Dual Language / Bilingual Programs

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  • Master of Science in Education
  • Master of Education*
  • Bilingual Extension

Learn how to enrich the education of emergent bilingual children

You will acquire a rich teaching repertoire to understand the intellectual, linguistic and emotional needs of students in dual language/transitional bilingual settings.

Become certified to work with diverse bilingual populations

Candidates will be eligible for New York State certification in bilingual early childhood or childhood education with a focus in general and/or special education.



Nilda Bayron-ResnickNilda Bayron-Resnick
Program Director

The Dual Language/Bilingual program prepares teachers to work with a wide range of learners in early childhood (birth–grade 2) and childhood (grades 1-6) in general, inclusive, and/or special education settings.

Coursework explores the academic, social, and political issues surrounding the education of children for whom English is a new language or who are growing up in bilingual environments. In addition, candidates learn how to support and assess children as individuals with a range of learning styles and backgrounds. All applicants must demonstrate competence in English and Spanish. 

Programs

There are seven program options. Bilingual students can choose a master's degree program that will allow them to receive general education certification, special education certification (if they already hold general education certification), or dual certification in special and general education, all with the bilingual extension, in one of two age ranges: Early Childhood (birth through grade 2) or Childhood (grades 1 through 6). Teachers who already have a master's degree in education and New York State teacher certification can obtain the bilingual extension through our certificate program.

Admission Requirements

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

Dual Language / Bilingual Programs

  • Dual Language / Bilingual Early Childhood General Education: Master of Science in Education, 48 credits
    • Ages: Birth through grade 2
    • When you graduate, you will be eligible for New York State initial certification in Early Childhood General Education. You will also be eligible for the Bilingual Extension. After teaching for three years you will be eligible for professional certification.
    • No prior certification required
    • Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement: Student teachers will be placed at three age levels within the early childhood range (pre-k, kindergarten and grade 1 or 2).
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  • Dual Language / Bilingual Childhood General Education: Master of Science in Education, 45 credits
    • Ages: 1st through 6th grade
    • 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.
    • No prior certification required
    • Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement: 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
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  • Dual Language / Bilingual Early Childhood Special and General Education: Master of Science in Education, 58 credits
    • Ages: Birth through 2nd grade
    • 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.
    • No prior certification required
    • Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement: 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.
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  • Dual Language / Bilingual Childhood Special and General Education: Master of Science in Education, 58 credits
    • Ages: 1st through 6th grade
    • 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.
    • No prior certification required
    • Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement: 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.
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  • Dual Language / Bilingual Early Childhood Special Education: 43 credits
    • Master of Science in Education or *Master of Education (for those with a prior master's degree in education)
    • Ages: Birth through 2nd grade
    • When you graduate, you will be eligible for New York State initial certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities, allowing you to work with children up through grade 2 in general education, special education and inclusive settings. You will also be eligible for the Bilingual Extension. You will be eligible for professional certification in both your first and second certifications once you have taught for three years.
    • Prior certification required
    • Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement: 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.
    • Coursework >>

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).
    • 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.

Career Opportunities

  • Teach in early childhood general education in public, charter or independent schools.
  • 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.
  • 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.