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    Designed for individuals who wish to add the Bilingual Teacher Extension but do not wish to complete a master's degree. The program meets the academic requirements for adding the Bilingual Teacher Extension-Initial to an existing initial or professional New York State teaching certification except for those certified in a foreign language or ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages).

    This program can be completed fully online.

    Admission to the Program

    The application process is managed by the Center for Graduate Studies. Applicants must have the following qualifications:

    1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
    2. Valid New York State certification in one of the following areas:
      • Initial Early Childhood Birth-Grade 2
      • Initial Childhood Education Grades 1-6
      • Initial Adolescence, any content area 7-12 (other than foreign language or ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages).
    3. Demonstrated proficiency in a language other than English at the advanced level. An oral proficiency interview may be required of some applicants. If required, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, (585) 395-2269, will contact the applicant to schedule the interview.
    4. adTPA, MAT or GRE scores

    Program Requirements

    Students must meet the College's standards for graduate study.


    • EDI 612 Bilingual Methods of Teaching Content
    • EDI 628 Methods, Materials and Cultural Perspectives in TESOL/Bilingual Education
    • EDI 641 Theories and Trends in Bilingual-Multicultural Education
    • EDI 661 Research in Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition

    Note: EDI 628 and EDI 521 each require a 25-hour field experience component.

    Minimum Total Credits: 15


    Students who complete this program are eligible for the College’s recommendation for New York State certification. Program completion and submission of the recommendation form are also required to secure the College’s recommendation. Additional New York state certification requirements must be satisfied to earn certification. Students are advised to consult the Brockport Certification Office for comprehensive information regarding NYSED certification requirements.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

    1. Content knowledge: Students will be able to understand the central concepts of their discipline.
    2. Pedagogical content knowledge: Students will be able to develop instructional plans and strategies, and connect them with content knowledge to enhance learning opportunities for P-12 students.
    3. Professional knowledge and skills: Students will be able to understand the learning needs of all students, and utilize their professional knowledge and skills, including the implementation of assessments and technology, to create effective learning experiences.
    4. Reflective skills: Students will be able to continuously evaluate the impact of their work with students, reflecting on their success as teachers and addressing their needs for continuing professional improvement.
    5. Professional dispositions: Students will practice professional ethics, including dedication, respect, intellectual integrity, positive outlook, self-awareness, and professionalism.
    6. Positive impact on P-12 learning: Students will be able to produce evidence that they engage students in meaningful activity that promotes the development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.