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Bilingual Extension Advanced Certificate

The Bilingual Extension Advanced Certificate program is designed specifically for teachers who hold initial teaching certification in any area and wish to pursue bilingual/multilingual education (grades P–12). The design of the program prepares candidates with competencies in the required pedagogical core areas identified for bilingual education, TESOL standards, and New York State Blueprint for English Language Learner Success. It offers breadth of knowledge and crucial connections between theory, practice, and conditions to prepare candidates to teach a diverse student population in a variety of educational classroom settings. The coursework will integrate bilingual/multilingual education content and pedagogy in foundations, methods, assessment, and literacy, with focuses on aspects of science, linguistic, psychological, and cultural development issues of P–12 students. We strive to ensure that all students’ individual educational paths and socio-emotional needs are met in multiple languages leading them to college and career readiness, and believe that all teachers are teachers of ELs.

There is a substantial and documented need for bilingual educators. More than 625 public school districts, charter schools, and non-public schools in New York State (NYS) implemented educational programs and services for more than 300,000 LEP/ELL students. These students come from more than 200 language backgrounds. It is documented in research that all teachers in today’s classrooms need to be familiar with bilingual and second language teaching methodologies and multicultural education teaching strategies to work with ELLs in their own classrooms. The Bilingual Extension Advanced Certificate program is designed to prepare candidates to become knowledgeable and prepared to teach general and subject-specific content to all students in grades P-12, including bilingual English learners and culturally and linguistically diverse students.

The Bilingual Extension Advanced Certificate program can be taken in person at our Long Island (Old Westbury) or New York City (Manhattan) campuses, fully online, or in a blended format. Since our program offers multiple formats, teachers in any state participating in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC SARA) can complete this program and receive certification through NC SARA. The program requires 15 credits hours.

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Admission Requirements

  • B.S. degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university
  • New York State provisional or initial certification
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Students who have a GPA between 2.85 and 2.99 may be considered for conditional admission by the program chair. If students are admitted conditionally, they must achieve a 3.0 GPA in the first six graduate credits to continue in the M.S. program.
  • In accordance with New York State’s regulation and accreditation agency’s requirements, applicants should submit official report of a national standardized exam with a competitive score. Please contact the admissions office or department for details.

Application Process

  • Online application
  • Personal statement: Teaching philosophy
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your initial teaching certification
  • $50 application fee
  • Official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • A competitive score on the GRE or MAT (Miller Analogies Test), which could be submitted after being conditionally admitted to the program. An exemption can be made if you already hold a master’s degree.
  • An interview with the program chair. The interview may be held electronically.
  • International student requirements: English proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS/PTE), I-20, and transcript evaluation


Applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis, as long as space is available.

Special Note
New York education law now permits nonresident aliens to qualify for an initial license. Individuals with U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status may qualify for a permanent or professional New York State Teaching Certificate.

Read more at NYSED

Transfer Credit
Transfer credit from other accredited colleges and universities is accepted up to a maximum of six graduate semester hours. The courses to be transferred must be relevant to the program of study being pursued and have been received within five years of the date of the transfer request. Grades earned for the course must be 3.0 or higher, and the credit must not have been applied toward another degree. The official transcript must be submitted to the Office of Admissions with a written request and a copy of the course description taken from that college’s catalog. This form can be obtained in the College of Arts and Sciences or in the Office of Admissions.

All candidates must have been accepted into and matriculated in a master’s degree or certificate program within the first nine credits of study. Nonmatriculated candidates may take no more than nine credits. Interim assessment of all candidates takes place at 12 credits. NYIT reserves the right to withdraw matriculation status from any candidates who do not maintain a GPA of 3.0 and satisfy all other College of Arts and Sciences requirements at the point of interim assessment.