Guide Non-Native English Speakers to Academic Success
Proficiency in two languages enhances students’ opportunities economically, academically and socially. This coincides with the increasing demand for bilingual, biliterate and bicultural professionals in the workplace. That’s why University of Houston-Clear Lake offers the Interdisciplinary Studies B.S. with Core Subjects EC-6 with Bilingual Supplemental Certification. When you teach bilingual students English, you will see the impact of your work almost immediately as your students progress. Your coursework includes both Spanish and English lessons that emphasize current educational theory and practical instructional techniques, allowing you to help both Spanish and English speakers become bilingual.
You’ll benefit from the personalized attention you’ll get in smaller classes taught by dedicated faculty members who are committed to your success. Take advantage of enriching field experiences in both bilingual and general education settings that also ensure you’ll enter your own classroom equipped with the confidence and skills you need for a fulfilling teaching career. With bilingual supplemental certification, you can help students develop bilingualism and biliteracy.
Address a Teacher Shortage Area and Expand Your Marketability
The Center for Immigration Studies reports that more than 61 million immigrants and their American-born children under the age of 18 live in the U.S. Millions of these immigrants are Spanish-speaking, prompting the need for more bilingual teachers. Responding to this teacher shortage, the U.S. Department of Education identifies bilingual education as a high-need area at the federal level. With the Core Subjects EC-6 with Bilingual Supplemental Certification, offered by UHCL, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for shaping the future.
This program allows you to expand your reach and multiply your teaching opportunities. Graduates are now teachers in bilingual and general education settings in numerous local school districts, including Deer Park, Houston, Clear Creek, Galena Park, Goose Creek, Alvin and Pasadena.
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Deadlines for Applying
- Graduate Deadlines
New Degree Seeking - May 1 (Some programs may not apply)
New Degree Seeking - August 1
Priority* - August 13
Final* and Session Start - August 27
*Former/Non-degree seeking/Certificate Graduate Students applicants who apply after the priority deadline can expect to go through late registration. $50 late registration fee will be assessed.
- International Deadlines
Priority – March 1
Final – June 1
Priority – August 1
Final – November 1
Priority – February 1
Final – April 20
Students interested in qualifying for scholarships &/or applying for visas outside the U.S. should apply and submit the application documents/test scores by the priority deadline
International freshmen applicants will not be accepted for Summer semester.
Accreditations and Distinctions
UHCL’s College of Education graduate and undergraduate programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation for both initial teacher preparation and advanced educator preparation. We’re one of only 14 educator preparation programs in Texas to hold this accreditation. The College of Education is also accredited by the State Board for Educator Certification/Texas Education Agency and holds accreditations from a number of organizations for individual specializations and certification programs.
We’ve earned national recognition for accomplishment and innovation, including the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education.