M.S. in Education degree program: childhood education teacher (grades 1-6) - bilingual education
HEGIS code 0802.00
NYS SED program code 26823

The program in bilingual childhood education prepares students to teach in English monolingual childhood classrooms as well as childhood classrooms where two languages are used as the mediums of instruction (also known as bilingual classrooms). The program consists of a 36-credit course of study and is intended for persons who have attained or are in the process of acquiring New York State Initial Certification as a teacher. The course of study includes a 15-credit bilingual extension consisting of courses in bilingualism, research, methodology, biliteracy, content instruction and multicultural education. This 15 credit sequence can be taken as an advanced certificate (see Advanced Certificate in Bilingual Education). For those candidates who do not hold any certification as a teacher, an additional 18 credits are required for the degree as well as one semester of student teaching in a bilingual setting.

Program Heads

Office Hours
Ascenzi-moreno, Laura Assistant Professor     lascenzimoreno @ brooklyn.cuny.edu email for appointment


Admission Requirements

Department Childhood, Bilingual And Special Education
Fall Application Deadline July 15th
Spring Application Deadline November 1st - rolling admission
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions: transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, two letters of recommendation, resume, photocopy of New York State or other state teaching certificate, biographical statement of 500 to 1,000 words describing your reasons for pursuing the specific graduate program to which you are applying and your future professional goals. Interview with department. GRE required. Entering graduate students in Fall 2016 are EXEMPT from the GRE requirement if they enroll in Summer I courses. Refer to instructions at http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/admissions/graduate/apply.php .
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) 550, 213, 79
Examinations GRE General Test


Matriculation requirements
This program applies to students who hold a New York State Initial Certificate in Childhood Education and wish to attain a Professional Certificate in Childhood Education with an Extension in Bilingual Education. This program also applies to students who have a Professional Certificate in Childhood Education and wish to pursue an Extension in Bilingual Education. All students who wish to enroll should speak to the Bilingual Program Adviser.

Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00.

Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in both English and in a language other than English (the language in which they seek the extension.) Proficiency in 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.

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.

Degree requirements: Thirty-six credits are required for the degree.

Required courses are listed below; courses marked with an asterisk (*) are bilingual extension courses.

CBSE 7200T paired with CBSE 7351T*.

CBSE 7203T paired with Puerto Rican and Latino Studies 7145X*.

CBSE 7204T paired with Mathematics 7141T or 7142T or 7143T or 7145T or CBSE 7405T.

CBSE 7201T paired with any graduate level course in General Science or 7000-level course in Earth and Environmental Sciences.

CBSE 7202T paired with CBSE 7350T*.

CBSE 7353T* paired with CBSE 7355T*.

During the first semester, students must file a program of study approved by the program adviser. All courses in the childhood education degree sequence and in childhood bilingual extension programs require departmental permission for registration.

Nonmatriculated students
Students with a New York State Initial Certificate in Childhood Education and/or a New York State Professional Certificate in Childhood Education or their equivalents who wish to complete an Extension in Bilingual Education without completing a master's degree in Childhood Education, may do so as a nonmatriculated student. The bilingual extension can be applied to all New York State Certifications including Teachers of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). Permission from the head of the Program in Bilingual Education is required.

The Bilingual Extension in Childhood Education consists of 15 credits. Required courses, which may be taken in any order, are listed below. This option is applicable for candidates who hold initial certification, except TSSLD students.

CBSE 7350T, 7351T, 7353T, and 7355T; and Puerto Rican and Latino Studies 7145X.

TSSLD students must complete the following course sequence:

CBSE 7350, CBSE 7351, CBSE 7353, SPEC 7535/CBSE 7360, and SPEC 7536/CBSE 7359.

All courses in childhood education and in childhood bilingual extension programs require departmental permission for registration.