CR-ITI Grant Program

The Clinically Rich Intensive Teacher Institute (CR-ITI) Program is a 3-year, NYSED grant-supported program created to address the shortage of certified bilingual and English as a second language (ESL) teachers in New York State. Molloy College has collaborated with six Long Island school districts:

  • Brentwood
  • Freeport
  • Patchogue-Medford
  • Riverhead
  • South Huntington
  • Westbury

and the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to assist participants in meeting the requirements for ESOL certification and/or bilingual education extension. Full tuition assistance is provided for fifteen (15) credits of NYSED approved clinically-rich coursework to be completed within the designated time-frame at Molloy's Suffolk Center campus. While the CR-ITI program is open to all educators on Long Island, teachers from the six partnering districts will have priority placement in the program since the cohort size is limited.

During each of the three (3) years of the grant, there will be three cohorts of 20 teachers each. Cohort I will run from January 2015-July 2015; Cohort II will run from September 2015-June 2016 and Cohort III will run from September 2016-June 2017. Cohort I will only receive ESOL certification, whereas Cohorts II and III will receive dual certification in ESOL and bilingual education extension.

The information that follows is for Cohort II:

Cohort II: TESOL Certification

Click here for a Participant Application Form. Click here for a Peer Coach Application Form
*Cohort II is currently closed with 20 teachers.

Overview of Requirements
•      Five courses: EDU 513, 514, 541, 543, 544
•      CST in ESOL (NYSED)
•      Twelve (12) college credits in a language other than English
•      Superintendent's endorsement to be selected
•      CR-ITI graduates make a commitment to stay in the district for a minimum of two years
•      50 hours of job-embedded, peer supported field experience (Clinically Rich Internship)

Cohort I Timeline


Course Number


Course Information 

January 10, 31, February 28 (Instructor: Lisa Estrada)

EDU 513

Meeting the Needs of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students in Inclusive Classrooms

Hybrid Course Delivery (3 Saturdays, 15 hrs online

15 hrs field experience with Peer Coach

March 7, 21, April 25 (Instructor: Dr. Carrie McDermott )

EDU 514

Teaching English Language Learners

Hybrid Course Delivery (3 Saturdays, 15 hrs online

15 hrs field experience with Peer Coach

May 9,  June 6, 2015 (Instructor: Dr. Maureen Walsh)

EDU 541

Second Language Acquisition & TESOL: Theory and Practice

Hybrid Course Delivery (3 Saturdays, 15 hrs online

20 hrs field experience with Peer Coach

June 29- July 2 (Instructor: Dr. Maria Dove)

EDU 543

Interdisciplinary Teaching Methods & English Language Arts for PK-12 English Language Learners

Summer Institute; M-Th, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. each day

July 7-10 (Heather Fitzpatrick)

EDU 544

PK-12 TESOL Teaching Practices and Assessment in the Content Areas

Summer Institute; T-F, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. each day

Clinically Rich Field Experience or CR ITI Internship:
Total of 50 hours per program supported by the peer coach  

  • Collaborative planning
  • Collaborative development of instructional materials
  • Collaborative development of assessment tools
  • Collaborative assessment of student work (formative and summative assessments)
  • Curriculum mapping and alignment
  • Co-teaching
  • Inter-visitation: CR ITI participant to visit peer coach's class followed by debriefing
  • Inter-visitation: Peer coach to visit CR ITI participant's class followed by debriefing
  • Inter-visitation: CR ITI participant to visit other CR ITI participant(s) with peer coach followed by debriefing
  • Other: _____________________________________ (co-developed by CR ITI participant and peer coach) 

Technology Integration  Hybrid course delivery Benchmark Performances--Assessment and Accountability System Joint online PD for peer coaches and CR ITI participants: 2 sessions Twitter chats for ongoing support: A minimum of 3 sessions via #CRITIMolloy
Optional: Use of video technology Videotaping and collaboratively analyzing lessons

Other Important Notes

  • Peer coaches will have a 3-hour required training: January 22, 2015, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Molloy Suffolk Center
  • Peer coaches receive a Molloy College Graduate Voucher for 1 ½ credits per participant/year (50 hrs of support)
  • Even though the CR-ITI grant pays $300 per credit and the Molloy College graduate tuition rate is at $940 per credit, Molloy College will not charge accepted participants the difference when they enroll in the program and maintain a B average in the classes. All student fees ($360/semester) and subscription to the Chalk & WireTM e-Portfolio system ($55. year) will also be waived. The only out-of-pocket financial expense participants will incur is purchasing the required textbooks for each course.
  • Each partnering district has a CR ITI Liaison.
    If you have academic questions. contact CR ITI codirectors Dr. Maria Dove - - or Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld-