College of Education Departments

Teacher and Bilingual Education

Graduate Programs- Teacher and Bilingual Education Department

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M.A. or M.S. in Bilingual Education
(may include a specialization in English as a Second Language)

The Master's Degree in Bilingual Education is designed to promote the professional development of school personnel involved in meeting the educational needs of Limited English Proficient (LEP) students. The program is open to teachers, administrators, counselors, supervisors, and other professionals interested in the education of language minority students. Courses are conveniently scheduled in the evenings or on Saturdays to accommodate the needs of persons working full-time. The department also offers courses leading to certification.


Dr. Gina Garza-Reyna
Associate Professor

Weslaco Contact Information: 
312 N. International Blvd., Weslaco, TX 78596
Office: (956) 447-3372

Kingsville Contact Information:
Texas A&M University-Kingsville, MSC 196
700 University Blvd., Kingsville, TX 78363
Office: (361) 593-3367

M.S. in Education

This program is designed to prepare teachers to be instructors in dual enrollment classes in high school. It requires 18 graduate hours in specific content (ex. Math, English) which will also qualify students to teach in community colleges and other areas of high education upon completion of the degree. All education courses and most of the support field classes are online. The department also offers a Master of Science in Education with Teacher Certification. Basically, students take the ACP and 6 additional hours to earn the Master's degree.


Dr. Mike Desiderio
Rhode Hall 207

M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education

The Department of Teacher and Bilingual Education offers a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Early Childhood Education. The program is designed to prepare teacher educators for leadership roles with educational institutions, meet the professional development needs of educators, and assist students with meeting teacher certification requirements.


Dr. Fernando Hernandez
Assistant Professor
Rhode Hall 207

M.S. in Reading Specialization

The Reading Specialist program leads to reading certification as a reading specialist in grades 1-12. It is designed to be especially useful in working with students having difficulty in learning to read. The program emphasizes building on student's strengths and on providing instruction appropriate for their individual needs. The program results in a master of science degree and certification as a Reading Specialist by the Texas Education Agency after passing the Texas state certification exam.

Reading Specialist Certification

Courses leading to Reading Specialist certification are offered through the M.S. in Reading Specialization degree program.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Reading Specialist certificate program must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  • Meet requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies at Texas A&M University-Kingsville (

Reading Specialist Program Handbook


Dr. Olivia Modesto
Associate Professor
Rhode Hall 200-A


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This degree offers individualized preparation for students who have completed undergraduate programs in special education or related areas.  The program stresses field-based learning and experiences while offering ample opportunities to participate in teaching, research, and service.  Basic requirements include a core of courses common to all areas of special education, including an investigation of best educational practice for high incidence and low incidence disabilities, current legal issues, collaboration models, transition issues, and inclusion.


Educational Diagnostician Certification

Courses leading to Educational Diagnostician certification are offered through the M.Ed. in Special Education degree program.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Educational Diagnostician certificate program must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  • Hold a valid classroom teaching certificate
  • Meet requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies at Texas A&M University-Kingsville (

Educational Diagnostician Program Handbook

Educational Diagnostician Certificate Coursework Plan (link attachment provided)

Click Here to see state requirements for issuance of the Standard Educational Diagnostician Certificate.


Dr. Monica Wong-Ratcliff
Rhode Hall 251

Ed.D in Bilingual Education

The doctorate in Bilingual Education was the first such doctoral program in the nation.  It prepares individuals for administrative careers in education or for roles as leading academicians in higher education, with expertise in Bilingual education. For information on the AY-2016: 18 Characteristics of Texas Public Doctoral Programs: Bilingual Education Doctoral Program click here.


Dr. Norma Guzman
Professor of Bilingual Education

Doctoral Program Coordinator
Rhode Hall 208