B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Bilingual Education
The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a concentration 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 Teacher Education program before beginning the certification program.
Note: Applicants are reviewed by committee and admitted on a competitive basis. Meeting the minimum requirements listed does not guarantee admission.
Degree: Bachelor of Science, University Studies
Program Delivery: Traditional
Program Hours: 120
After completing 45-66 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).
Creative Studies Minor
The Creative Studies minor provides knowledge and strategies to help you think more creatively within the area of your future profession. Everyone has the ability to think more creatively. Our job is to help you develop and grow your creative ability. Creativity changes the way you think about personal and professional situations.
Complete the Application, obtain a signature from Dr. Joyce Juntune (704 Harrington) or Christy Porter (115B Heaton Hall). Once signed, submit the application to your academic advisor, who will approve the minor and add it to your student account. Students applying for a minor in Creative Studies must have an overall GPR of 2.0 or better.
The Creative Studies minor is 15 credit hours, consisting of six hours of required coursework and nine hours of additional courses, to be chosen by the student. Students must have a C grade or above in all Creative Studies courses to qualify for graduation with the minor.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the typical program costs?
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I live out of state. Do you accept out-of-state applicants?
Yes, we accept in-state and out-of-state applicants.