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2019-2020 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
2019-2020 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Bilingual Education, MA

Professor Gordon, Graduate Program Director, 516-463-5170

Courses in this Master of Arts program lead toward a New York state teaching certificate extension for bilingual education. The program is designed for teachers who hold New York state certification in early childhood education, childhood education, middle childhood education, special subjects, or career and technical education and wish to earn a certification extension for 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.

Admission Requirements

Applications for admission to this Master of Arts program in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Technology  are 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 master’s program requirements. Admission is based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria. The department understands that any single criterion may not reliably predict a student’s potential for success in the program. Students may consider applying even if they fail to meet one of the GPA or testing criteria but feel that other aspects of their experience might compensate. All individual cases will be reviewed by an Admissions Counselor before being referred to the graduate program for further review.

  1. New York state certification (initial or professional) in one of the following areas: early childhood education, childhood education, middle childhood education, a special subject or career and technical education.
  2. A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on undergraduate course work, or its equivalent (e.g., a 3.0 in a completed graduate program). We encourage you to submit all transcripts from your undergraduate work and any graduate work for consideration.
  3. *Submission of scores on a nationally-normed graduate admission test (GRE or Praxis). Recent SAT/ACT exams may be accepted if verifiable by the test provider.
  4. Two letters of reference addressing the applicant’s potential to succeed in the teaching profession and in graduate course work.
  5. Interview with the director of the program.
  6. Demonstration of proficiency in English and another language or a proficiency 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 remediation and are required to achieve a satisfactory score prior to completion of the program.

*Certified teachers who hold a master’s degree from an accredited college or university are exempt from standardized testing.

Program Requirements - Semester Hours: 31

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 while in the program. Grades of D or lower will not be counted toward the graduate degree but will be included in determining the grade point average.

Field Experiences

A minimum of 50 clock-hours of supervised field experience is required. Students are placed in the settings specific to the foci of their base teaching certificates. All field experiences are incorporated into the course curricula and supervised by the University faculty. Placements are arranged by the Office of Field Placement. Departmental policy is to place prospective teachers in districts other than those in which they currently reside or in schools that they attended.

Supervised field experiences in designated schools are required in each of the following courses:

Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of all course work for the Master of Arts program in Bilingual Education with an overall GPA of 3.0.
  2. Completion of the 31 s.h. course requirements in the MA in Bilingual Education program with no fewer than 25 s.h. in-residence.
  3. An electronic portfolio illustrating the student’s education course work and professional accomplishments.
  4. Completion of all required Educational Law Seminars.
  5. All course work offered in satisfaction of the degree requirements must have been completed within a five-year period.


*Course requires participation/observation in designated schools.

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, 233 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.