About The Office of Bilingual Education
The Office of Bilingual Education (OBE) is the unit within the UT Austin College of Education that coordinates research, training, and professional development efforts associated with the education of language minority students. A specific focus of OBE is the education of English Language Learners (also referred to as limited English proficient or LEP students) whose English skills are so limited that they cannot function successfully in general education classrooms without support. These students are typically served in bilingual education or English as a second language programs.
Since its establishment in 1972, OBE has pursued a programmatic training, research, development, and dissemination agenda focused on improving the quality of educational services provided English Language Learners. OBE assists faculty interested in developing programs and services for ELLs and helps develop proposals to secure external support for these activities. Emphasis has been given to generating financial support to increase the number of qualified personnel available to serve English Language Learners, including bilingual education, English as a second language, and bilingual special education teachers. Emphasis is also given to developing proposals for projects that will advance the knowledge base associated with best practices in educating these learners. These goals have guided OBE work since its inception.