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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.
Students may complete the Advanced Certificate online or on-campus at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City.
Discipline-specific bilingual extension certificate program
This Institute is discipline-specific for bilingual speech-language pathologists working in the field who have a master’s degree program in speech-language pathology, or who have a master’s in another area and are working under their Teachers of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSLD) or Teacher of Speech and Hearing Handicapped (TSHH) certificates.
Bridging the gap between research and application
Speech-language pathologists evaluate bilingual and culturally diverse children who are having linguistic and/or academic difficulties. As a result, speech-language pathologists are making the crucial diagnosis between a disorder and something else. In the Institute, students acquire the skills to analyze the particular needs of bilingual children with disabilities to meet their full potential academically.
Gain the knowledge and skills to provide quality services
Students will collaborate and engage with Dr. Crowley and her team of experts in bilingual speech-language pathology, and also receive access to a robust library of media resources that enhance their learning experience.
Visit the Bilingual Extension Institute website to learn more about the Advanced Certificate in Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology.
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) TSLD or TSHH certificates, the Bilingual Extension Institute fulfills all requirements of the NYSED, except for the NYSED BEA, the language proficiency test.
The Online Institute allows students to take advantage of a flexible, asynchronous format, with opportunities for live access to master teachers and practitioners. The first three-credit course begins in May and finishes in July. The second three-credit course begins in September and finishes in November.
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.
For 2018, the total tuition for both the online and on-campus programs is $6,650 (plus a non-refundable deposit of $350).
Funding opportunities are available through the NYSED Intensive Teacher Institute and from the NYSED and New York City Department of Education Teachers of Tomorrow funding.
“I feel my confidence in working with multilingual students during service delivery, as well as advocating for students during the IEP/evaluation process, has increased significantly. I now feel I have the resources and research to reinforce the ideas and approaches that I am using. Before the Institute, I had a solid basis of information and experience, but now I have the confidence and resources to back my ideas up when working with families and colleagues.”
–Joanna Pfister, M.A., CCC-SLP
Bilingual (Spanish/English) Speech-Language Pathologist in Framingham, Massachusetts
Online Institute, 2017
“I am putting into practice everything I have learned regarding ethnographic interviews and dynamic assessment, in order to paint a true picture of a child. The program is well organized, interconnected, and interactive. From the first to the last day, I felt supported by professors and my mentor, who answered all my questions and provided feedback on my assignments.”
–Bellkis Fuentes, M.A., CCC-SLP, TSSLD BE
Speech-Language Pathologist in Queens, New York
Online Institute, 2017
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There are distinct applications for the Online and On-Campus Advanced Certificate in Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology. For instructions, visit www.tc.columbia.edu/bilingual-institute/how-to-apply/.
Applicants for the Advanced Certificate must hold or be enrolled in a program leading toward the Teachers of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSLD) or Teacher of Speech and Hearing Handicapped (TSHH) certification. Applicants without the TSLD or TSHH must demonstrate strong work experience and education in bilingual speech-language pathology.