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Graduate Course Descriptions

EDBE 5010   (0-3-0)   Bilingual Education Certification Seminar

This course is designed to help students prepare for the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) in Bilingual Education Certification. The course will focus on content and sample questions from state authorized preparation manuals distributed by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Students must score a minimum of 85% on the DBU TExES post-test in order to pass the course and be authorized by the College of Education to take the TExES examination.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
  • Prerequisite: Completion of EDBE 5301, EDBE 5302, ESLS 5301, and ESLS 5306. The course can be waived for students who are state ESL or bilingual certified.

EDBE 5011   (0-3-0)   Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT) Seminar

This seminar is designed to help students prepare for the Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT) Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES). The course will focus on content and sample questions from state authorized preparation manuals distributed by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Students must score a minimum of 85% on the DBU TExES post-test in order to pass the course and be authorized by the College of Education to take the TExES examination. Only students seeking bilingual certification will be required to complete the EDBE 5011 seminar.   

  • Offered: Fall, Spring.
  • Prerequisite: Satisfactory score on Spanish language proficiency entrance exam. Completion of EDBE 5301 and 5302.

EDBE 5301   (3-3-0)   Principles of Biliteracy Development in Spanish and English

Models of reading instruction and the components of a Spanish reading program for native speakers will be investigated from multiple perspectives. Students will examine practical classroom applications, the historical development of literacy, the processes that affect acquisition and development of literacy in the home and school. Students will study how spelling develops in Spanish and how native Spanish speakers develop as spellers in English. Special emphasis will be given to the choosing of culturally relevant texts and the teaching of language through content and themes. In addition, the role of phonics and phonemic awareness in the teaching of reading to English language learners will be discussed. This course is taught in Spanish.   

  • Offered: Summer.
  • Prerequisite: Satisfactory score on Spanish language proficiency entrance exam.

EDBE 5302   (3-3-0)   Academic Spanish Across the Content Areas

This course, taught in Spanish, focuses on the use of academic Spanish in the teaching of science, mathematics, social science, music, art, and language arts, and current approaches of teaching those subjects in bilingual classrooms. The course includes the study of standard academic Spanish as well as dialects of Spanish.   

  • Offered: Fall.
  • Prerequisite: Satisfactory score on Spanish language proficiency entrance exam.

EDBE 5303   (3-3-0)   Literatura Infantil

The focus of this course is to develop an awareness and appreciation of poems, short stories, theatre and novels for children, written originally in Spanish by authors from diverse regions of the Spanish-speaking world. Students will be required to analyze and interpret texts from a literary perspective. Students will examine and implement various strategies for incorporating children’s literature into the bilingual education curriculum as well as assess the cultural authenticity and aesthetic value of texts. This course is taught in Spanish. Spring. Prerequisite: Satisfactory score on Spanish language proficiency entrance exam.   

  • Offered: Spring.
  • Prerequisite: Satisfactory score on Spanish language proficiency entrance exam.

EDBE 5304   (3-3-0)   Principles of Curriculum Development in Dual Language and ESL Classrooms

Students will connect research and theory to best practices for English language learners in dual language and ESL settings. Students will apply their understanding of best practices to evaluating and planning curriculum. In this course students will understand two-way bilingual and ESL program models in the context of bilingual education. Students will learn about teachers’ and administrators’ roles and the importance of parental involvement in dual language and ESL programs. Research on students’ outcomes will also be analyzed.   

  • Offered: Summer.
  • Prerequisite: None.

EDBE 5320   (3-3-0)   Assessing English Language Learners

Students will develop the knowledge and skills needed to assess English language learners in ways that are valid, reliable, and fair. Students will learn about and apply the use of formal and information assessment tools and techniques that inform instruction.   

  • Offered: Fall.
  • Prerequisite: None.
  • Cross Listed Courses: ESLS 5320

EDBE 5321   (3-3-0)   Linguistics for Reading and ESL

This course explores the linguistic basis for teaching reading and ESL (English as a second language). Students will consider the implications of the basic concepts from phonology, orthography, morphology, and syntax for teaching reading and for teaching English language learners.   

  • Offered: Spring.
  • Prerequisite: None.
  • Cross Listed Courses: ESLS/READ 5321

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