Education (Bilingual Education) - Master of Arts (Online)

The program with a concentration in Bilingual Education (without coursework leading to New Mexico Licensure) prepares scholars, practitioners and leaders in understanding bilingualism/multilingualism within the contexts of schools, families, communities and society. The Southwest Borderlands situates participants uniquely such that they might critically examine issues confronting Spanish-speaking and heritage language populations. A key dimension of the program is the advancement of issues related to equity and social justice by encouraging participants to serve as advocates for bilingual children, their families and communities.

  • Candidates who apply for the Bilingual Education (Spanish/English) endorsement (PreK-12) must successfully demonstrate language proficiency as measured by the Spanish language examination PRUEBA. Similar requirements are necessary for candidates of Bilingual Education for Navajo and Pueblo language groups. These examinations are administered through the New Mexico State Department of Education.
  • The necessary coursework required for the Bilingual Education endorsement is embedded within this program of the study. Additional information regarding the endorsement can be found at the New Mexico Public Education Department (
  • Many specialized courses are not offered every semester. Please check with your advisor to plan accordingly
Prefix Title Credits
Course Requirements
TPAL Core Courses
EDUC 5120Multicultural Education (also a Bilingual Education Core Course)3
EDUC 5140Research in Curriculum and Pedagogy3
Bilingual Education Core Courses24
Issues in Schooling for Bilingual Learners3
Technology and Language Learning3
Literacy-Language Instruction for Bilingual Students3
Bilingual/Multicultural Schooling and Community Relations3
Internship in Bilingual Education1-6
Pedagogy of TESOL3
Second Language Acquisition3
Selected Topics in Bilingual Education1-6
Electives - choose one3
Sociolinguistics in Education3
Directed Study in Bilingual Education1-6
Total Credits33