The Advanced Certificate in Bilingual/Bicultural Education is a non-degree program that is offered through a part-time course of study and may be completed in 13 months. The program is offered in in-person and online formats, and students may begin the program at any point in the year. Please review TC’s Academic Calendar for semester dates.
Online Program Structure
The online format enables students to participate in an interactive experience from their home base without having to travel to our campus in New York City. The 15-credit program includes five courses, including 50 hours of practicum in a bilingual setting. (Students who are full-time teachers may apply 50 hours of fieldwork in their classrooms to fulfill the practicum requirement.) Students will enroll in one course per term for five consecutive terms and may begin in any term.
The program will be delivered entirely online through the College’s learning management system, Canvas. Students are not expected to have expertise in an online learning environment prior to enrollment. A student orientation will help students become familiar with the technology.
For AY2019-2020, the five online required courses are:
- Summer A (Mid-May through the end of June) 2019: A&HB 4021 - Foundations of Bilingual/Bicultural Education (3 credits)
- Summer B (Early-July to Early August) 2019: A&HB 4075 - Cross-Cultural Communication & Classroom Ecology (3 credits)
- Fall (September-December) 2019: A&HB 4028 - Teaching Literacy in Bilingual Settings (3 credits)
- Spring (January-May) 2020: A&HB 4323 - Practicum in Bil/Bic Settings (3 credits)
- Summer A (Mid-May through the end of June) 2020: A&HB 4121 - Bil/Bic Curriculum Design Elementary/Middle School (3 credits)
In-Person Program Structure
Students enrolled in the in-person program take courses at the Teachers College, Columbia University campus in New York City. The 15/16-credit program includes four required courses and one required elective course as well as 50 hours of practicum in a bilingual setting. (Students who are full-time teachers may apply 50 hours of fieldwork in their classrooms to fulfill the practicum requirement.)