Intensive Teacher Institute Bilingual Extension (ITI: Bilingual Extension) Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS)

Total Credit Hours for Program Completion: 15

The NYS required twelve (12) credit hours of Language other than English (LOTE) are in addition to the 15 credit hours listed below for program completion.

Qualified candidates who complete this 5-course program are eligible to take the NYSTCE Bilingual Education Assessment (BEA) and apply for the NYS Bilingual Extension. Tuition funding is available for qualified candidates through ITI.

The NYS bilingual educator has the knowledge and skills necessary to teach effectively in English and the target language of instruction in New York State public schools. The bilingual teacher understands the foundations of bilingual education, including the processes or first-and second language acquisition and learning, models/methodologies of bilingual education, and the legal requirements and professional expectations related to bilingual education. The bilingual teacher understands that language reflects a body of shared values and assumptions that constitute a distinctive culture. Finally, the bilingual teacher is proficient in the target language and in English, using both languages to interpret a variety of spoken messages and written texts and to communicate effectively in speech and in writing.

Candidates interested in the Bilingual Extension-ITI Program must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Already possess oral and written language proficiency in English and the target language of instruction.
  • Have and provide evidence of a current, valid NYS certificate in an approved area. Certification in TESOL is not an approved area for the NYS Bilingual Extension.
  • Be currently teaching in your area of certification, and have your administrator commit to appointing you to a full time position as a bilingual education teacher upon program completion.
  • Meet both SUNY Fredonia Graduate Studies and ITI enrollment/admission criteria
  • Be willing to serve as a bilingual education teacher for 2 years in the nominating district/school upon program completion.

Requirements for Admission to the Program without Deficiencies

  • Current NYS Teaching Certificate
  • Currently Employed as a Teacher in NYS (Letter from current supervisor indicating commitment to full-time appointment in bilingual education.)
  • Completed Graduate Application submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies, including two current (within six months) letters of recommendation, and official academic transcripts from all prior undergraduate and graduate institutions (except SUNY Fredonia).
    • Language Proficiency Requirements

      • for Native Speakers of English:
      • A graduate-level 250-word essay in English on a topic of the writer's choice.
      • 12 post-secondary credit hours in a Language Other than English (LOTE), or an approved equivalency, in a single language.
      • A satisfactory intermediate-level 250-word essay in a language other than English (LOTE). Candidates may be accepted conditionally into the TESOL program without the LOTE essay. Matriculation into the TESOL program is contingent upon the satisfactory evaluation of this essay.
    • for non-Native Speakers of English:
      • A graduate-level 250-word essay in English on a topic of the writer's choice.
      • A graduate level 250-word essay in the candidate's native language.

Program Completion Requirements:

Required Courses

EDU 518Second Language Acquisition and Development


EDU 519Curriculum Theory for the Second Language Classroom - ESL I


EDU 540Content Area English as a Second Language


EDU 568Foundations of Bilingual Education


EDU 555Methods of Bilingual Education


Note: To obtain a bilingual education extension to a teaching certificate, candidates are required to achieve a passing score on the NYSTCE Bilingual Education Assessment (BEA) in the target language of instruction.