There is a substantial and documented need for bilingual educators. All teachers in today’s classrooms need to be familiar with bilingual and second language teaching methodologies and multicultural education teaching strategies to work with culturally and linguistically diverse learners in their own classrooms.
The Advanced Certificate in Bilingual Education Extension is an online program designed to prepare candidates to become knowledgeable and prepared to teach general and subject-specific content in another language at all grade levels. Pace University’s Advanced Certificate in Bilingual Education program, offered on both our New York City and Westchester campuses, leads to the Professional Bilingual Education Extension certificate. The Bilingual Extension allows holders to teach in bilingual settings and have their bilingual instruction count for English Language Learners (ELL) services.
The criteria for admission to this online program are:
A bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution, undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above, and an Initial or permanent/Professional teaching certificate as a classroom teacher.
Candidates must already possess oral and written language proficiency in both English and the native language of instruction (refer to the language proficiency requirements for all candidates and non-native speakers of English, below).
Language Proficiency Requirements for All Candidates:
Competency in a language other than English (LOTE) is required, as demonstrated by fulfilling one of the following four options:
Taking and obtaining a passing score of Advanced-Low or above on ACTFL Language Test (O.P.I);
Having completed undergraduate studies in the target language; or
Completion of a minimum of 6 college-level credit hours or equivalent (e.g., CLEP) in LOTE, in a single language.
Students who earned a bachelor's degree in a country where English is not the official language and for whom English is not their first language must submit scores from the TOEFL, or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) that are no more than two years old. The following scores are the recommended minimum for English Language Proficiency for admission to the School of Education: