Extension in Bilingual Education
This fully online program provides school teachers already certified in Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2), Childhood Education (Grades 1-6), or Special Education with a 15 credit program leading to the New York State Extension in Bilingual Education. The Extension in Bilingual Education qualifies the candidate to work as a teacher in bilingual classrooms and programs in New York State schools, including dual language and transitional bilingual education programs. This program can be completed in one year.
Who This Program Is For:
The program is for persons who are looking to obtain the required NYS authorization to teach in bilingual education programs. To apply you must have either a bachelor’s or master’s degree in education and hold a New York State initial or professional certification in Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2), Childhood Education (Grades 1-6), or Special Education. You must speak a language other than English to be eligible for this program.
The Extension in Bilingual Education consists of five courses (15 credits). To continue in the program, students must maintain a B average and receive no grade lower than B- in any course.
EECE 761 Foundations of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism (3 cr.)
EECE 763 Developing Language and Literacy in the Home Language (3 cr.)
EECE 764 Instruction and Assessment Across the Content Areas for Bilingual Learners (3 cr.)
EECE 766 Educational Linguistics and Psycholinguistics (3 cr.)
EECE 767 Pedagogical Practices in the Multilingual Classroom (3 cr.)
To complete the program in one year, courses must be taken on the following schedule:
Fall: EECE 761 and EECE 763 (Spanish) or its equivalent EECE 791.3 for languages other than Spanish
Winter: EECE 766
Spring: EECE 764 and EECE 767
Completion of this program and all New York State requirements for certification leads to recommendation by the Division of Education for a NYS Extension in Bilingual Education, which authorizes the holder to teach in bilingual education programs. This extension must be attached to a valid NYS initial or professional certificate in Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2), Childhood Education (Grades 1-6), or Special Education. Students should contact the Certification Office for up-to-date information on NYS certification requirements. For a list of Existing Valid Base Certificates click here
The Extension in Bilingual Education is offered in the following languages:
Students who speak other languages are also encouraged to apply.
Applicants must meet the following admissions requirements:
- Have an earned bachelor’s or master’s degree in education
- Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Have NYS initial or professional certification in Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2), Childhood Education (Grades 1-6), or Special Education
- Be proficient and pass a language assessment in a language other than English (this proficiency must be in the language in which you are seeking the Extension in Bilingual Education)
- Submit a GRE score (only for applicants who do not hold a master’s degree)
- Submit a 500 word essay stating your interest in and/or the importance of your becoming a bilingual teacher
Application deadline: June 30