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This advanced certificate provides a New York State Bilingual Extension for graduate students who already possess an initial or professional certificate for birth through grade 12. Successful applicants must demonstrate proficiency in both English and in the language other than English for which they seek the extension. Our online courses cover bilingualism, research, methodology, biliteracy, content instruction in bilingual settings, and multicultural education. Some fieldwork may be conducted in person.
Our mission is to prepare both practicing teachers and career-changers for effective classroom practice of diverse students in urban settings. This advanced certificate prepares candidates to teach in bilingual settings where two languages are used as the media of instruction. The program will not only support you to gain New York State Certification but will also provide you with both the analytical and practical skills to offer students.
The program information listed here reflects the approved curriculum for the 2023-2024 academic year per the Brooklyn College Bulletin. Bulletins from past academic years can be found here.
This advanced certificate provides a New York State Bilingual Extension for graduate students who already possess an initial or professional certificate (Birth–Grade 12, including teachers of students with disabilities and for teachers of students with speech and language disabilities). This program of study prepares candidates to teach in bilingual settings where two languages are used as the mediums of instruction. The advanced certificate provides candidates with a solid foundation in the theory and practice of bilingual education; courses include the following topics: bilingualism, research, methodology, biliteracy, content instruction in bilingual settings and multicultural education.
Course seminars/lectures will be online. Courses may require in-person fieldwork/student-teaching bilingual settings.
Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00.
Interviews and writing samples in English and the language other than English are required for admission to the Advanced Certificate for Bilingual Extension (Birth–Grade 12).
Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in both English and in a language other than English (the language in which they seek the extension). Proficiency of the language other than English is determined by the Bilingual Education Assessment (BEA), which is offered by New York State. International applicants for whom English is a second language are required to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 550 on the paper-based test or 213 on the computer-based test or 79 on the internet-based test, before being considered for admission.
The Bilingual Extension consists of 15 credits. Required courses, which may be taken in any order, are listed below. This sequence of courses is applicable for candidates who already possess a certificate, except Teachers of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) students.
7350T, 7351T, 7353T, and 7355T; and Puerto Rican and Latino Studies 7145X.
TSSLD students must complete the following sequence of courses:
CBSE 7350T, 7351T, 7353T, Communications Arts, Sciences, and Disorders 7535/CBSE 7360, and Communications Arts, Sciences, and Disorders 7536/CBSE 7359.
All courses in the childhood bilingual education programs require departmental permission for registration.
Students should note additional requirements found at the beginning of this section as well as in the sections “Admission” and “Academic Regulations and Procedures” of the Brooklyn College Bulletin of Graduate Programs.
Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:
Interview with a faculty member.
Refer to the instructions at Graduate Admissions.
2105 James Hall
222 West Quad Center
2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210
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To make an appointment with a graduate admissions counselor, visit:
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Brooklyn College is an integral part of the cultural and artistic energy of New York City. Our faculty members in Childhood, Bilingual, and Special Education offer incomparable expertise and tremendous talent, and each brings a unique perspective to their teaching and mentoring in and out of the classroom.
Dr. Ascenzi-Moreno, Professor of Bilingual Education & Bilingual Program Coordinator, is dedi...
Ginny Dembek is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, where she received a Ph.D. in Sp...
Meral Kaya earned a B.A. and an M.A. in Turkey and finished her Ph.D. at the Ohio State Universit...
Students complete internships in public and private schools throughout the New York City region as well as across the United States. The internship is a supervised experience designed to hone the requisite skills and knowledge to work as a bilingual educator.
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