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The EC-6 Bilingual major is an option under the Applied Learning and Development Early Childhood to 6th major in the College of Education. The EC-6 Bilingual major is designed for students seeking Texas certification to teach in a general elementary classroom, or a bilingual classroom. Bilingual education is a dual-language program designed to provide equal educational opportunities for elementary students with limited English proficiency. Teachers in a bilingual classroom teach students in their home language, and subsequently in English. The Bilingual major at UT is specifically focused on educational issues that relate to students whose first language is Spanish.

Declare This Major

Current undergraduate students at UT Austin who would like to transfer into the College of Education should meet with an academic advisor in the SZB 216, the College of Education Dean's Office, Student Division, to go over a proposed degree plan and complete the form to change colleges. Students with less than 45 semester hours who are interested in changing to one of the Applied Learning and Development majors may transfer into the College of Education at any time. Students with 45 or more semester hours must have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA to transfer into the College of Education.

There are no restrictions or extra application requirements for this major. Once a student is in the College of Education, there is an internal application for the final three semesters of the major (the Professional Development Sequence, or "PDS"). Admission to the PDS requires a minimum 2.5 UT grade point average and completion of required prerequisite coursework. View additional information at Early Childhood to 6th grade certification.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

View a degree plan to see the required courses for the Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Learning and Development Early Childhood to 6th Grade Bilingual Generalist Certification major. View course syllabi of Applied Learning and Development courses.


EC-6 Bilingual majors have a desire to work with culturally and linguistically diverse populations. They have strong leadership, management, oral, written, and people skills. Students tend to be patient, creative, caring, and self-motivating.


  • Confidence in their presentation and oral communication skills in English and Spanish.
  • Work with different types of students and students with special needs.
  • Understand how to develop curriculum and lesson plans.