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Bilingual Education Online Course

This fully online program provides school teachers already certified in a content area (e.g., elementary education, early childhood, special education) with a 15-credit sequence of courses leading to the New York State Bilingual Education Extension and a Queens College Advanced Certificate Program. The bilingual education extension qualifies the candidates for positions as bilingual school teachers to work in New York State schools. For candidates who start during a Summer session, this program may be completed in one year.


Program details

  • Five courses/15 credits
  • One-year program:
    • Summer – EECE 761 and EECE 767
    • Fall – EECE 764
    • Spring – EECE 763 (or its equivalent, EECE 791.3) and EECE 766
  • The Bilingual Extension is offered in the following languages:
    • Spanish  
    • Chinese
    • Korean
    • French
    • Russian
    • Students who speak other languages are also encouraged to apply.
  • Application deadline: May 20

Admission requirements and prerequisites


To be admitted to the program, candidates must:  

  • Hold a current New York State Teacher Certificate.
  • Be proficient in a language other than English. This proficiency must be in the language in which they are seeking the Bilingual Extension.
  • Submit a 500-word essay.
  • An interview may be required.

For more information, contact:
Patricia Velasco, EdD
Program Coordinator and Graduate Advisor


  Course Number   Course Description   Number of Credits
  EECE 761 Foundations of bilingual education and bilingualism   This course examines the philosophy, rationale, and historical background of bilingual education. By using information provided by research in the field, participants will discuss the programs, models, and trends while exploring the sociological and political aspects of bilingual education. Special emphasis is placed on the analysis of the research in first and second language acquisition as well as the study of strategies to develop the first language and acquire a second language through the content areas.

  3 credits

EECE 763 Developing language and literacy in the home language

  Elective course in the Language and Literacy and Education for Diverse Populations Specialties. Required course in Bilingual Extension. This course discusses the characteristics of language arts in the home language in the bilingual classroom and the development and evaluation of literacy in the home language. Participants will learn and practice different methodologies for teaching language arts; develop skills in analyzing and creating instructional materials to teach in the home language; and elaborate techniques to evaluate existing language arts programs in the area.

  3 credits

EECE 764 Instruction and assessment across the content areas for bilingual learners

  Elective course in the Language and Literacy and Education for Diverse Populations Specialties. Required course in Literacy B–6 MSEd and Bilingual Extension. This course focuses on the study, analysis, application, and creation of appropriate classroom instructional strategies to teach content areas to language minority students. Students practice different methodologies in teaching mathematics, science, social studies, and other content areas in the new and home language and consider the evaluation issues related to language and content in the bilingual-multicultural classroom. Participants develop skills to examine, evaluate, and create instructional materials to teach students learning a new language.

  3 credits

EECE 766 Educational linguistics and psycholinguistics

  Elective course in the Language and Literacy and Education for Diverse Populations Specialties. Required course in Bilingual Extension. Designed for bilingual teachers, this course concentrates on theoretical approaches to the study of the second language learning process in a bilingual classroom. Students explore aspects of second language acquisition as well as those factors involved in individual variations in achievements of students learning a new language attending bilingual programs

  3 credits

EECE 767 Pedagogical practices in the multilingual classroom

  Elective course in Language and Literacy and Education for Diverse Populations Specialties. Required course in Bilingual Extension. Designed for bilingual educators, this course surveys the alternative teaching methodologies for the learning of English as a new language. Special attention is placed on integrating English language teaching in the areas of mathematics, science, and social studies.

  3 credits
  LEADING TO NYSED Bilingual Extension to current elementary level teaching certification   15-credits

Interested NYCDOE teachers will need to demonstrate fluency in a language other than English to get the extension to their license from the New York State Education Department by taking and passing the Bilingual Education Assessment (BEA). The BEAs consist of both multiple-choice questions and constructed-response assignments; the BEAs include audiotaped listening and speaking components in English and in the target language, and reading and writing components in the target language




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