Oct 16, 2017
Associate Professor Gordon, Graduate Program Director, (516) 463-5170, Tatiana.Gordon@hofstra.edu
Courses in this program lead toward New York state teaching certification in bilingual extension. The program is intended for teachers who hold New York state certification for teaching early childhood education, childhood education, middle childhood education, adolescence education, a special subject, literacy education, career and technical education, or students with disabilities who wish to earn certification extension in bilingual education. The program is designed to blend on-campus preparation with field experiences in the school settings specific to the focus of the student’s base teaching certificate. Literacy education, multicultural education, and the use of technology are integrated throughout all aspects of the program. The program conforms with the requirements of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and is registered with the New York State Education Department.
Applications for admission to the Bilingual Education Certificate Program in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching are made to the Graduate Admissions Office. Students who do not fully meet admission requirements may be required to complete prerequisite courses concurrently with the completion of the Certificate Program requirements. Admission is based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria, including the following:
- Possession of a master’s or higher degree in education.
- New York State Certificate (initial or professional) for teaching early childhood education, childhood education, middle childhood education, adolescence education, a special subject, literacy education, career and technical education, or students with disabilities in early childhood, or childhood, or middle childhood, or adolescence.
- Two letters of reference addressing the applicant’s potential to succeed in the teaching profession and in the Bilingual Education Certificate Program course work.
- Interview with the Program Director.
- Demonstration of proficiency in English and the other language or an examination satisfactory to the department and consistent with the New York state certification guidelines. Students who fail to achieve a satisfactory score on the language proficiency examination are retested after the remediation and are required to achieve a satisfactory score prior to completion of the program.
The department understands that any single criterion may not reliably predict a student’s potential for success in the program. Candidates may wish to apply even if they do not meet one of the criteria but feel that other aspects of their experience might compensate.
Program Requirements - Semester Hours: 15
Choose From - Semester Hours: 3
Field experiences in designed schools are required in each of the following courses:
- Completion of all course work for the Bilingual Certificate Program with an overall
GPA of 3.0.
- No grades below B in required courses.
- Completion of the 15 s.h. course work requirements with no fewer than 12 s.h.
- Completion of a portfolio illustrating the student’s education course work and
- All course work taken in satisfaction of the certificate requirements must have
been completed within a three-year period.
Teacher Certification Requirements
Please contact the Office of Certification and Educational Support Services for information regarding the fingerprinting requirement and any other specific certification requirements.
* A minimum of 50 clock hours of college-supervised field experience is required
in this cognate area. Students are placed in the settings specific to the foci
of their base teaching certificates. All field experiences are incorporated into
the course curricula. Placements are arranged by the Office of Field Placement.
Department policy is to place prospective teachers in districts other than those
in which they currently reside or in schools that they attended.