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2011-2012 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
2011-2012 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Bilingual Education: Intensive Teacher Institute (ITI), Advanced Certificate

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Associate Professor Gordon, Graduate Program Director, (516) 463-5170.

Courses in this program lead toward New York state initial teacher certification in bilingual education. The program is intended for teachers who are enrolled in the Intensive Teacher Institute (ITI); hold New York state certification for teaching early childhood education, childhood education, middle childhood education, adolescence education, special subjects, literacy, career and technical education, or students with disabilities are employed as bilingual teachers and wish to earn certification in bilingual education. Bilingual Educators hold positions as adult educators, teacher assistants, preschool, kindergarten, elementary, middle, secondary and other school teachers.

On average, students complete this program in one academic year.

Admission Requirements

Application for admission to the Bilingual Certificate ITI Program in the Department of Teaching, Literacy, and Leadership is made to the Graduate Admissions Office. Students who do not fully meet admission requirements may be required to complete prerequisite courses concurrently with completion of the certification program requirements. Admission is based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria, including the following:

  1. Possession of a bachelor’s, master’s or higher degree in education.
  2. New York state certification (initial or professional) for teaching early childhood education, childhood education, middle childhood education, adolescence education, a special subject, literacy, career and technical education, or students with disabilities.
  3. Employment as a bilingual teacher.
  4. An overall GPA of 2.75 or higher for applicants with baccalaureate degree. Additionally, applicants are required to have a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the general education, liberal arts and sciences core.
  5. Two letters of reference addressing the applicant’s potential to succeed in the teaching profession and in the bilingual certificate program course work.
  6. Interview with the coordinator 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.


*NOTE: It is strongly recommended that the Bilingual Education Assessment (BEA) be completed prior to graduation.

Field Experiences

Participation/observation field experiences in designated schools are required in each of the following courses:


A minimum of 50-clock hours of supervised filed experience is required. Students are placed in the setting 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 teacher in districts other than those in which they currently reside or in schools that they attend or have attended.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of all course work for the Bilingual Certificate ITI Program with an overall GPA of 3.0.
  2. Completion of the 15 s.h. course work.
  3. Completion of a portfolio illustrating the student’s educational and course work and professional accomplishments. All course work taken in satisfaction of the certificate program requirements must have been completed within a three-year period.
  4. Completion of  all Education Law Seminars as required by the Commissioner’s Regulations. The certificate will not be conferred until all requirements are met.

Teacher Certification Requirements

Upon the successful completion of a Hofstra state-approved teacher education program, students are eligible for the University’s recommendation for New York state certification. A request for recommendation must be submitted to the Office of Certification and Educational Support Services the semester in which the student is graduating. Students who apply directly to New York state for certification are responsible for learning about and satisfying the certification requirements set by the state. It should be noted that such requirements may differ from those in Hofstra’s registered programs.

All prospective early childhood (Birth-Grade 2), elementary (Grades 1-6) and secondary (Grades 7-12), special subject teachers and educational leaders are required to pass the New York State Teachers Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) administered by Pearson Education, for state certification requirements. Students should consult with the Office of Certification and Educational Support Services regarding the appropriate examinations for their area of study. Beginning in May 2013 graduating students will be required to pass new Performance Assessments and revised Content Specialty Tests.

It is strongly recommended that students complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) prior to student teaching, and the Assessment of Teaching Skills Written (ATS-W) and the Content Specialty Test (CST) during student teaching. Students not receiving passing scores on these examinations will not be eligible for certification.

In addition to fulfilling the required courses of study, the Commissioner’s Regulations mandate that all prospective teachers, pupil personnel and education leaders receive instructions regarding:
    1.     Identification of Child Abuse and Maltreatment.
    2.     Fire and Arson Prevention.
    3.     School Violence Prevention and Intervention.
    4.     Prevention of Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Abuse.
    5.     Highway and School Safety/Prevention of Child Abduction.

New York state legislation also requires all persons seeking certification as special education teachers or school administrators working in special education to have training in the area of children with autism. All of these requirements must be completed before the conferral of the degree and recommendation for certification.

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