Bilingual/Bicultural Education

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Program Area Coordinator, Advisor
Elaine Horwitz

The Bilingual/Bicultural Education (BBE) program provides expertise for students to become leaders in a field of growing importance. BBE students develop a critical perspective that allows them to advocate for bilingual educators, administrators, children, and families both in and outside the K-12 education system. Working alongside faculty, BBE graduate students develop a knowledge base in research and practice in the areas of: language policy and bilinguals’ educational program development; second language acquisition; biliteracy; effective bilingual and ESL instructional practices; bilingual and ESL teacher preparation; and theories of immigration. In addition, our thriving undergraduate Bilingual Teacher Certification program offers students extensive opportunities to experience research and theory in practice in the classroom.


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Adriana Alvarez

Assistant Professor, Master's Advisor

Studies biliteracy development and pedagogy with a focus on social justice, strength-based approaches, and family engagement.

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Rebecca Callahan

Associate Professor, EPP Master's Program Head

Research Interests include immigrant bilinguals’ transition from adolescence to young adulthood, as well as their associated educational processes.

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Lucy Camarillo-May


A member of the UT Proyecto Maestría Collaborative, she is a leader in Bilingual and Bicultural Education.

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Claudia Cervantes-Soon

Assistant Professor

Examines issues of power and identity in education, particularly in bilingual/dual language classrooms and for Latina/Chicana/Mexicana women.

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Elaine K. Horwitz


Studies language acquisition from the perspective of second language learners, and how they affect the learning process.

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Nayelli Ramos

Clinical Assistant Professor

Focuses on equitable dual language programs, biliteracy, and bilingual and ESL teacher preparation.

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Haydeé Rodríguez

Clinical Assistant Professor

Prepares students to become educators in bilingual and ESL education and mentors novice Bilingual educators.