Program Overview

This program is designed for Bilingual Teachers who hold New York State Birth - 2nd grade (Early Childhood) OR 1st grade - 6th grade (Childhood) degrees; certification who are proficient in English and in a home language other than English [Spanish for now]; and who seek a bilingual extension to teach their certification area in both languages.

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited college or university.
  • An undergraduate or master’s degree index of at least 3.0.
  • New York State early childhood or childhood teacher certification grades Birth to grade 6.
  • One (1) letter of recommendation.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in English and in the home language other than English by completing an interview and career essays in both languages.
  • Have successfully completed a course in multicultural perspectives (at least 3 credits). Candidates may take ESC 769 or another course selected in consultation with the adviser to meet this requirement.
  • Meet additional Department, College, and State requirements, if an.y

Matriculated students must consult with an adviser in the Advanced Certificate: Bilingual Extension Birth-Grade 6 program during their first semester to plan their course of study. All candidates must complete all courses outlined in the course catalog. In order to be recommended for the Bilingual Extension Advanced Certificate, candidates must complete the Advanced Certificate: Bilingual Extension Birth - Grade 6 program with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, pass the Bilingual Education Assessment (BEA), and meet any additional New York requirements.

View Certification Requirements and Required Courses Here

Application Deadline

Deadlines for Fall Start:
Priority Decision Deadline (first look): March 15
Regular Decision Deadline: April 15
Final Deadline: May 15

Deadlines for Spring Start:
Priority Decision Deadline (first look): October 15
Regular Deadline: November 15
Final Deadline: December 15

Contact Us

Cecilia Espinosa

Cecilia Espinosa
Program Coordinator