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Bilingual/Bicultural Education

In the Department of Arts & Humanities

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Phone: (212) 678-3758

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Application Requirements

Application components include:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • Personal Statement
  • Official Transcript(s)
  • Letters of Reference
  • Resume
  • GRE*

*Please note: Due to recent changes in New York State law, the GRE will also be required for all students entering only the teacher preparation programs from fall 2016 onward. Please visit the Office of Admissions website for the latest information.

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.

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.

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