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Teaching Bilingual Exceptional Individuals, Graduate Certificate Program

The teaching bilingual exceptional individuals certification extension leads to eligibility for New York State certification extension in bilingual special education. Courses are designed for students with undergraduate majors in education or special education and who are currently enrolled in a master’s program in education.


Because of the variety of options available in the department, it is imperative that majors and premajors seek advisement as early as possible. Students should contact their assigned academic advisers. Programs of study are designed by the student with his or her adviser according to the student’s goals and background.

Practicum assignments link theoretical coursework with the applied demands of a wide variety of internship settings. Practicum sites are available to meet the needs and interests of nearly all students and are selected by the program coordinator.

Teaching Bilingual Exceptional Individuals (6326)
State certification bilingual extension allows graduates to work with individuals with mild disabilities, from early childhood to adult, in both monolingual and bilingual (Spanish-English) settings.

All courses must be planned with an academic adviser and approved by the department chair.

1. Current enrollment in one of the special education graduate programs (i.e., early childhood, childhood, or adolescence)



2. Current enrollment in the speech-language pathology master’s program


3. A master’s degree in education and students with disabilities certification.

In addition, all applicants should review the "Admission to a Graduate Program" section in the graduate catalog and visit the Supplemental Application Forms section of the Graduate School Web site.

Admission Requirements for Special Education Master’s Degree Programs

1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (4.0 scale). Admission is competitive; not all qualified applicants are admitted.

2. Certification in early childhood special education, childhood special education, or adolescence special education. Applicants with certification in early childhood education, childhood education, or adolescence education must meet additional special education certification requirements once enrolled.

3. Employment or other experience relevant to the graduate course of study.

4. A written statement describing the applicant’s philosophy of education and relevant experiences in the field. This statement must adhere to standard written English.

5. Faculty review.

6. Completion of a special application (available from the department or download from

7. The ability to speak English and Spanish, and an oral interview (for teaching bilingual exceptional individuals program applicants only).

Required Courses (18 credits)
BXE 623 Policies and Practices of Bilingual Education and Bilingual Special Education
BXE 625 Curriculum I: Strategies for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Students
BXE 626 Assessment Techniques in Bilingual Special Education
BXE 627 Curiculum II: Applied Strategies in Bilingual Education
BXE 628 Bilingual Special Education Field Practicum

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