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Bilingual/Bicultural Education

In the Department of Arts & Humanities

Contact Information

Email: bilingual-bicultural@tc.edu

Phone: (212) 678-3758

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Application Requirements

Application components include:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts from all universities you have attended (uploaded into online application)
  • Letters of Reference
  • Resume
  • Supplemental essay in LOTE (Language Other than English) - submitted via online application
  • GRE required ONLY for: Master of Arts - Dual Certification, Master of Arts - Dual Certification (BiSPED), Master of Arts - Bilingual Education Extension

Fluency in English and a Language Other than English (LOTE) are required for the Program in Bilingual/Bicultural Education, as well as for 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. 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). Applicants may obtain further information on TOEFL at www.toefl.org 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.
For information on the interpretation of IELTS scores, please go to the IELTS website.


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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