Bilingual Education - Advanced Cert.

Department of Education

Office: E268 Thompson Hall

(716) 673-3701

Dr. Laura Geraci, Chairperson

Kate Mahoney, Program Coordinator


This eighteen (18) credit hour program leads to a recommendation for a Bilingual Extension to any NYS certification (except ESOL).

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
  • Evidence of New York State DASA Training* (if NYS teacher professional or permanent certification is dated prior to 2014)
  • Current New York State Certification (other than ESOL)
  • Completed Graduate Application submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies including:
    1. 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.
    2. 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”
    • oral and written proficiency in English and a target language of instruction.  This can be accomplished via one of the following:
      1.  Twelve (12) or more credits successfully completed in a language other than English
      2.  An equivalent experience such as study abroad or language intensive training, in a language other than English.  
      3.  Be a native speaker of a language other than English


    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 DASA information is 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

Core Courses:

EDU 518Second Language Acquisitionand 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.

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

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.

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