Master of Bilingual Education

Master of Bilingual Education

The Master of Bilingual Education (M.B.E.) degree at Southern Methodist University is designed to meet the needs of practicing teachers.  


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Program Structure

The Master of Bilingual Education degree program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that prepares specialists in the field of bilingual education and master teachers of students who do not speak English as their primary language. Designed for in-service and pre-service teachers, the program includes requirements in bilingual education such as literacy, second language teaching, bilingual math and science instruction, linguistics, culture/multicultural education, and community-based research. The program meets the requirements of the Texas Education Agency for master's level programs in bilingual education.

The faculty is drawn from the various academic disciplines represented in the University as well as professors from the Bilingual Education program. Visiting professors and lecturers also contribute to the offerings of the program.

Students must complete 36 graduate-level credit hours in one of three degree plans--the English as a Second Language (ESL) Plan, the Gifted & Talented Plan, or the Special Education Plan. The required courses in methodology, linguistics, culture, research, and the history and rationale of bilingual education offer maximum flexibility to those who are interested in broadening both their academic preparation and classroom skills. 

Course Rotation 

Requirements for Admission

The program is intended for Spanish/English bilingual educators who have a near native or native command of Spanish and English. All MBE specialization courses integrate the language and culture of students in the Spanish-speaking world, particularly of students of Hispanic heritage living in the United States.

Additional admission requirements can be viewed here.

Scholarship Information


Fairess Simmons Graduate Fellowship


The Fairess Simmons Graduate Fellowship fund is a generous gift from Harold C. and Annette C. Simmons. This fund provides graduate fellowships in the Master’s and Ph.D. programs for students in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. The Fairess Simmons Graduate Fellowship is named in honor of Mr. Simmons’ mother, Fairess Simmons, who was a teacher. “I grew up in a home that valued education,” Harold Simmons said. “My father and mother both were educators, and they sacrificed so that I could attend college. I’ve been able to use my education to become successful in business and to support important efforts that have an impact on other people’s lives. This gift will represent our shared commitment to support teachers likes the ones who made a difference in our own lives.”

The Fairess Simmons Graduate Fellowship was created to provide merit scholarships to pre-service or practicing teachers interested in pursuing coursework in the Master of Bilingual Education program.

M.B.E. Degree Plans

The M.B.E. Degree Curriculum: ESL Focus
The M.B.E. Degree Curriculum: Gifted and Talented Focus
The M.B.E. Degree Curriculum: Special Education Focus

Transfer Credit

Applicants should not expect to receive more than six hours of transfer credit from other institutions.  Students will need to submit a letter requesting transfer credit describing the course content along with an official transcript with these hours during the first semester of enrollment.  Only courses with a grade of B or above can be transferred.  Generally, no credit will be allowed toward the Master's degree for courses taken more than six years before acceptance into the program.  Any exceptions to the requirements and policies stated above must have the approval of the Dean of the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development.