Advanced Certificate Program in Bilingual Education

There is a substantial and documented need for bilingual educators. As of June 2012, 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 over 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 Advanced Certificate in Bilingual Education Extension is designed to prepare candidates to become knowledgeable and prepared to teach general and subject-specific content to all students in all grade-levels, including bilingual English learners and culturally and linguistically diverse students. Pace University’s Advanced Certificate in Bilingual Education program, offered on both our New York City and Westchester campuses, leads to initial and professional Bilingual Education Extension certificate.

 

 Degree Requirements

Course Number & Title

Credits

Fieldwork Hours

ED 551  Theory and Practice of TESOL/Bilingual Education

3

15

ED 556A  Curriculum, Methods and Assessment: Teaching English Language and Literacy to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students

3

15

ED 556B  Curriculum, Methods and Assessment: Teaching  Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students Across the Content Areas

3

15

ED 632  Language, Meaning, and Development of Global Perspectives in Diverse Schools

3

10

ED 558A  Fieldwork in Bilingual Settings

1.5

25

ED 558B  Fieldwork in Bilingual Settings

1.5

25

TOTAL

15 credits

105 Fieldwork Hours

 

 

 

Admission Criteria

The criteria for admissions to the program are:

  • A bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution, undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above, and an Initial or permanent/Professional teaching certificate as a classroom teacher (or completed the requirements for an initial classroom teaching certificate, or comparable certificate from another state).
  • Candidates must already possess oral and written language proficiency in both English and the native language of instruction (Refer to the language proficiency requirements for all candidates and non-native speakers of English, below).

Language Proficiency Requirements for All Candidates:

Competence in a language other than English (LOTE) is required, as demonstrated by fulfilling one of the following four options:

  1. taking and obtaining a passing score of Advanced-Low or above on ACTFL Language Test (O.P.I);
  2. taking or obtaining a passing score on NYU foreign language proficiency test
  3. having completed undergraduate studies in the target language; or
  4. completion of a minimum of 6 college-level credit hours or equivalent (e.g., CLEP) in LOTE, in a single language.

Students who earned a bachelor's degree in a country where English is not the official language and for whom English is not their first language must submit scores from the TOEFL, or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) that are no more than two years old. The following scores are the recommended minimum for English Language Proficiency for admission to the School of Education:

  • TOEFL scores of 570 (paper-based version), 230 (computer-based version), 78/79 (Internet-based version).
  • IELTS score of 7.0