|Dual Language Program|
The University of St. Thomas Dual Language Program trains teachers to use their dual language skills in K-12 classrooms to teach linguistically diverse populations. This approach enables students to progress academically in English and another language and gain an appreciation of both cultures. Houston is a diverse city where Dual Language Program students have many opportunities after graduation. Many foreign dual language job opportunities are available for students who want to teach abroad after college.
The UST Dual Language Program integrates:
- Field experiences in Pre-K through 6th grade
- Service learning
- Study abroad opportunities
The School of Education
The School of Education at UST offers an undergraduate education program designed to develop classroom teachers with the ability to be effective with today’s student populations in a variety of field settings, both private and public. Undergraduate teacher preparation programs are available in: early childhood-grade 6, with certificates in general education and bilingual/dual language education; grades 4-8, and secondary school grades 8-12 in various areas of specialization.
The School of Education offers a Bilingual/Dual Language Bachelor’s Degree and a Bilingual/Dual Language Master’s Degree.
Why Dual Language at UST?
- Attractive campus
- Small class sizes
- Prestigious program
- Innovative dual language methodology
“I chose to study Dual Language at the University of St. Thomas because I believe it is important for children to develop two languages if the opportunity is available, instead of just focusing on one and losing the other. Being bilingual myself, it only made sense that I use my two languages to help children maintain and develop both of theirs. After graduation I plan to teach Dual Language in an elementary school. Dual Language teachers are in high demand and my classes at St. Thomas have prepared me for a successful and fulfilling career.”
Daisy Figueroa, Class of 2011
View video: Training Teachers as Dual Language
Many excellent and diverse field experiences in both public and private settings are available to students majoring in Dual Language. Through various field placements, students experience dual language instruction in multiple language settings including German, French, Spanish-English and Vietnamese immersion programs and traditional bilingual settings.
For more information about the Dual Language program contact:
Dr. Higinia Torres-Rimbau, Director
Bilingual/Dual Language Education