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Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies - Teacher Education Program

A desperate need exists for teachers in the high-needs fields of bilingual education, English as a second language and special education. Become a part of the solution. The Texas Tech Teacher Education Program will teach you how to make a difference in the lives of high-needs students in Texas.

This program is a partnership between Dallas County Community College District and Texas Tech University's College of Education. Students enroll in a community college, successfully complete the lower division coursework required for an Associate of Arts in Teaching and then transfer to Texas Tech University to complete upper division courses and student teaching requirements. Students will be required to attend face-to-face meetings in the Dallas area. Due to the required face-to-face meetings, only applicants residing in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area will be considered for admission into the program. Upon successful completion of the degree requirements and passing scores on state certification exams, graduates will be certified as elementary teachers with a supplemental certificate in Bilingual or ESL Education in grades EC-6.

Program Overview

Texas Tech University’s College of Education Teacher Education Program in Early-Childhood to 6th Grade (EC-6) elementary certification consists of 129-132 credit hours of undergraduate courses with a specialization in Bilingual Education or English as a Second Language (ESL).

  • 123-132 credit hours
  • Students will earn 66 credit hours at the community college level before entrance into the Teacher Education Program to complete the remaining 57-66 credit hours of coursework and student teaching requirements.
  • Although most upper-division coursework is completed online, students are required to attend some face-to-face meetings in the Dallas area, so only applicants who reside in or near the Dallas area will be considered for the program. Some courses may require sessions delivered via Interactive Video Conferencing (IVC) and field-experience activities.
  • Texas Tech has a lower-division articulation agreement with Dallas County Community College District, but credits and courses from other institutions will be considered for transfer during the admissions process.

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Contact the program coordinator by phone.

  • Name: Jennifer Offutt
  • Phone: 806.834.1916

Application Process

  1. Visit www.applytexas.org.
    • Reactivate/update your Texas Common Application and re-submit an application to Texas Tech University as a transfer student.
    • Due to the required face-to-face meetings, only applicants residing in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area will be considered for admission into the program.
  2. Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov.
    • Add the Texas Tech University School Code: 003644.
  3. Visit www.ttu.edu/admissions.

    • Complete the application process as outlined by Texas Tech University's Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

    Texas Tech University
    Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    Box 45005
    Lubbock, TX 79409
    P: 806.742.1480

  4. Activate your eRaider Username.

  5. Contact Dr. Dora Salazar ( dora.salazar@ttu.eduor 806.742.1998, ext. 480) to notify her of your intent to apply to the program.
    • Due to the time constraints of the admissions cycle at Texas Tech University, it is important that you apply as soon as possible.
  6. Visit the Application for the Texas Tech Educator Preparation Program.
    • Complete and submit the Teacher Education Program application.
    • Upon acceptance to the program, contact Jerry Perez ( jerry.j.perez@ttu.edu, 806.742.1998, ext. 442) to register for classes.

Please note:

  • Students are subject to all degree regulations as outlined in the Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog.
  • A scholarship and additional financial assistance may be available. For more information, refer to the financial assistance information at www.financialaid.ttu.edu.

Degree Plan Requirements 123-132 semester hours

Lower Division General Course Requirements - 66 semester hours (required at the community college level)

The following general course requirements for an Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) may be fulfilled at a community college. In the Dallas area, Texas Tech has a lower-division articulation agreement with Dallas County Community College District. Credits and courses from other institutions will also be considered during the admissions process and rated for equivalency. The requirements to complete an AAT may vary by community college.

