The doctoral program in bilingual education prepares graduates for university and leadership positions in the field of education, including consultation and evaluation, teacher training and supervision, or coordination of programs. A combination of coursework, practica, program competencies and the final dissertation ensure both the breadth and depth of training. The program is led by trained and experienced faculty in bilingual curriculum development, distance teaching formats and instructional design.
In 1986, Texas A&M University began offering coursework in the areas of bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) education. Now, graduates from the Bilingual Education Program are working in different settings across the state and nation. Our research agenda and optimum goal is to increase diversity. Since 1999, the Bilingual Education Program has secured record amounts of federal grants totaling over $17 million. These funds have supported our graduate students and schools working with second language learners, and currently support research in issues of English language and literacy acquisition and science education for English language learners.