Bilingual Extension

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  • Extension to your New York classroom certification: 15 credits

Learn how to support children whose first language is Spanish. Help create connections with home and community.

Earn the Bilingual Extension to your New York State teaching certification.

Nilda Bayron-ResnickNilda Bayron-Resnick
Program Director

Through this 15-credit course sequence, you will also learn how to develop and implement an effective, child-centered Spanish / English dual language program in your classroom. The courses prepare you to understand and assess different models of dual language education and transitional bilingual programs.

You will learn to work collaboratively with culturally diverse groups of parents and other educators to support the bilingual development of the whole child within school and community settings.

Certification in Education

After completing the course sequence, Bank Street will recommend you for the Bilingual Extension to your current New York State classroom certification.

Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement

The Bilingual Extension does not require additional fieldwork.

Admission Requirements

Individuals may complete the bilingual extension as non-matriculated students at Bank Street, or they may take the courses as a sequence intregrated into any of our master's degree programs in Dual Language / Bilingual Education.

To apply for this sequence, download the application (.pdf) and send it to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions ( for any additional questions.

  • Hold a valid New York State teaching certification.
  • Fluency in Spanish and in English

Career Opportunities

  • Teach in dual language classrooms or in traditional bilingual classrooms.
  • Tutor or work as a learning specialist in schools or in private practice.