Dual Language /
Bilingual Childhood General Education

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  • Master of Science in Education: 45 credits

Become certified to work with children in grades 1 through 6 with a focus on dual language / bilingual education

Learn to understand and support the needs and aspirations of immigrant groups in order to create a more egalitarian society

Nilda Bayron-ResnickNilda Bayron-Resnick
Program Director

Spanish-speaking and dual language students enter elementary school classrooms with varying levels of English proficiency. Through this program you will learn about the different models of dual language education and transitional bilingual programs. Further, you will learn to develop and implement a Spanish / English dual language program in your classroom.

You will learn to engage your students in rich curricular experiences in a bilingual or dual language format. Through courses and through fieldwork experiences, you will develop an understanding of the intellectual, linguistic and emotional needs of children. 

You will also 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. 

Your Bank Street program combines coursework in development, curriculum, the bilingual extension and fieldwork.

Distinctive Features

  • Bank Street emphasizes dual language education as the most effective model for bilingual learners, as supported by the most current research in the field.
  • Meet the needs of diverse learners by building on students’ strengths and interests.
  • Develop specific strategies to address the over-representation of bilingual children in special education settings.

Certification in Education

  • When you graduate, you will be eligible for New York State initial certification in Childhood General Education. You will also be eligible for the Bilingual Extension.
  • After teaching for three years you will be eligible for professional certification.  


Courses at Bank Street provide students with the opportunity to engage in readings, discussions, direct experience, and reflection, encouraging a constant interplay between theory and practice. Explore the courses for the Dual Language / Bilingual Childhood General Education program.

Supervised Fieldwork / Advisement

Taken concurrently with coursework, supervised fieldwork is designed to foster the integration of theory and practice. You will:

  • Work in classroom settings as a full-time assistant teacher or head teacher, or as a student teacher (3 days each week):
    • Student teachers will be placed in monolingual English and dual language Spanish and English classrooms both at the grade 1 through 3 level, and at the grade 4 through 6 level
    • Working teachers or assistant teachers who stay with a particular grade in the age range may use their own classroom as their setting for fieldwork. These students will gain additional experience through additional fieldwork.
  • Be supervised by your advisor, a core graduate faculty mentor,  as you work with children in your fieldwork setting.
  • Participate in a weekly conference group of 5-7 students and your advisor.
  • Meet individually with your advisor twice each month.

Career Opportunities

  • Teach in general education classrooms.
  • Teach in dual language classrooms or in traditional bilingual classrooms.
  • Teach in inclusive and self-contained special education classrooms as the bilingual general education teacher.
  • Tutor or work as a learning specialist in schools or in private practice.

Admission Requirements

  • A strong academic background in the liberal arts and sciences.
  • Fluency in both Spanish and English.
  • See the Admissions Criteria.