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2015-2016 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
2015-2016 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Bilingual Education: Intensive Teacher Institute (ITI), Adv. Cert.

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*No longer accepting applications.*

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 Teacher Education Programs  is made to the Graduate Admission 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 Education: Intensive Teacher Institute (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.
  4. Completion of all required Educational Law Seminars.
  5. All course work taken in satisfaction of the certificate program requirements must have been completed within a three-year period.

Teacher Certification Requirements

Upon successful completion of degree requirements, students will be eligible to apply for the University’s recommendation for New York state certification. Contact the Office of Educational Support Services, 129 Hagedorn Hall, for information regarding any required Educational Law seminars* and other certification requirements. Forms for applying for certification can be found at the Office of Educational Support Services Web page under the certification tab.

*Please note, as of December 31, 2013, the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education now require a new six-hour seminar for Training in Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination Prevention and Intervention, required under the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA): http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/news/newsitem05162013.html.

To be eligible for the certification extension in bilingual education students are required to have passing scores on the appropriate New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE). Please contact the Office of Educational Support Services for specific certification requirements.

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