Bilingual Education Extension Individual Pathway

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The coursework for the Bilingual Extension Certificate will offer all participants a course of study that effectively prepares them to meet the New York State teacher certification requirements and the New York City licensing requirements. The program prepares teachers to serve the special needs of bilingual learners in multicultural and multilingual schools by assisting them in developing language and disciplinary literacy skills in two languages that enable them to become college- and career-ready. To achieve this purpose, Molloy College offers intensive course work in language acquisition, bilingual education theory and methodologies, language arts and content area instruction and assessment for bilingual learners, grammatical and linguistic issues, cultural diversity, research methodologies, and practical teaching experiences in inclusive classrooms (including high needs schools in low socio-economic environments). Prerequisite for this program Candidates must have a valid base teaching certificate, e.g. Initial Childhood or Adolescent Education certification in a content area (other than TESOL or a modern language), a Master's degree and a passing grade on BEA (Bilingual Education Assessment). Please note that NYS is currently changing the BEA so they do not have any test dates currently available until January 2024. However, we are allowing you to take the BEA before taking courses, but just know that without passing the BEA you will not be able to become certified, so you would be taking a risk by taking courses before you passed the BEA. Information on the BEA exam can be found at:

This is what is known as an individual pathway to certification from NY State. NY State allows teachers to receive this certification through this pathway by just taking the requirements that they need. NY State will accept previous courses that you may have taken (both on the graduate and undergraduate level) towards the certification. We recommend that to have a definitive answer as to how many courses you may need you must actually apply for certification by going to the following webpage: NYS Office of Teaching Initiatives  and access the TEACH Online System. Do this as soon as possible - even before you enroll in any courses! Please click here for detailed directions on applying for certification through the NYS TEACH online system.

  Individual Pathway to Bilingual Extension Certificate Courses (18 credits):

  • EDU 5130 Meeting the Needs of Culturally Diverse Students in Inclusive Classrooms in Birth-Grade 2, Childhood 1-6 and Adolescence 7-12  
  • EDU 5250 Teaching Literacy in the Native Language: Strengthening the Connection Between Languages  
  • EDU 5252 Introduction to Linguistics for TESOL And Bilingual Education Professionals   
  • EDU 5253 Second Language Acquisition, TESOL, And Bilingual Education: Theory and Practice           
  • EDU 5255 Interdisciplinary Teaching Methods and English Language Arts For PK-12 Bilingual English Language Learners  
  • EDU 5256 PK-12 TESOL and Bilingual Teaching Practices and Assessment In The Content Areas 

Click here for a chart of the NYS requirements and which Molloy courses meet the requirements.

Please note: All of the courses are part of our graduate education master's degree program and the only difference in the coursework is that there are no requirements for field study or student teaching. NYS does not require teachers who are NYS certified to complete student teaching again when they are applying for additional certification.  The program is only open to teachers who are already NYS certified and have a master's degree. 

Course Sequence

Course 1: EDU 5130 (Meeting the Needs of Culturally Diverse Students in Inclusive Classrooms in Birth-Grade 2, Childhood 1-6 and Adolescence 7-12). 

Courses 2 and 3: EDU 5252 (Linguistics) and EDU 5253 (Language Acquisition). The order you take these courses does not matter as long as you complete the pre-requisite EDU 5130.

Course 4: EDU 5250 (Teaching in the Native Language). Pre-requisites EDU 5130, EDU 5252, and EDU 5253.

Courses 5 and 6: EDU 5255 (Methods of Teaching ELA to Bilingual and Speakers of Other Languages) and EDU 5256 (Methods of Teaching English to Bilingual and Speakers of Other Languages). The order you take these courses does not matter as long as you complete the pre-requisite EDU 5130, EDU 5252, EDU 5253, and EDU 5250.

Course Scheduling

Asynchronous Online Format
The online course run for about 5-6 weeks and are not taught in "real time", meaning students do not have to attend at a given time. You can log on at any time to take the course. However, there will be assignments that will be due at specific times.  Summer courses are only given in the fully online format. Fall and spring classes are given in both formats.

2023 Fall Schedule of Classes
Registration for the fall semester will begin the first week of August.

Molloy's online admission/registration system is called Lion's Den. The Lion's Den web page for Professional Studies courses can be found at:

Please note: new students for the Fall - when completing the online application/registration form please select "2023 Fall Institute" as the term in the drop down.

9/6 – 10/24/23

EDU 5130 05, asynchronous online, Honigsfeld
EDU 5252 03, asynchronous online, Cordeiro
EDU 5256 02, asynchronous online, Kalamaras

10/25 – 12/19/23
EDU 5250 01, asynchronous online, Flowers
EDU 5252 05, asynchronous online, Honigsfeld
EDU 5255 03, asynchronous online, Dove
EDU 5256 03, asynchronous online, Hurst

The tuition is discounted to $945 per course. There are no application or course fees. This is a discounted tuition rate. Tuition is normally about $4,000 per 3-credit graduate course. The tuition is off-set by a professional development scholarship that is given to those teachers who already possess a master's degree and are not pursuing a master's degree with Molloy University. There are no other discounts given. Students and teachers who are pursuing a master's degree at Molloy University are not eligible to enroll in this program at the discounted rate.

Application and Registration
The program does not have traditional application deadline dates because courses are offered throughout the year and they do not follow a semester schedule. There are no defined overall start and end dates for the program. Therefore, you can start the program at any time. The registration process is rather simple because you are not applying for a Molloy degree. There is an online application that you need to complete, but that is for information purposes only. Everyone is accepted as long as you are a NY certified teacher. There is no application fee and GREs are not required. If you are enrolling in the program for the first time, it will take a few days to process your application/registration form online.  Once you register for the first time you will be sent an email within one to two business days with your username to login your student account to access the system for future registrations and to access Canvas, our online learning platform.   You should register at least a week before the course start date at the latest.  Please note: our courses do close, so please register early.  Click here for Application and Registration Instructions.

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