English Behavior Science
ENGL 1301 Composition I
ENGL 1302 Composition II
ENGL 23-- Literature Course
GEOG Regional Geography
Speech Fine Arts
SPCH Public Speaking ARTS
MUSI
Science Mathematics
PHYS or CHEM Physical Science
BIOL Life Science
GEOL Earth Science
MATH 1314 College Algebra
MATH 1350 Fundamentals of Math I
MATH 1351 Fundamentals of Math II
Humanities Child Development Course
HIST 2301 History of Texas PSYC
History Additional Requirements
HIST 1301 U.S. before 1877
HIST 1302 U.S. after 1877
EDUC 1301 Intro to Teaching
EDUC 2301 Special Populations
Political Science Foreign Language
GOVT 2301 American Government
GOVT 2302 State Government
Fulfilled with two years of the same language in high school or with two semesters of the same language at a community college.
Teach Education Program - 57-66 semester hours (required courses that will be taken online)

Students will need to have successfully completed most of the general course requirements at a community college before applying to Texas Tech University. Only courses with a grade of C or better will be accepted by Texas Tech University for the B.S. in Multidisciplinary Studies. A GPA of 2.7 is required for admission to the teacher education program

Bilingual Courses
EDBL 3332 Foundations of Bilingual Studies
EDBL 3334 Dual Languages & Cognitive Development in Bilingual Programs
EDBL 3336 Instruction & Management in Bilingual & Multilingual Settings
EDBL 3337 Content Area Development for English as a Second Language Population
EDBL 3338 Methods of Teaching English in Language Learners
EDBL 4321 Teaching Literacy/Biliteracy in Elementary Dual Language Programs (bilingual candidates only)
EDBL 3310 Spanish for Bilingual Education Teachers
EDBL 3320 Content Area Instruction in Spanish for Dual Language Classrooms
Language & Literacy Courses
EDLL 3350 Children's Literature
EDLL 3351 Foundations of Reading Instruction
EDLL 3352 Language Literacy Acquisition
EDLL 4380 Literacy in the Content Area
EDLL 4351 Foundations of Reading: Literacy for Bilingual, ESL & Multilingual Students
Elementary Education Courses
EDEL 4370 Teaching Mathematics
EDEL 4375 Teaching Science
EDEL 4360 Teaching Social Studies
EDEL 4000 Student Teaching (9 hours)
EDEL 4330 Capstone Course
ESS 3336 Health & Physical Education for Children
Educational Technology Course
EDIT 3318 Applications of Technology in Elementary for Children

Course Rotation

Cohort 1
Fall 2009:
EDBL 3332 Foundations of Bilingual Education
EDBL 3334 Dual Language & Cognitive Development in Bilingual Programs
EDBL 3350 Children's Literature
Spring 2010:
EDEL 4351 Foundations of Reading for English Language Learners
EDLL 3351 Foundations of Reading Instruction
EDLL 3352 Language Literacy Acquisition
Summer 2010:
EDBL 3336 Instruction & Management in Bilingual & Multilingual Settings
EDBL 4321 Teaching Literacy/Biliteracy in Elementary Dual Language Programs
EDBL 3310 Spanish for Bilingual Teacher
Fall 2010:
EDEL 4371 Teaching Math
EDEL 4375 Teaching Science
EDLL 4380 Content Area Reading
Cohort 2
Spring 2010:
EDBL 3332 Foundations of Bilingual Education
EDBL 3334 Dual Language & Cognitive Development in Bilingual Programs
EDBL 3350 Children’s Literature
Summer 2010:
EDBL 3336 Instruction & Management in Bilingual & Multilingual Settings
EDBL 4321 Teaching Literacy/Biliteracy in Elementary Dual Language Programs
EDBL 3310 Spanish for Bilingual Teacher
Fall 2010:
EDEL 4351 Foundations of Reading for English Language Learners
EDLL 3351 Foundations of Reading Instruction
EDLL 3352 Language Literacy Acquisition

* This schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Financial Aid

For information on financial aid opportunities, visit the Office of Financial Aid.

There is a federally-funded TEACH (Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education) Grant Program for students who intend to teach in schools that serve students from low-income families for at least four years and are seeking certification in high-need teaching fields. Teacher candidates in high need areas (Bilingual and ESL, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Reading Specialist, Science, and Special Education) with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 may be eligible for grants up to $4,000/year. This program is administered through the Office of Financial Aid. Learn more about the TEACH Grant Program.

A consortium agreement will allow you to use your financial aid at both your local community college and Texas Tech University concurrently. For information and assistance with establishing a consortium agreement, contact Anita Malone in the Office of Financial Aid.