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Bilingual/Bicultural Education
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Bilingual/Bicultural Education

In the Department of Arts & Humanities

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How To Apply

To apply for one of the MA programs, please visit the Teachers College Admission website. Applications must be submitted via the online portal. TC no longer publishes paper applications. Applicants may only have one active application at a time.

Please note: Admission requirements for those seeking New York State Teacher Certification have changed. Please visit the Office of Admissions website for the latest information.

Application deadlines are received-by deadlines, not postmarked deadlines.

  • January 15: Early deadline for MA applications
  • April 15: Final deadline for MA applications

Major Codes - Be sure to put the correct one on your application. See the Degree Guide for information about the different tracks. If you are applying for Dual Certification, make sure to indicate in your statement of purpose if you wish to be considered for Stream A, B, or BiSPED.

Major Code Degree Track
MA-BILG Master of Arts - Academic Track
MA-BILC-DU Master of Arts - Dual Certification (Stream A, B, or BiSPED)
MA-BILG-IN Master of Arts - Second Initial with Bilingual Extension
MA-BILC-TR Master of Arts - Transitional B, Peace Corps

Fluency in English and a Language Other than English (LOTE) are required for the Program in Bilingual/Bicultural Education, as well as for the the courses of study leading to NY State certification in Bilingual Education.

Students whose first language is English must provide proof of proficiency in a LOTE by showing evidence of education or extended residence abroad; undergraduate coursework; or language proficiency scores (such as the GRE, SAT, or Peace Corps Assessment). During the admissions process, some students may be selected for further language testing by the Program in Bilingual/Bicultural Education. This testing is free to applicants, and is meant to verify written and oral language skills. Students must also submit a supplemental essay in their LOTE.

Application components include:

  • Online application
  • Application fee
  • All post-secondary transcripts
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of purpose in English
  • Supplemental essay (in a LOTE)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • GRE*

*Please note: Due to recent changes in New York State law, the GRE will also be required for all students entering teacher preparation programs from fall 2016 onward. Our M.A. Academic Track does not require GRE scores. Please visit the Office of Admissions website for the latest information.

International students must submit TOEFL scores UNLESS they have received an Undergraduate degree (not Masters or Doctoral) from a school at which English is the primary language of instruction. The minimum TOEFL exam score required by Teachers College is 100 on the internet-based exam (IBT), 250 on the computer-based exam (CBT), and 600 on the paper-based exam (PBT). Applicants may obtain further information on TOEFL at or from their local overseas educational advising center. IELTS scores may be accepted in lieu of the TOEFL. The minimum IELTS overall band score is 7.0. Score reports must be officially submitted by the testing center. Current and former TC students do not need to submit new scores unless requested by the program to do so.

For information on the interpretation of TOEFL scores, please go to the ETS website here:
For information on the interpretation of IELTS scores, please go to the IELTS website here:

Students seeking New York State Teacher Certification must also satisfy the Liberal Arts & Sciences Certification Requirements - this consists of undergraduate coursework in four basic content areas. Your undergraduate transcript will be evaluated during the admissions process, and you will be notified if you are deficient in one or more areas. For more information, see the Liberal Arts & Sciences Requirement page under Degree Info on the BBE website.

Please note:

  • All admission decisions are final
  • Applicants who seek feedback on negative decisions should direct correspondence to the Associate Director of Admissions, Simone Varadian at or 212-678-7451, who will respond directly. As a general matter, TC does not explain negative decisions.