Training Teachers as Dual Language Educators

Daisy Figueroa

“I chose to study in the Dual Language Program 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

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:

Read our Dual Language Brochure.

Why Study Dual Language at UST?

  • Small class sizes
  • Prestigious high-need program
  • Innovative dual language methodology
  • Attractive campus

Field Experiences

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 Spanish-English, Chinese and Vietnamese dual immersion programs and traditional bilingual settings.

Contact Us

Dr. Higinia Torres-Rimbau, Director
Bilingual/Dual Language Education