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Bilingual Extension Certificate


  • Program Overview

    Add the Bilingual Extension to your New York State certification!

    This program is for current teachers who wish to work in dual language/transitional bilingual education classrooms, as well as with students receiving English as a New Language (ENL) services in general education classrooms. You will:

    • Develop a rich teaching repertoire to understand the intellectual, linguistic, and emotional needs of students in dual language/transitional bilingual education settings.
    • Construct developmentally responsive learning experiences that encourage all learners to follow their curiosities.
    • Create accessible bilingual curricula so all learners can explore literacy, literature, mathematics, science, arts, and social studies content.
    • Develop a strong social justice focus in order to advocate for and with children and families.
    • Plan for dynamic and collaborative partnerships with families and school professionals.
    • Engage in critical explorations of yourself, others, and the wider world.

    This program culminates in a certificate and totals 15 credits (prior certification required).

    Subject to Middle States approval.

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  • Admissions Requirements

    In addition to the main admissions criteria, there are additional requirements needed to apply for this program:

    • You must already hold a valid New York State certification in General Education at the Early Childhood or Childhood level.
  • Coursework

  • Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement

    The Bilingual Extension does not require additional fieldwork.

  • Career Opportunities

    Your degree will provide you with a range of career opportunities:

    • Teach in dual language or transitional bilingual education classrooms.
    • Teach in bilingual inclusive and self-contained special education classrooms.
    • Provide English as a New Language services as the general education classroom teacher.
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  • Certification

    Upon completion, you will be eligible for New York State certification in the Bilingual Extension, provided you complete all other State certification requirements.