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Queens College, CUNY and the New York State Education Department: Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (NYSED OBEWL)

Online Bilingual Extension Program


Queens College, CUNY seeks to recruit 20 candidates whose tuition will be partially funded by the NYSED OBEWL for the completion of five courses leading to the Bilingual Extension.  This program will only accept one cohort of twenty candidates for Fall 2018.  Candidates will have to commit to completing the one academic year program (2018-2019) that will qualify them for positions as bilingual teachers in the State of New York.  

The purpose of this program is to prepare future bilingual teachers for working with English language learners/multilingual students. The program emphasizes research and practice in bilingual pedagogy and bilingualism in linguistically and socially diverse environments and communities.

The application must be submitted online to Queens College Graduate Admissions.

The application deadline is May 20.  You may follow the direct link below to begin your graduate application. 

Admission Requirements and Prerequisites 
To be admitted in the program candidates are required to:   

  1. Submit NYS Teacher Certificate in an area that is eligible to receive the bilingual extension (i.e. early childhood, elementary education, special education)

  2. Submit undergraduate and graduate transcripts that show a GPA of at least 3.0.

3.  Be proficient in a language other than English. This proficiency must be in the language in which they are seeking the Bilingual Extension. Candidates need to take a language proficiency test at Queens College or by using FaceTime or Skype. Candidates who have already taken and passed the Bilingual Education Assessment do not need to take the Queens College language proficiency test but must demonstrate proficiency by submitting their BEA results with passing scores.

4.  Write a 500-800 word essay stating the interest and/or importance for becoming a school leader in bilingual school settings.

  • Please make sure that you state in your essay that you are applying to the NYSED Subsidized Program.

The Bilingual Extension consists of 5 courses or 15 credits. The courses are all offered online: 

EECE 761: Foundations of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism

EECE 763: Developing Language and Literacy in the Home Language (Spanish) or equivalent course EECE 791.3 in Chinese.

EECE 764: Instruction and Assessment across the Content Areas for Bilingual Learners

EECE 766: Educational Linguistics and Psycholinguistics

EECE 767: Pedagogical Practices in the Multilingual Classroom

Application deadlines:    

May 20th to join the program in the Fall 2018 semester.    

For further information regarding the Bilingual Education program, please visit the website: Bilingual Education Program

Prospective candidates for this program should contact:


Dr. Patricia Velasco | Associate Professor 

Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education

Bilingual Education Program

Queens College, CUNY

Powdermaker Hall 054E

Please visit the Queens College Graduate Admissions website for more information. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


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65-30 Kissena Blvd.

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Telephone: 718-997-5302

Fax: 718-997-5325 


 Events and Updates


Queens College, CUNY seeks to recruit 20 candidates whose tuition will be partially funded by the NYSED OBEWL for the completion of five courses leading to the Bilingual Extension. Click here for more information about the Online Bilingual Extension Program.​

NEW FOR SPRING 2017 Spring-semester only, 4-course ADDITIONAL CERTIFICATION programs in Early Childhood Education (Birth-2nd Grade) and Childhood Education (Grades 1-6).
Click here for more information and faculty contact.


Sabbatical Program for New York City Teachers​

NEW FOR FALL 2016: MAT Early Childhood Education(Birth-2nd Grade) and MAT Childhood (Grades 1-6) PROGRAMS​

These 36-credit, three semester programs are designed for students with no prior educational training to prepare for either Birth-2nd Grade or Grades 1-6 New York State Initial Certificate. Students interested in preparing for a second certification in B-2, 1-6, or Bilingual education can take the necessary courses in the fourth semester.  Students interested in courses leading to a second certification in Special Education should contact the program coordinator of Special Education.

Early Childhood Education B-2
Dr. Patricia M. Cooper
Powdermaker Hall 054
Telephone: (718) 997-5302
Childhood Education 1-6
Graduate Students only

Dr. Mary Bushnell Greiner
Powdermaker Hall 054
Telephone:  (718) 997-5302

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