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Bilingual Education & TESOL Programs

FAQs

Do I have an advisor?

Do I have to apply for graduation?

How do the Programs in Bilingual Education & TESOL fit into the School of Education?

What are Major Codes?

What State certification exams do I have to take?

How do I apply for State certification?

Why do some courses have the prefix EDUC while others have EDCE, EDSE, or EDLS?

What are the dates for graduation? Is there a separate School of Education ceremony?

Do you have another frequently asked question?

For Graduate Students only:

I am a TESOL student. Can I also get a Bilingual Extension? 

I am Bilingual Education student. Can I also get a TESOL certificate?

What's the TESOL Practicum, and how does it work?

What is the research sequence?

What is the TESOL language requirement?

What is the minimal grade point average required in the School of Education?

What is the Qualifying Exam?

Students

Do you have a summary of all the graduate courses of study offered in the Bilingual Education and TESOL Program?

Can I become certified before I have finished my coursework in a City College Master's program?

I am a student at another CUNY campus, and I would like to take a course at CCNY.  Is that possible?

What are the liberal arts prerequisites, and how  can I meet them?

Can I transfer credits that I have completed at another university?

Do I have an advisor?

Your advisor can help you plan which courses to take, and can answer questions regarding course offerings and other graduation requirements. Students should see their advisor each semester.(Note: Academic advising is available during the fall and spring semesters.)

Do I have to apply for graduation?

You must apply for graduation several months prior to your expected date of graduation. You can apply online, by clicking here. Check with your advisor to make sure you have met all the requirements for graduation. If you discover that you will not be able to graduate as planned, you should rescind your application to graduate from the Registrar's office and must reapply for the next graduation (see dates below). In order to graduate, all stops on your record must be cleared, including bursar, library, financial aid, etc.

Please note the following application periods:

For February Graduation Apply between July 1 - November 1
For June Graduation Apply between November 1 - March 1
For September Graduation Apply between April 1- July 1

How do the Programs in Bilingual Education & TESOL fit into the School of Education?

Our programs are part of the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture (formerly the Department of Childhood Education) in the School of Education. The Department Office is in NA 6/207B. The Chair of our Department is Professor Nancy Stern, and the department secretary is Ms. Ofelia Henriquez. (See Contact Information for email addresses and phone numbers.)

The City College School of Education is divided into three different departments: Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture, Secondary Education, and Administration & Special Education. Our program, which includes courses of study in Bilingual Education (all grades), Bilingual Special Education, and TESOL (grades pre-K through Adults), is part of the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture.

What are Major Codes? 

Check your SIMS record to be sure that you have been fully matriculated, and that you are registered in the program you are indeed enrolled in. This is particularly important for candidates who may have changed programs since they enrolled. If you are not sure whether your program code is correct, check with your advisor.What State certification exams do I have to take?

What are the changes to State certification exams for candidates earning their first initial certificate after May 1, 2014?

The following are the requirement for New York State certification for candidates who will complete their program requirements prior to May 1, 2014:

  • Bilingual Childhood Education candidates must pass the LAST, ATS-W, the CST-Multi-subject, and the BEA (Bilingual Education Assessment).
  • Bilingual (General) Education (Stream B) candidates must pass the BEA (Bilingual Education Assessment), in addition to the required exams for their area of certification.
  • Bilingual Special Education candidates must pass the LAST, ATS-W, CST-Multi-subject, CST- Students with Disabilities, and the BEA (Bilingual Education Assessment).
  • Bilingual extension candidates must pass the BEA (Bilingual Education Assessment).
  • TESOL masters candidates must pass the LAST, ATS-W, and the CST-ESOL.
  • TESOL certificate candidates must pass the CST-ESOL.
Graduating in or before February 2014
Graduating IN or After May 2014
  • LAST
  • ATS-W
  • CST (older version)
  • ALST (Academic Literacy Test)
  • EAS (Educating All Students)
  • edTPA
  • CST (older* or newer version)

*older CST's will be grandfathered

FAQ's

Q:  Who has to take the edTPA?
A:  Only people applying for their first initial teaching certificate, after May 1, 2014.

