Bilingual/Bicultural Education

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Program Area Coordinator, Advisor
Maria Franquiz

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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Paty Abril-Gonzalez

Assistant Professor

Research interests include relationship building among bilingual Latinx elementary students, their families, and their teachers.

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Doris Baker

Associate Professor

Develops evidence-based reading, science, and social studies interventions and assessments for English learners and bilingual students with and without learning difficulties.

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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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María Fránquiz


Examines ethnographic language and literacy practices in K-12 classrooms, specifically focusing on how Latinx critical race theory explains the relationship between heritage language and culture and the evolving identities of future teachers.

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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.