Dual Language / Bilingual
Childhood Special and General Education

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  • Master of Science in Education: 58 credits

Become certified for grades 1 through 6 to work in general, special education and inclusion settings, 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

Through this program you will learn to implement a Spanish / English dual language program in your classroom to support the educational experiences for dual language and bilingual students. You will learn about the different models of dual language education and transitional bilingual programs.

Through close observation of your students, learn to identify and address emerging special needs. You will then be able to tailor your teaching approach to the needs of each student, creating a classroom that values, validates and nurtures children and difference.

As you engage with this program's emphasis on curriculum development across all subject areas (math, science, reading, social studies and the arts), you will discover how to differentiate instruction in order to reach all learners. You will develop classroom management techniques that will allow you to engage all learners, while developing safe and nurturing relationships with children and their families.

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.

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 and in Teaching Students with Disabilities, allowing you to work with children in grades 1 through 6 in general education, special education and inclusive settings.
  • You will also be eligible for the Bilingual Extension.
  • The program leads to professional certification for those who complete all New York State requirements and complete three years of paid classroom teaching.


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 in the Dual Language / Bilingual Childhood Special and 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, covering both general and special education settings.
    • 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 a summer practicum.
  • 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.
  • Tutor or work as a learning specialist in schools or in private practice
  • Work in special education teacher support services (SETSS) in hospitals and other settings

Admissions Requirements

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