Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


School Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Mary R. Valerio

Second Advisor

Dr. Jo Ann Mitchell Burns

Third Advisor

Dr. Salvador Hector Ochoa


This study was conducted through a survey instrument. The quantitative aspect examined the question: Is there a significant difference in the mean scores between the directors' perceptions with respect to the need for: (a) bilingual special education (BSE) programs in the public schools; (b) training programs for teachers who serve students with limited-English proficiency and disabilities; (c) formal BSE certification; and (d) universities to offer BSE training? Positive and negative BSE attributes including suggestions comprised the qualitative dimension. The sample consisted of 40 bilingual education directors and 27 special education directors from the Lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas and selected school districts along the Texas-Mexico border. The response rate was 49.6%. The findings are discussed in regards to (a) the existing literature, (b) implications for both special and bilingual education in serving limited-English proficient (LEP) exceptional students, and (c) recommendations for further BSE research.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American