If you′re an early childhood teacher who works in a bilingual classroom, you're required to have a Bilingual Education Extension Certificate. You’ll learn how to provide instruction that meets the linguistic and cultural needs of emergent bilingual learners, including those with special needs. You will also be able to advocate for bilingual children and their families.
15 credits, includes field experiences
Can be completed in just two years
Increased employment opportunities
Preparation for the Bilingual Education Assessment (BEA)
Upon completing the program and passing the exam, students will earn Bilingual Education Extension Certification. Bilingual teachers have a higher placement rate across New York State due to the growing population of emergent bilingual students and the expansion of bilingual education.
To enter the program, you must have a New York State Initial or Professional License in Early Childhood Education and be able to demonstrate oral and written proficiency in Spanish and English. In addition, you'll need:
A minimum GPA of 3.0 in your undergraduate coursework
Demonstrated proficiency in both English and Spanish. Proficiency in Spanish is demonstrated through on-site evaluation of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. International applicants for whom English is a second language may refer to Monroe College’s policy for admission here. Applicants who have passed the BEA may waive this requirement
College transcript (waived for Monroe College graduates)
Two letters of recommendation
A copy of your state's teaching certification
A personal statement (up to 1,000 words) describing your interest in bilingual education and how working in this environment relates to your professional goals
An interview with the program head
Teaching Bilingual Learners (taught in English); includes 25 hours of supervised field experience*
Bilingual Literacy and Linguistics Practicum (taught in English)
Assessment and Evaluation for Bilingual Students (taught in English); includes 25 hours of field experience
Bilingual Curriculum Development (taught in Spanish)
Bilingual Content Instruction: Math, Social Studies, and Science (taught in English and Spanish)
*For teachers with one year of paid, bilingual instruction, this requirement may be waived.
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