Q:  If I already took the LAST or ATS-W but will not be graduating until May 2014, will those exams count toward certification?
A: Unfortunately no.

Q: What if I took the CST years ago and I am not graduating until after May 2014?  Does that CST still count?
A: Yes 

Q:  What if I am already certified in one subject area, and I am getting a second certification after April 30, 2014?  Do I need to retake all these exams, or just the new CST?
A:  Just the CST in the area of your new certification.

Q:  Is this information the same whether I am a graduate student or undergraduate?
A:  Yes.

Q:  What about the BEA, for the Bilingual Extension?
A:  The BEA is still required for the Bilingual Extension; if you have already passed the BEA, there is no need to retake it.

Q:  What about Teaching Fellows?
A:  Regulations are slightly different for Fellows graduating in Spring 2014.  See your department chair for more information.

For more information:  http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_annProgramUpdate.asp

How do I apply for State certification?

All application for New York State (NYS) certification should be submitted online via the Office of Teaching Initiatives TEACH website, www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert.  For assistance on how to use the TEACH system or general certification help, please see the CCNY Certification Homepage or contact the College's certification officer, Mr. Kurt Brown by email at educertification@ccny.cuny.edu or phone at 212-650-5590.  The certification office is located in NAC 3/220.

Why do some courses have the prefix EDUC while others have EDCE, EDSE, or EDLS?

In the past, all courses in the School of Education had the prefix EDUC. In Spring 2006, this was changed so that course numbers now reflect the name of the department that offers the course: EDCE is for courses offered by the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture - formerly known as Childhood Education (CE); EDSE is for Secondary Education; and EDLS is for Leadership and Special Education. Some courses taken by students in all departments still have the prefix EDUC. For more information, see "How does the Bilingual Education & TESOL Program fit into the School of Education?"

What are the dates for graduation? Is there a separate School of Education ceremony?

The College's official degree-granting dates are in May, September, and February. There is only one College-wide ceremony, which takes place on a Friday morning at the end of the spring semester (very late May or the beginning of June). Typically, there is also a School of Education ceremony a day or two before that, on a weekday evening. More information can be found at www.ccny.cuny.edu/commencement.

Do you have another frequently asked question? 

Please submit any further questions you might have via email at bilingual@ccny.cuny.edu

For Graduate Students only:

I am a TESOL student. Can I also get a Bilingual Extension?

TESOL candidates can only earn a bilingual extension if they hold  NYS certification in an area other than TESOL.  In order to be accepted, students must complete their TESOL course of study and formally apply to the Bilingual Extension (see application deadline dates above).  Students can use courses in the TESOL program to count toward the requirements for the Extension. TESOL candidates who wish to complete the Bilingual Extension can choose electives that will help fulfill the Extension requirements. 

I am a Bilingual Education student. Can I also get a TESOL certificate?

Bilingual Education candidates can earn a TESOL certificate.  In order to be accepted, students must complete their Bilingual Education course of study and formally apply to the TESOL Stream D program (see application deadline dates above).  Upon graduation, students can use courses in the Bilingual Education program to count toward the requirements for the TESOL Certificate. Bilingual Education master's degree candidates who wish to complete the TESOL Certificate can choose electives that will help fulfill the TESOL certificate requirements.

What's the TESOL Practicum, and how does it work?

TESOL candidates in Stream A and NYC Teaching Fellows must complete two practicum experiences in TESOL with two different age groups (K-6 and 7-12). TESOL certificate candidates must complete one practicum – either at the K-6 or 7-12 grade level. EDCE 6601C (Elementary) and EDCE 6602C (Secondary) provide these experiences. TESOL candidates in Stream B must complete one practicum experience, with either of these two age groups, or with adults (EDCE 6603C). Each of these courses requires that the candidate spend 5 days or 35 hours in the appropriate level classroom, as well as complete other requirements as specified by the instructor. (Some fellows may have completed both these requirements through their pre-service field experience. See your advisor for more information.) The practicum includes a weekly on-campus seminar, in which candidates share resources and reflect on their practicum experiences in order to improve their teaching practices.

