The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, with an emphasis in Bilingual Education (BIED), prepares students to pursue a career as a bilingual education, ESL or dual language teacher. The 124-hour program provides coursework with an emphasis on addressing English language learner needs in the classroom.
During the program, students participate in field experiences, ending with a student teaching experience and the opportunity for Bilingual EC-6 certification.
Students are encouraged to participate in the Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO) and the Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE). BIED is a part of the Language Diversity Network.
Freshman, change of major and transfer students should follow all Texas A&M University and department admissions policies. View the Undergraduate Admissions page for full information.
Students must apply and be admitted into the upper level program after the completion of 45-60 hours. The application process is competitive and meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admissions. For admission deadlines and requirements, review the Upper Level Admissions page.
Note: Applicants are reviewed by committee and admitted on a competitive basis. Meeting the minimum requirements listed does not guarantee admission.
After completing 45-60 hours of pre-requisite coursework, students must apply for upper level admissions. Once admitted into upper level, students begin their first field experience block, the BEFB Sequence.
This block is completed in bilingual or dual-language EC-6 classrooms. Students complete 110 clock hours and 45 family community based clock hours. Activities include observation of instructional delivery, analyzing and reflecting on best practices, application of methods to teach content-areas, development and delivery of lessons for English language learners.
The second field experience block, Senior Methods, is approximately 110 clock hours. Students will take courses that include instructional methods in teaching elementary core subject areas: social studies, mathematics, science, and reading/language arts. Practicum activities include observing and teaching in a bilingual or dual language classroom.
The final field experience block is student teaching, completed during their final semester. Student teaching provides applied experience in public schools that facilitate the development of acceptable and realistic perceptions of roles, responsibilities and relationships. Students work with cooperating teachers, who provide guidance for what is expected of a professional teacher and of the school culture.
During student teaching, students are enrolled in BEFB 425, which consists of supervision and planned seminars conducted by the supervisor and an online course BEFB 426 (Effective Instruction for Hispanic Studies).
Review the Undergraduate Student Handbook for BIED Program for full information about the program and options available.