This Master of Arts degree leads to the Bilingual Extension certification. If you already have teacher certification, but want to get the Bilingual Extension certification and an M.A. degree, this degree is for you.
Displaying requirements for the Spring 2024, Summer 2024, and Fall 2024 terms.
Major Codes - Be sure to put the correct one on your application.
The major code for Master of Arts - Bilingual Extension Certification is MA-BILG-EX.
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.
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.
Displaying catalog information for the Fall 2023, Spring 2024 and Summer 2024 terms.
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 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 Master of Arts - Bilingual Extension leads to the Bilingual Extension Certification, requires a half-year of student teaching or a practicum (depending on whether the student has his/her own classroom), for a minimum of 33 credits for the degree.