Advanced certificate in bilingual education
HEGIS code 0899
NYS SED program code 31826

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Ascenzi-moreno, Laura Assistant Professor     lascenzimoreno @ email for appointment


Admission Requirements

Department Childhood, Bilingual and Special Education
Fall Application Deadline July 15th
Spring Application Deadline December 15th
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

1. tTranscripts from all colleges and universities attended (applicants who earned a bachelor's degree outside the United States need to submit a 'Course by Course International Transcript Evaluation.'

2. Two letters of recommendation

3. Resume

4. Copy of New York State or other state teaching certificate, and results from the Bilingual Education Assessment (BEA). Candidates without BEA may be offered an interview by the academic department to determine language proficiency.


I. F-1 or J-1 international students must submit English Proficiency Exam. TOEFL- 79, IELTS- 6.5, PTE- 58-63

Refer to instructions at .
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) N/A, N/A, N/A


This advanced certificate provides a New York State Bilingual Extension for graduate students who already possess an initial or professional certificate (from 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.

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.

Degree requirements: Fifteen credits are required for the degree.
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.