Master of Arts - Dual Certification (Stream A or B)

This Master of Arts degree features dual certification leading to Initial Certification in Childhood Education (1-6) and the Bilingual Extension Certification.

If you do not have teacher certification, were not an education major as an undergraduate, and have never taught elementary school students, Stream A, 40 Points (minimum) is for you. If you do not have teacher certification, but have at least one year of experience as a lead elementary school classroom teacher, Stream B, 33 Points (minimum) is for you.

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Admissions Information

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Master of Arts

  • Points/Credits: 33/40 (depending on track)
  • Entry Terms: Fall Only


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  • NY State Initial: Childhood Education 1-6
  • Bilingual Education Extension
  • Optional Middle School Certification 7-9

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: N/A
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): January 15
  • Summer/Fall (Final): April 1

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

Additional Notes

Major Codes - Be sure to put the correct one on your application. 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.

The major code for the Master of Arts - Dual Certification (Stream A or B) is MA-BILC-DU

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 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 Resources on the BBE website.

Requirements from the TC Catalog (AY 2023-2024)

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All courses of study require three core foundational courses and a bilingual inquiry course. M.A. programs require an integrative project. The teaching strands with Bilingual/Bicultural Studies and the courses of study leading to NY State initial teacher certification require a practicum or student teaching experience. Students are strongly urged to consult with an academic advisor on all degree requirements.

Foundation and Inquiry Courses:

  • A&HB 4021 Foundations of Bilingual/Bicultural Education (3)

  • A&HB 4024 Linguistic Foundations of Bilingual/Bicultural Education (3)

  • A&HB 4075 Cross-cultural Communication and Classroom Ecology (3)

  • A&HB 4150 Teacher/Educational Inquiry: Bilingual/Bicultural Education (1-3)

Each student will choose courses with advisor assistance. The following shows a sample of recommended courses for potential concentrations.

The Master of Arts - Dual program leading to Initial Teacher Certification in Childhood Education and the Bilingual Extension Certification has two options:

Strand A (for students with less than 1 year of full-time teaching experience as a head teacher) requires one full year of student teaching with the accompanying courses (a total of 17 additional credits), for a minimum of 40 credits for the degree.

Strand B (for students with at least 1 year of full-time teaching experience as a head teacher) requires a half-year of student teaching (7 credits) for a minimum of 33 credits for the degree.

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