

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Apply Date 3/4/24
Class Starts 3/18/24

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Admissions

Applying for the M.S. in Bilingual Education with a Specialization in Special Education online program is a simple process. Learn more about the admission requirements below.

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA on the last 60 hours

International Transcript Evaluation:

TAMIU does their own foreign credential evaluations. Graduate School does not require third party evaluations nor are obligated to accept the results, or GPA calculations, if an evaluation is submitted. If an applicant submits an official evaluation, the evaluation does not replace official transcripts or certificates of graduation.

Official transcripts from all institutions attended can be sent to:

Texas A&M International University
Graduate School
Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Success Center, Suite 223
5201 University Boulevard
Laredo, TX 78041
OR
Electronically to [email protected]

Former TAMIU students do not need to submit TAMIU transcripts.

For documents other than transcripts, please upload to your application portal located here. If transcripts are uploaded to the portal, you will be asked to resend all official transcripts by mail or email and will delay the application process.

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Courses

Here's what you will study in our online M.S. in Bilingual Education – Special Education program

Curriculum for the M.S. in Bilingual Education with a Specialization in Special Education online program is comprised of 11 courses (33 credit hours). Students are required to take six core courses and five specialization courses.

You must take the following courses.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on school practices in light of the basic assumptions of philosophy, designed and conducted to stimulate critical thinking and promote equity and excellence for all students within the instructional environment of a bilingual classroom. Pre-requisites: Graduate Standing
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on (1) the nature of language and dialects, (2) language characteristics of Spanish and English, (3) influences of languages on each other, (4) first- and second-language acquisition processes, and (5) general principles for developing language proficiency. Pre-requisites: Graduate Standing
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on the philosophy, nature, properties, processes and evaluative instrumentation of selected school content at levels PK-8 in bilingual-multicultural programs. Teaching styles are identified and implemented in the context of various curricular formats. Pre-requisites: Graduate Standing
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on strategies for implementing English as a Second Language Programs in grades PK-12. Emphasis is placed on identification, selection and evaluation of ESL materials and tests; construction and presentation of structured and unstructured techniques to teach ESL; classroom management; relationship between oral and literate skills; and the role of ESL in bilingual programs. Pre-requisites: Graduate Standing
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Strategies for providing developmentally appropriate emergent literacy and holistic instruction will be presented in this course. The selection of appropriate materials and authentic assessment will be included. Pre-requisites: Graduate Standing
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This advanced level course is designed to encourage practicing to become more critical readers of educational research in bilingual and dual language education. This course introduces concepts, principles, methods, and policies recognized as fundamental to the issues and controversies surrounding the teaching of language minority students in the United States. The course readings reflect recent shifts in policies, programs, and practices due to globalization and the changing economy, demographics trends, and new research on emergent bilingual and biliteracy pedagogy. A requisite for completion of the course is a research plan/project on bilingual biliterate education to present at a Bilingual Education Conference.
You must take the following courses.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This is an introductory level course for candidates seeking a MS in Special Education. Course content includes an overview of special education eligibility categories and evidence-based practices for students with disabilities. This content addresses the Texas Special Education Teaching Standards and the Council for Exceptional Children Common Core Standards. Course activities include lectures, case studies, and the evaluation of evidence-based practices. Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Fixed 1st Course.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This is an intermediate level course for candidates seeking a MS in Special Education. Course content includes the history of special education law, provisions of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act, Every Student Succeeds Act, legal trends and issues in special education, and special education professional ethical principles and practice standards guided by the Council for Exceptional Children Common Core Standards. Course activities include lectures, case analysis, and special education legal case briefs. Prerequisites: Graduate standing
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This is an introductory level course for candidates seeking a MS in Special Education. Course content includes the unique culture of disability across the lifespan and the impact of disabilities on an individual across the lifespan. In addition, this course examines characteristics of children and youth with major biological risk conditions and disabilities with a focus on the impact of these conditions on development over time. Course activities include lectures, group discussions and assignments, demonstrating the complexity of development with a disability.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This is an intermediate level course for candidates seeking a MS in Special Education. Course content includes descriptive statistics, psychometric properties of a test reliability and validity, interpretation of test scores, norms, scales, and grades, and some of the current controversies in testing. Additional topics such as data management, progress monitoring, test accommodations and modifications, and cultural and linguistic considerations are covered. Focus of attention is on the use of assessment information for making educational decisions. Course activities include lectures, interpretation of scores, and case analysis.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This is an intermediate level course for candidates seeking a MS in Special Education. Course content includes the major concepts and techniques of effective classroom and Applied Behavior Analysis for children and youth with disabilities experiencing academic and/or behavioral difficulties. Course activities include lectures, group discussions and assignments concerning effective classroom management, as well as behavior plan development for students with disabilities.

**The maximum grant amount can vary by year. TEACH Grants are available to qualified applicants who enroll in a TEACH Grant eligible program and require approved recipients to sign a service agreement for certain teaching service obligations. If you do not meet the requirements of your service obligation, the grant will turn into a loan that must be repaid, with interest. For more information, please visit: https://studentaid.gov/understand-aid/types/grants/teach#eligibility or contact the Texas A&M International University Financial Aid Office.

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