Graduate Information

Attaining an M.S.Ed. in any of the innovative programs in our department 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, grades one through six, the support needed to thrive holistically.

The mission of the Department of Childhood, Bilingual, and Special Education in the School of Education is to prepare teachers for effective classroom practice of diverse students in urban settings. Our work is driven by a commitment to social justice and beliefs that all children can learn; that education is necessary for all humans to realize their full potential; and that a quality education is a right not a privilege. Our goal is the development of knowledgeable, skilled teacher candidates who are well versed in research, theory, and practice.

Check out our programs in Childhood Education, Bilingual Education M.S.Ed. and Advanced Certificate (Birth–12), Special Education, Math, and Science.


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Bilingual Programs

Bilingual education, or the instruction of content and language, in both English and a home language is a powerful way for students to maintain and extend their home language and acquire a new one. Forty-one percent of New York City public school students speak a language other than English at home, representing a total of more than 150 languages. The Childhood, Bilingual, and Special Education Department hosts the college’s graduate bilingual education programs: 1) Advanced Certificate in Bilingual Extension, Birth–12; and 2) M.S.Ed. programs in childhood bilingual education. Our undergraduate program in childhood bilingual education is in partnership with the Puerto Rican and Latino Studies Department.

The bilingual education programs prepare teacher candidates and practicing teachers to be effective, exemplary, and reflective bilingual teachers in multilingual and diverse urban communities. Through course work that includes bilingualism and methods of teaching bilingual students in the content areas, future bilingual teachers are equipped with theory and gain practical skills in working with bilingual students. One of the strengths of our program offerings is the partnerships we have with dual language schools throughout Brooklyn.

We have the following program offerings. Apply here.

I. Advanced Certificate in Bilingual Extension, Birth–12

This program is designed for birth–12 teachers who already possess New York State Certification in the areas. The advanced certificate in bilingual extension (birth–12) applies to all current and future certifications. It is a non-graded certification. New York State Education Department’s definition of the bilingual extension is birth–12; therefore, there are no specific bilingual extensions that apply to a specific grade band. The Subsidized Bilingual Extension Program (SBEP) is a partnership with the New York City Department of Education, which offers currently certified content and classroom teachers the opportunity to gain a bilingual extension for their current New York State Certification at reduced cost.

The sequence of courses applies to all of the following base certificates:

  • Early Childhood Education (Birth–Grade 2)
  • Childhood Education (Grades 1–6)
  • Common Branches (PreK–Grade 6)
  • Middle Childhood Education (Grades 5–9)
  • Adolescent (Grades 7–12)
  • Special Subjects
  • Literacy Education
  • Students with Disabilities in Early Childhood, Childhood, Middle Childhood, or Adolescent Education or Special Education (Birth–Grade 12)
  • Teachers of Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, Deaf or Hard of Hearing, or Speech and Language Impaired (Specialized Track Available)

Fifteen credits of course work (five courses) are required to earn the advanced certificate in bilingual extension. This certificate can be completed in one academic year. Courses include work in multiculturalism, bilingualism, and practices in teaching students across the content areas using the home and new languages. All course work is fully online. The program is designed for valid all initial certificates. Partnership with Speech and Language Pathology. Courses include CBSE 7350T, CBSE 7351T, CBSE 7353T, CBSE 7355T, and PRLS 7145X.

II. M.S.Ed. in Bilingual Education

This program consists of 36 credits and provides teachers with the background and skills in working with a diversity of emergent bilingual students in urban settings. Applicants who do not possess certification must complete an additional 18 credits before starting the M.S.Ed. program. Fieldwork required for all students. Course work for these programs is either fully or partially online.

Languages at the Graduate Level

  • Arabic
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Haitian-Creole
  • Russian
  • Spanish

More Information

For more information, contact the Bilingual Program coordinator, Laura Ascenzi-Moreno.

Advanced Certificate Program in Autism Spectrum Disorders

What is the Advanced Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) Program?

The advanced certificate in ASDs is an interdisciplinary, collaborative program. It is a one-year graduate program in which students develop skills in research-based approaches, such as applied behavioral analysis, natural learning paradigms, and developmental social-pragmatic approaches to work with children with ASD.

What is the deadline to apply for the program?

Fall: August 15
Spring: January 10

How do I apply?

Create an account and begin your graduate application. Fill out the application and submit all supporting documents. Use this application guide to navigate the application process.

Is there an application fee to apply to the program?

A nonrefundable fee of $75 is required.

Will the program be offered online?

For the 2021–22 academic year, students will be taking courses in the fall (fully online), spring (possibly hybrid), and summer (fully online).

Who can apply for the program?

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree can apply.

What grade point average (GPA) is required for admittance?

A GPA of 3.00 or above is required.

What are the application requirements?

Transcripts, one-page personal statement, and two letters of recommendation.

Do you require the GRE for applications?


How much is the tuition and fees for the program?

Consult this breakdown of tuition and fees.

How do I obtain information about the program?

You can find more information here.

How long is the program? What is the course sequence?

This is a one-year program. Students will be taking two courses in the fall, two in the spring, and one in the summer, for a total of 15 credits.

What courses am I taking?

Students will take five courses worth three credits each, for a total of 15 credits. These courses include:

  • Fall: CASD 7317X: Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders, and CBSE 7666T: Special Issues in Education: Classroom and School-Wide Learning Environments
  • Spring: CASD 7319X: Speech, Language, and Communication Development of Individuals on the Autism Spectrum; and CBSE 7691T: Classroom Organization, Management, and Curriculum Modifications for Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Summer I (June): CBSE 7682T: Seminar in Teaching Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders

What time and frequency will classes be held?

Classes will be held early evening, often from 5 to 7 or 7:30 p.m. once a week.

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