Dual Language / Bilingual
Early Childhood Special and General Education

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  • Master of Science in Education: 58 credits

Become certified to work with children from birth through grade 2 in general, special education, or inclusion setting, and earn the Bilingual Extension

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 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 develop the understanding and skill to work with young children who are developing typically and atypically. In this curriculum-rich program, discover exciting ways to engage young children in active learning. Develop ways to differentiate learning experiences for a wide range of young learners, including children with specific disabilities.

By closely observing your students, learn to identify and address emerging special needs, and 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.

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.
  • Discover how to help all children find joy and excitement in learning.

Certification in Education

  • When you graduate, you will be eligible for New York State initial certification in Early Childhood General Education and in Teaching Students with Disabilities, allowing you to work with children birth through grade 2 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 for the Dual Language / Bilingual Early 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, head teacher or as a student teacher (3 days each week):
    • Student teachers will be placed at three age levels within the early childhood range (pre-k, kindergarten and grade 1 or 2), and in general education, inclusive, and special education settings.
    • Working teachers and assistants (in approved settings) who stay with a particular grade in the age range may use their own classrooms for their fieldwork setting. These students will gain additional experience through summer supervised fieldwork / advisement during a July (summer 2) term.
  • 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.

Admission Requirements

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

Career Opportunities

  • Teach in early childhood general education, special education, or inclusion classrooms in public, charter or independent schools.
  • Teach in dual language classrooms or in traditional bilingual classrooms.
  • Work as an early-interventionist in social service or education-based agencies, as well as in hospitals or daycare settings.
  • Work one-on-one as a Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) in home of center-based programs.