Bilingual Extension Institute Online SLP CERT Extension

Advanced Certificate at the Bilingual Extension Institute (Online Program)

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.

The Online Institute allows students to take advantage of a flexible, asynchronous format, with opportunities for live access to master teachers and practitioners.

The online Advanced Certificate in Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology is registered with the New York State Education Department leading to the Bilingual Extension certificate in New York State for students who hold a valid base certificate in New York. Teachers College has made a reasonable effort to determine if the program meets the educational requirements for certification/licensure in other states, however, we have not made an official determination for other states at this time. Please note that many states do not have an equivalent certification to the New York extension certificate. If you plan to work in any other state and are considering enrolling in the online Bilingual Extension Institute, please review the additional material provided on that state’s department of education website. Contact information for each state licensing agency is listed here

You may contact the Program Director, Catherine Crowley, at for more information about certification requirements. She would be pleased to assist you in understanding the requirements for your state.

Teachers College makes every effort to provide current and accurate licensure/certification information. However, licensure/certification regulations change frequently, so it is highly recommended that you contact the licensing agency for the state in which you plan to work for the most up-to-date information.

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Admissions Information

Advanced Certificate

  • Points/Credits: 6
  • Entry Terms: Summer Only


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  • Bilingual SLP Extension

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: N/A
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): Rolling
  • Summer/Fall (Final): Rolling

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Application Supplement (included in online application)
  • Applicants should have TSSLD or TSHH Certification or be in a program leading toward these certifications
  • Applicants who already hold NYSED Bilingual Extension Certificate cannot be recommended for certification again, but are eligible for the Advanced Certificate

Tuition Information

For 2021, the total tuition for the Bilingual Extension Institute is $6,650 (plus non-refundable deposit of $300.00), plus a course fee of $30 per semester.


Requirements from the TC Catalog

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Online Curriculum Outline

Weeks 1-12, 3-credit course. Foundations and Preschool assessment and treatment

Unit 1 (weeks 1-4): Bilingual language development: Second language acquisition, social vs academic language, sociolinguistics (code-switching, dialect, etc.)

Unit 2 (weeks 5-9): Preschool bilingual speech-language assessment

Unit 3 (weeks 10-12): Preschool bilingual intervention

Weeks 13-24, 3-credit course. Bilingual motor speech disorders, cognitive disorders including TBI, school age assessment, school age intervention

Unit 1 (weeks 13-14): Bilingual motor speech disorders assessment and treatment (weeks 15-16) Bilingual cognitive disorders and TBI

Unit 2 (weeks 17-20): School-age bilingual speech-language assessment (disorder vs difference, typical vs disordered language)

Unit 3 (weeks 21-24): School-age bilingual speech-language intervention (early bilingual literacy development, intervention for low incidence populations, functional IEP goals)

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