Department of Teacher and Bilingual Education

Message from the Chair

Dr. Gerri Maxwell
(361) 593-2203

Dr. Maxwell

Welcome to the Department of Teacher and Bilingual Education!

The Department of Teacher and Bilingual Education serves the entire university as the home for the Educator Preparation Program at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.  All paths leading to Texas certification, regardless of college, whether undergraduate or graduate, are guided by the College of Education and Human Performance through the Department of Teacher and Bilingual Education and the Center for Educator Preparation Services.

We offer twelve unique undergraduate teacher preparation degrees, four specialized master's programs, and the nation's first Bilingual Education Doctorate.  Highlights of our programs are our outstanding faculty who offer nurturing academic environments for learning through traditional, hybrid, and online course delivery.  We house the King Ranch Early Childhood Center, and we sponsor the Annual Conference in Bilingual Education, now in its 40th year.

We invite you to pursue the dynamic careers that await you in the education profession; begin or continue your academic journey through the Department of Teacher and Bilingual Education.

Welcome to the Department of Teacher and Bilingual Education.  Use the links at the right to navigate through our site.   The department is housed in Rhode Hall.

Mission of the Department

The faculty in the Department of Teacher and Bilingual Education is united in our vision that we will become the program of choice for individuals wishing to pursue a career in education in South Texas.  To this end, our mission is to serve the educational needs of South Texas, the state and nation by preparing qualified professionals to assume positions of responsibility and leadership in an increasingly complex, dynamic and global society.

Through this mission, our goal is to establish and facilitate life-long professional development for both pre-service and professional educators through quality undergraduate and graduate programs.  The Department of Teacher and Bilingual Education prepares education professionals for classroom and leadership roles in schools with diverse populations in the changing cultural, linguistic, and educational environments of South Texas and beyond. 

Our goal will be accomplished through a process of collaboration and commitment.  Our strategies will utilize technology, research-based teaching methods, developmentally appropriate field-based experiences and outcome-based performance assessments.  This process is aimed at maximizing learning for children, pre-service teachers, professional educators, and university partners.

Undergraduate Program in Interdisciplinary Studies

We offer an undergraduate program in Interdisciplinary Studies that can lead to teacher certification for those interested in becoming EC-12 educators.  More information about our certificate offerings can be found on the Center for Educator Preparation Services website.

Graduate Programs

We offer four programs at the Master's Level:

  • Bilingual Education (may include a specialization in English as a Second Language)
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Reading Specialization
  • Special Education
  • Science in Education

Doctorate in Bilingual Education

We also offer a doctorate in Bilingual Education (the first doctoral program in the nation in Bilingual Education).

This page was last updated on: January 13, 2017