FAQ Bilingual Extension Information | Communication Sciences and Disorders | Biobehavioral Sciences

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Bilingual Extension Information

The Bilingual Education Assessment (BEA) is a New York State exam which tests proficiency in a foreign language. One portion of the exam also includes questions about theory, research and policy in bilingual education. A passing score on the BEA is required for the bilingual extension. Students can take the BEA at anytime during the program or even before they enter.

No. Because most of the information is integrated into the required coursework for the master’s of science program in speech-language pathology, students only need to take one additional three-credit course to meet the requirements of bilingual/bicultural program.

You may begin accruing bilingual hours as soon as you start your clinical hours. If we have a bilingual client to pair you with in the on-campus clinic, we will. If not, we can assign you to a placement where you will get bilingual hours. A minimum of 50 bilingual hours is required for the bilingual extension; however, students often complete more than 50 bilingual hours, depending on their placement. These hours are part of the ASHA required minimum of 400 clinical hours and are not completed in addition to your required hours.

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