What is the research sequence?

EDCE 2205I is a 2-credit course that comprises the first half of a two-semester research sequence. EDCE 2905I is the second half of this sequence, and should be taken in the semester immediately following the first course, with the same instructor. Enrollment in EDCE 2205I requires permission of an advisor or other faculty member, and is not open to first-semester students.  EDCE 2205I and 2905I should be taken in your last two semesters at City College. Neither course is offered during the summer. Once you have passed 2205I, you will be registered by the Program for the appropriate section of 2905I.

What is the TESOL language requirement?

New York State requires that all candidates for certification in TESOL complete 12 semester hours (or equivalent) study of language other than English. This requirement can be met through undergraduate or graduate coursework, study at language institutes, CLEP scores or other placement exams, and/or certain types of international experiences. If your college transcripts do not show 12 hours or more of such study, please see your advisor to determine how you can meet this requirement.

What is the minimal grade point average required in the School of Education?

A passing grade in any individual course is a C.However, students should maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (equivalent to a B). With a GPA less than 3.0, students are put on academic probation. Students who complete the program with a GPA less than 2.8 cannot graduate; those who have a GPA between 2.8 and 3.0 must pass the Qualifying Examination in order to graduate.

What is the Qualifying Exam?

Candidates who complete the course requirements for their program but have a GPA lower than 3.0 are required to pass the Qualifying Exam to graduate. The Exam is given near the end of each semester. You must register to take the exam in NAC 6/207B. The exam is a 3 hour on-site, closed book essay format, but you can receive a copy of the questions when you register.

Please note that students must have a minimum GPA of 2.8 to be eligible to take the Qualifying Exam.

Do you have a summary of all the graduate courses of study offered in the Bilingual Education and TESOL Program?

We offer Master's degrees in Bilingual Childhood Education, Bilingual (General) Education, TESOL, and Bilingual Special Education, along with non-degree certificate programs for the Bilingual Extension or a TESOL Certificate. Click here for more information.

Can I become certified before I have finished my coursework in a City College Master's program?

Matriculated candidates may apply for an Internship Certificate once half the required coursework has been completed all necessary certification exams have been passed and they have received an offer of employment from a NYC public school in their area of certification. More information is available here.

I am a student at another CUNY campus, and I would like to take a course at CCNY.  Is that possible?

If you are a matriculated student at another CUNY 4-year college, you may apply electronically, via an e-permit, to get permission to take a course at another CUNY 4-year college.  You can find a schedule of TESOL and Bilingual Education courses for the upcoming semester at CCNY on this site under Courses.  Once you identify a course you want to take,  contact your home college advisor for her/his approval, and then initiate an e-permit.

There is one matter that can complicate the situation. Students who register from other campuses register after our regular students do, and sometimes courses fill before that time.  Unfortunately, there is  no way to predict which classes will fill.  Nevertheless, the first step is to submit an e-permit.

What are the liberal arts prerequisites, and how  can I meet them?

Candidates for initial teaching certification may be required to take additional courses to meet New York State liberal arts prerequisite requirements for teaching certification (regardless of your undergraduate college's requirements).  Click here for more information.  ESL teachers must also complete 12 credits (or equivalent) study of a language other than English. (Please note that the program will only accept liberal arts prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of C.) Students with remaining requirements satisfy them through coursework at accredited institutions (graduate or undergraduate) or through passing scores on CLEP examinations.

Effective Fall 2010 students are longer allowed to use LAST or CST sub-scores to fulfill liberal arts prerequisites. (The following website has been brought to our attention regarding online math courses: http://omegamath.com.  We have not used the site, but provide it for your information.)

Can I transfer credits that I have completed at another university?  

Up to 6 credits may be transferred from a graduate program at another university, but only if certain conditions apply.  The course description must match a course (or elective) at CCNY, the course must have been completed within three years prior to your matriculation at CCNY, and the credits may not have been applied toward another degree.  In addition, only courses for which you have earned at grade of at least B- may be transferred.