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Post-Master's Advanced Certificate in TESOL and Elementary Bilingual Education


At a time when the demand for bilingual teachers and ESL teachers has never been greater, our new program will give you standout consideration with two valuable credentials: certification to teach K–12 ESL, and a bilingual extension at the elementary level.

  • This is one of the top programs in New York State—and the most affordable
  • This credential satisfies the New York State Education Department’s recent mandate, CR Subpart 154-2, that teachers understand the needs of English-language learners

A teacher of English as a Second Language helps non-native speakers learn English, giving them the crucial communication skills they need throughout their lives. Bilingual educators, on the other hand, increase students’ knowledge of content in their home language as well as in English, setting them up for future success. We’ve designed our new program through a collaboration between our Division of Education and our Department of Linguistics and Communication Disorders to give you the qualifications you need for both approaches.

Why pursue an Advanced Certificate in TESOL and Bilingual Education Extension at Queens College?

  • With its extensive immigrant population, New York State is heading the movement to develop global citizens, and Queens College is a leader in training multilingual teachers
  • All our graduates are employed—and highly sought after
  • Our graduates can be hired to satisfy two roles—K–12 teacher of English as a Second Language and bilingual teacher at the elementary level
  • In the Queens College program, unlike those at other schools, many of your professors will have degrees in linguistics, so you’ll attain a more foundational knowledge of how language works

Admissions Requirements

  • 3 letters of recommendation, official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, and a 500-word essay
  • The GRE is a requirement for all Teacher Education programs
  • Master’s in Education (MAT or MSEd)
  • Current NYSED Teacher Certification in elementary education
  • Fluency in a language other than English in which Bilingual Extension is offered

An interview may be required.

Learn More:

Visit the TESOL and Bilingual Education Extension page
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 Admissions at a Glance

Fall Deadline April 1
Fall Extended DeadlineN/A
Spring DeadlineFall only
Spring Extended DeadlineN/A

Letters of Reference3
Essay  500 Words
GRE  Yes

Accepts Non-MatricNo

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