Stephen F. Austin State University

Bilingual

Bilingual Supplemental Certification

In addition to any program that you may be following, you may wish to obtain a supplemental certificate for teaching children whose native language is Spanish. You are required to be proficient in Spanish because you will be delivering content instruction in Spanish and in English.

English Language Learners (ELL), also referred to as children with Limited English Proficiency (LEP), have special needs. If instruction is in English-only from the very beginning, these children may fall behind and lose ground because initially they are totally confused. The bilingual certification courses are designed to aid these children in the content areas by using their native language for concept introduction and for clarification purposes. Bilingual courses provide the necessary information for modifications to the curriculum that ensure student success and provide a platform for developing a deep understanding of cultural realities that affect learning and everyday life. If you are working on a graduate degree, you may elect to add a supplemental certificate to teach in a bilingual setting. This certification requires fluent Spanish.

Undergraduate students CANNOT take these courses as electives. These course hours do not count toward hours needed for undergraduate students to graduate.

Graduate students may take these courses as electives if part of a master's degree plan. (Standard Elementary Professional Reading Specialist)

The courses required for this certification are offered online. The courses are ONLY offered during the summer sessions and they must be taken in sequence.

Bilingual Certification - Overlap or Graduate Level Only (12/13-Hour Requirement)

Must pass TExES Bilingual Education Supplemental exam and the TExES Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT).

When all required department prerequisites for the TExES certification exams are met, staff helps with registration procedures and plans appropriate reviews for the certificate student. For more information about the TExES certification exams, please contact:

Office of Assessment-Elementary Education
Ms. Karla Hamilton - (936) 468-1821

Course Prerequisites

Admission to Educator Certification

Admission to Educator Certification requires a 2.75GPA. You must be either admitted as an undergraduate (overlap student) OR as a graduate student to enroll in the Bilingual Supplemental Certification courses.

Apply online to the Graduate School.

Seeking certification but not a graduate degree?

Graduate students not seeking a master's degree, need to do the following:

Apply for admission to the Graduate School as

For Bilingual Supplemental Certification: (12/13 hours)

Must pass TExES Bilingual Education Supplemental exam and the TExES Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT).

Bilingual Supplemental Certification FAQs

What is the difference between an ESL Supplemental Certificate and a Bilingual Supplemental Certificate?
The biggest differences between earning an ESL and Bilingual Supplemental Certificate is that the bilingual certification requires Spanish proficiency since the bilingual teacher speaks both English and Spanish as a means of content instruction.
Can the coursework required for the supplemental certificate be taken as electives by undergraduates?
Undergraduate students CANNOT take these courses as electives. These course hours do not count toward hours needed for undergraduate students to graduate. Overlap courses count only for graduate credit and will apply to a Master's Degree.
Are undergraduates eligible to take the ESL courses?
Undergraduates may apply for "overlap" status and pursue a limited amount of graduate study concurrently with undergraduate study. Certain requirements apply.
What are the benefits of earning an Bilingual Supplemental Certification?
You will become highly marketable throughout Texas and the rest of the nation when you earn the bilingual supplemental certification. Public schools are serving growing numbers of students whose primary language is Spanish. Many school districts provide tuition reimbursement or stipends to their employees who are bilingual certified.
What role does the Bilingual certified teacher serve in the classroom?
Public schools are serving growing numbers of students whose primary language is Spanish. The Bilingual certified teacher has the knowledge of methods and techniques for teaching that will aid English language learners in the content areas. The Bilingual certified teacher can limit confusion encountered in an English-speaking environment by introducing concepts and clarifying information in the child's native language.
How will SFA offer the Bilingual Supplemental Certification Program?

SFASU offers the Bilingual Certification Program during the summer semesters only. Two courses will be offered in Summer Semester I (ELE 515, ELE 505) and two courses in Summer Semester II (ELE 506, ELE 507). All courses are offered online.

Note: A capstone exam is given in ELE 507. You must make arrangements to take the exam on the SFA campus toward the end of summer semester II.

Contact the office of assessment in the department of elementary education.
Ms. Karla Hamilton - (936) 468-1821

What are the required courses?

All required courses are online and must be taken in sequence.

  • ELE 515 Language Acquisition for ESL/Bilingual
  • ELE 505 Foundations of ESL/Bilingual
  • ELE 506 ESL/Bilingual Assessment
  • ELE 507 ESL/Bilingual Teaching Methods

Are students seeking Bilingual supplemental certification required to work with English Language Learners (ELL) for required coursework?
Yes. Course work is designed to teach you techniques and procedures for teaching English language learners. You will be required to implement curriculum developed during the course with these children. Children must be age ten (10) or older and have some reading skills in the native language and/or English.
Is the Bilingual Supplemental Certificate program a Master's degree program?
No, but the Bilingual courses offered by SFASU can be applied toward a Master's degree program in Elementary Education. (Standard Elementary Professional Reading Specialist).
Who can I contact before registering for the bilingual courses?

Dr. Susan Casey
caseys1@sfasu.edu