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

Promote equity and academic excellence as a culturally competent leader in special education when you learn inclusive instructional strategies that empower you to teach diverse populations in bilingual settings.

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Program Overview

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Increase your impact on students with special education needs, especially in multicultural environments, with the Master of Science in Special Education with a Specialization in Bilingual Education online program from TAMIU. Bilingualism is not required to enter the program.

This accelerated online program combines evidence-based practices for special education with advanced bilingual teaching pedagogy. In as few as 12 months, you will gain a broad-based understanding of special education topics such as laws and ethics, foundational research, student stakeholder collaboration methods and classroom management techniques. Specialized coursework in bilingual education will enhance your ability to use oral assessments and multicultural instructional strategies to evaluate, monitor and support the ongoing language acquisition process for English language learners, especially in the subjects of reading and language arts.

At TAMIU, you will benefit from experienced faculty members with real-world experience in K-12 special education. Plus, this versatile master's in special education online prepares you for a wide range of leadership roles in education, including directing special education and ESL programs at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

**This program is eligible for the TEACH Grant.

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

  • Use assessment to make educational decisions for individuals with exceptionalities
  • Integrate scholarly inquiry to select evidence-based strategies that meet the needs of individuals with exceptionalities
  • Demonstrate leadership skills by advocating individuals with exceptionalities
  • Use assessment to make educational decisions for individuals with exceptionalities
  • Integrate scholarly inquiry to select evidence-based strategies that meet the needs of individuals with exceptionalities
  • Demonstrate leadership skills by advocating individuals with exceptionalities

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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

Affordable tuition designed for you

Tuition for the M.S. in Special Education with a Specialization in Bilingual 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

Upcoming dates you need to know

The M.S. in Special Education with a Specialization in Bilingual 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.

Graduate Programs Degree Plan

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

First things first: What you need to apply

Applying for the M.S. in Special Education with a Specialization in Bilingual 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

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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Note:
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.

Courses

Browse the courses in your online degree in special education

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

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.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to develop the knowledge and skills needed to effectively collaborate and consult with families, school personnel and community members in educational settings. Other topics include team membership, co-teaching, supervision of paraprofessionals, partnerships with families and development of interagency agreements to address the needs of individuals with disabilities.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This is an advanced level course for candidates seeking a MS in Special Education. This course examines the historical, relevant, and timely topics of concern to educators involved in making decisions regarding special education. This content addresses the Texas Special Education Teaching Standards and the Council for Exceptional Children Common Core Standards. Course activities include lectures, debates, and the evaluation of issues and trends in the field of special education. This course may be repeated once when topic changes.
You must take the following courses.
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

**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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