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Bilingual Extension Institute

Welcome to the Bilingual Extension Institute!

Over the last two decades, more than 600 bilingual speech-language pathologists have successfully completed the Teachers College Bilingual Extension Institute, directed by Professor Catherine Crowley. Taught by an eight-person faculty and seven master clinicians, the Institute’s Advanced Certificate in Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology is designed to provide students with the knowledge and clinical skills needed to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services for children and adolescents.

  • Requirements: Discipline-specific and open only to bilingual speech and language providers. 
  • Academic Credit: Offered as a credit-bearing, non-degree program. Students receive six graduate-level credits from Teachers College, Columbia University through two courses focused on assessment and treatment for pre-school and school-age children.
  • CertificateBoth the online and in-person Bilingual Extension Institute offer NYSED Bilingual Extension certificate to the NYSED Teacher of Speech and Language Disabilities (TSLD) certificate and an advanced certificate in bilingual speech-language pathology. 

The Bilingual SLP Extension Institute is still accepting applications for both the online cohort (Summer) and on campus cohort (Summer).

*In response to the unprecedented events related to COVID-19, while the on-campus bilingual SLP extension institute is still being offered, it will initially—and temporarily—occur live via zoom during the weekends as scheduled but in a virtual format. Consistent with the determination of Teachers College Columbia as to when it is appropriate to have on campus courses, the in-person institute will resume in the live weekend on campus format.

The Bilingual Extension Institute 2021

The Advanced Certificate provides six graduate-level credits from Teachers College, Columbia University. The program is divided into two parts, each consisting of two three-credit courses.

For holders of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) Teachers of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) or Teacher of Speech and Hearing Handicapped (TSHH) certificates, the Bilingual Extension Institute fulfills all requirements of the NYSED, except for the NYSED BEA, the language proficiency test.

Students who complete the Institute meet the requirements for the Teachers College Columbia University Advanced Certificate in Bilingual SLP. Those students who want the NYSED bilingual extension certificate must also hold the “base certificate” (the TSSLD or TSHH), pass the NYSED Bilingual Education Assessment and apply through the TC Office of Teacher Certification. 

The Online Institute allows students to take advantage of a flexible, asynchronous format, with opportunities for live access for bilingual SLPs.  The first three-credit course of the online Institute runs from May 10th until August 2nd and the second three-credit course begins on September 1st and finishes on November 23rd.

The On-Campus Institute meets at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City one weekend a month in May, June, September, October, November, and December.*

The 2021 dates for the on-campus Institute are:

  • May 14, 15, 16
  • June 11, 12, 13
  • Sept. 10, 11, 12
  • Oct. 15, 16, 17
  • Nov. 12, 13, 14
  • Dec. 3, 4, 5

The on-campus Institute meets on Fridays 6-8:30, Saturdays 9-4 and Sundays 9:30-3.

*In response to the unprecedented events related to COVID-19, while the on-campus bilingual SLP extension institute is still being offered, it will initially—and temporarily—occur synchronically during the weekends as scheduled but in a virtual format. Consistent with the determination of Teachers College Columbia as to when it is appropriate to have on campus courses, the in-person institute will resume in the live weekend on campus format.

For more information, contact bilingualslp@tc.edu.

How to Apply

Contact Us

Director: Professor Catherine Crowley

Email: bilingualslp@tc.edu