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Bilingual Special Education - Advanced Certificate

Of the 79 million language minority children in the United States, the U.S. Office of Special Education estimates that 948,000 children may speak different languages have disabilities — a substantial population who could benefit from bilingual special education training.

Why Choose Bilingual Special Education?

This program is designed for certified special education teachers seeking New York State Bilingual Education Certification, which is necessary to connect high-risk students with certified, compassionate teachers. Plus, classrooms are changing. Educators need to be sensitive to the needs and potential of each English Language Learner (ELL) with learning disabilities, emotionally disturbed/behavioral disorders, and autism, as well as physical disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and multiple disabilities.

In this 15-credit program, you will explore the cultural, linguistic, psychological and sociological diversities that ELL students bring with them to the classroom. You will gain the skills, attitudes and understandings necessary to teach non-native English speakers so they can succeed in the classroom and beyond.

Developed specifically for working professionals, all courses are offered in the afternoon and evenings, usually between 4:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

What Will You Learn?

You will learn how to plan and deliver appropriate and effective standards-based instruction for non-native English language learners, including how to modify and differentiate lessons for special education and at-risk students. You will learn how to:

  • be sensitive to the diversities that ELL students bring with them to the classroom
  • historical, political and legal foundations of bilingual education
  • employ strategies to engage ELL students in the classroom
  • assess communication and behavior patterns of linguistically and culturally diverse students

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Admissions Requirements

Review the requirements and application process for this graduate program.

What Will You Do?

Upon completion of the program and passing the New York State Teacher Certification Exams (NYSTCE), you will be recommended for New York State Bilingual Certification. Advanced training and qualifications will help you stand out among prospective employers.