Individual Pathway Bilingual Education Extension Certificate

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).

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 

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

  • You must take EDU 5130 (Meeting the Needs of Culturally Diverse Students in Inclusive Classrooms in Birth-Grade 2, Childhood 1-6 and Adolescence 7-12) or EDU 5250 (Teaching in the Native Language) first. 
  • You can take EDU 5130 or EDU 5250 interchangeably.
  • EDU 5252 (Linguistics) or EDU 5253 (Language Acquisition) can be taken be taken after EDU 5130 and EDU 5250. 
  • You can take EDU 5252 or EDU 5253 interchangeably.
  • You must take 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) last after the other courses have been completed.
  • You can take EDU 5255 and EDU 5256 interchangeably. 

Course Scheduling

Courses have switched  to online formats due to the current meeting restrictions. The courses will be offered in one of two online formats: Asynchronous online and Hybrid Online. Please see the descriptions of each below: 

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.

Hybrid Online Format

Courses given in the hybrid format will be taught using two online platforms: Zoom (which is a synchronous platform, meaning that it is taught "live"), as well as using Canvas (which is an asynchronous platform, meaning that you can go in at any time to access the course materials).  The course will consist of 15 hours of "live" in-class instruction using Zoom at specific days and times, 15 hours of online work using Canvas and additional assignments that will require teachers to use strategies and research concepts learned in class and online that would necessitate a minimum of an additional 15 hours to complete satisfactorily, for a total of 45 contact hours of instruction for each 3-credit course. The online portion of our courses is not taught in "real time", meaning students do not have to log in during the time of the classroom course. Therefore, you 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. The fall and spring hybrid classes are typically offered in an accelerated format for 3 Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. - 2:05 p.m. with a few sessions conducted online in-between the 3 classroom sessions. The fall schedule usually comes out in late April and the spring schedule usually comes out in November.  The summer schedule usually comes out in January with registration beginning in March. 

Schedule of Classes for Spring 2021 (online only)

Spring registration began on October 26th.

All class will be either fully online using Canvas or hybrid online using both Zoom and Canvas. Molloy's online registration system is called Lion's Den. The Lion's Den web page for Professional Development courses can be found at :

Please note: New students for the Spring- when completing the online application/registration form please select "2021 Spring Institute" as the term in the dropdown. 

Course # Title Faculty Schedule (Synchronous or Asynchronous)
EDU 5130.06  Needs Cultr Diver

Holtkamp, Erin 1/19 - 5/7/21
Synchronous, Thursdays, 5:25 pm - 7:35 pm
EDU 5252.02 Ling TESOL Bilng Cordiero, Kelley 3/3 - 4/14/21 Asynchronous
EDU 5252.03 Ling TESOL Bilng Kalamaras, Jimmy 1/19 - 3/2/21 Asynchronous
EDU 5252.05 Ling TESOL Bilng Ramirez, Anita 3/17 - 5/12/21 Asynchronous
EDU 5256.02 PK12 Bilng TESOL McDermott, Carrie 1/19 - 3/2/21 Asynchronous
EDU 5256.03 PK12 Bilng TESOL Hurst, Judy 3/3 - 4/14/21 Asynchronous
EDU 5256.04 PK12 Bilng TESOL Kalamares, Jimmy 3/11 - 4/24/21 Asynchronous


The courses will be offered at the discounted rate of $900 per course. The discounted program is limited to those teachers who have a master's degree, are not using the credits towards a Molloy degree and hold a valid New York State Teaching Certificate. 

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.

Virtual Information Session
Thursday, October 22nd at 4:30 pm
Please RSVP to Alina R. Haitz  to receive the Zoom link.


If you should have any questions, please contact Alina R. Haitz, Associate Director at: 516-323-3572 and leave a message or by email: prior to completing registration online.