Bilingual Education Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS)

This eighteen (18) credit hour program leads to a recommendation for a Bilingual Extension to any NYS certification (except ESOL). The NYS requirement for twelve (12) credit hours of Language Other Than English (LOTE) is in addition to the 18 credit hours listed below for the CAS-BLE completion.

Requirements for Admission to the Program with Matriculated Acceptance

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree in an area of arts, science, or education

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above
  • GRE* with minimum score of 272 for combined Verbal and Quantitative sections and submission of a GRE Analytic Writing section score
  • Evidence of New York State DASA Training*
  • Current New York State Certification (other than ESOL)
  • Completed Graduate Application submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies including:
(a) three (3) names with current contact information of professional associates
     who will speak on the candidate’s behalf. These names are in lieu of
     submitting written recommendation letters. The TESOL Program
     Coordinator has the option of contacting these professional people for
     a reference.

(b) official academic transcripts from all prior undergraduate and graduate
     institutions (except Fredonia)

  • Language Proficiency Requirements:
For Native Speakers of English:
  • a graduate-level 800-1,200 word essay in English which addresses the topic: “Describe your reasons for pursuing a graduate program in Bilingual Education and support your rationale with specific information pertinent to your desired degree”
  • twelve (12) post-secondary credit hours in a Language Other Than English (LOTE*), or an approved equivalency, in a single language. Candidates may be accepted conditionally into the Bilingual Education Program without the LOTE credits fulfilled, but Matriculation from the program is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the requirement
For Non-Native Speakers of English:
  • a graduate-level 800-1,200 word essay in English which addresses the topic: “Describe your reason for pursuing a graduate program in Bilingual Education and support your rationale with specific information pertinent to your desired degree”
  • further stipulations as listed below under “Additional requirements for non-native speakers of English to the Bilingual Education Program

* Conditional acceptance may be granted if the LOTE, LOTE, and/or DASA information are pending.

Additional Requirements for Non-Native Speakers of English to the Bilingual Education Program

  • The program requires that non-native speakers of English show evidence of English proficiency by providing scores which are different from those required of the Graduate Studies. Proof of proficiency may be shown by achieving the following test scores:
  • TOEFL: 550 (paper), 213 (computer), or 79 (internet)
  • IELTS (with no subsection below 6.0): 6.5

Fredonia’s code for reporting the TOEFL and IELTS scores electronically is 2539. International students who have been awarded a prior degree from the U.S., U.K./Ireland, Australia, Anglophone Canada, New Zealand, Anglophone Africa, Singapore, and the Commonwealth Caribbean prior to applying to Fredonia are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

  • International applicants must provide official copies of all previous degrees/diplomas and transcripts issued in the original language with a literal English translation of each. Proof of an official certification of the award of any and all degrees must be provided. Include documentation describing in which language the courses were taught. The latter can be included in a separate document as a chart or statement.
  • International applicants must also have transcripts translated and evaluated by WES ( or a similar agency against the American 4.0 standard.

Additionally, all International applicants must meet the requirements outlined by the Graduate Studies website.

Program Completion Requirements

Required Courses

EDU 518Second Language Acquisition and Development


EDU 540Content Area English as a Second Language


EDU 541Practicum in TESOL II


EDU 555Methods of Bilingual Education


EDU 567Practicum in TESOL III


EDU 568Foundations of Bilingual Education


EDU 569Assessment and Evaluation of English Language Learners (ELLs)


EDU 674Bilingual Education (BE) Practicum & Supervision- 20 Day


Total Credit Hours:18

* As of December 31, 2013, candidates in all education programs are required to complete
   training under the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA). The training required under the
   Dignity for All Student Act (DASA) will be included in EDU 303 at Fredonia. Graduate
   candidates who may have completed EDU 303 on campus prior to Spring 2014 must
   complete the EDU DASA workshop prior to full admission.

Gainful Employment

All non-degree certificate programs at The State University of New York at Fredonia are subject to Gainful Employment (GE) rules. As part of the GE program regulations, institutions must disclose specific employment data about each of their GE programs to prospective students.

This information is intended to help students make informed choices about enrolling in a GE Program. Below is a link for the disclosure of your specific GE program: