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Bilingual Education Programs

In one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse counties in the country, our programs bring together a community of graduate students and scholars who seek to develop best teaching practices and promote bilingual education throughout New York State.  We offer three programs of study: 

The Master of Arts in Teaching with Bilingual Extension

The Master of Science in Elementary Education with Bilingual Extension 

The principles that guide our programs include the following: 1) an effective education must articulate the demands of the curriculum with the linguistic and cognitive needs of the students; 2) effective pedagogical instruction and assessment must take into account what research says about language structure, variation, change, acquisition, and language as a social tool; and 3) English language learning can definitely be supported and strengthened by the development of home language proficiencies. Recently, our program has received a major grant from the New York State Education Department to support the New York State Bilingual Common Core Initiative.

Each of our programs has a different set of requirements for admission and completion. Please read the details carefully as you consider which program best fits your professional qualification, goals, and individual needs. While the overall certification course load and requirements of each student may vary, the core courses of the Bilingual Extension currently are:

EECE 761-Educating the Non-native Speakers of English: Theory and Research (3 cr.) 

EECE 763-Teaching of Reading and Language Arts in Bilingual Education (3 cr.) 

EECE 764-Learning the Content Areas in Multilingual Settings: Teaching and Assessment (3 cr.) 

EECE 766 -English Language Learning in the Bilingual Classroom: Theoretical Background (3 cr.) 

EECE 767-English Language Learning in the Bilingual Classroom: Pedagogical Applications (3 cr.) 

The Bilingual Extension is offered in the following languages:

French (prospective French bilingual teachers should contact Fabrice Jaumont to receive financial support from the French government. 212 439 1408,

Teachers who speak other languages are also encouraged to apply.

For additional information or consultation, contact:

Patricia Velasco, Ed.D. 
Program Coordinator and Graduate Advisor

Powdermaker Hall, Room 054E
Phone: 718-997 5318
Fax: 718-997 5317

Prof. Karen Steurwalt

Coordinator and Graduate Advisor for MAT with Bilingual Extension Candidates

Powdermaker Hall, Room 054C

Phone: 718-997 5336 
Fax: 718-997 5317​


The Intensive Teacher Institute provides tuition assistance for eligible applicants. For more info contact Janett Lovett, Assistant Director of ITI-Bilingual Education at If you are ready to apply, visit:


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