Elementary education is the term commonly used to describe the formal teaching and care of children by people other than their family or in settings outside of the home, usually from early childhood through 6th grade. Bilingual education involves teaching academic content in two languages--a native and a secondary language with varying amounts of each language used in accordance with the program model.
Description of the Field
Students receive a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with Texas teacher certifications in EC-6 Core Subjects and Bilingual Education. As part of the 123 credit hours students are required to take for the Bachelor of Science degree, students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program by fulfilling GPA requirements and passing the THEA test with the required scores for admission to the Teacher Education Program. These scores may differ from score requirements for admission to the university. Students must also complete Clinical I which includes classroom observations and Clinical II which is the student teaching semester. Finally, in order to teach in the state of Texas, students must pass state certification exams which they are eligible to take after completing the Teacher Education Program and consulting with the UNT Dallas Certification Officer to ensure they are adequately prepared before registering. After these requirements are completed, students are eligible for teacher certification through UNT Dallas.
Possible Job Titles
Elementary School Bilingual Teacher
Middle School Bilingual Teacher
Day Care Worker
Social Services Worker
Educational Materials Sales