With New York City’s diverse student population, there is an ever-increasing need for high-quality educators who are well-equipped and trained to serve our bilingual students.
The Subsidized Bilingual Extension Program (SBEP) meets this need by allowing new and current teachers who are accepted into the program to immediately begin teaching bilingual classes under a New York State supplemental bilingual extension while completing coursework at a partnering university.
In addition to having the cost subsidized by the New York City Department of Education, participating teachers who complete the appropriate coursework while adhering to Subsidized Bilingual Extension Program requirements will earn the bilingual extension to their New York State teaching certificate and credits toward a salary differential.
Provided that participating principals and teachers both meet the requirements listed below throughout the duration of the program, all schools are eligible to participate whether or not the school has an approved bilingual education program.
In order to participate in the Subsidized Bilingual Extension Program, participating teachers must meet the following requirements:
Teach a schedule during the academic year that includes at least one bilingual (dual language or transitional) course
Have taken no more than 6 credits (2 courses) toward a bilingual extension program
NOT be currently enrolled in a Master's degree or advanced certificate program
Be recommended by their principals
Be accepted by a partnering university program, which includes passing a language proficiency exam
Agree to take the requisite coursework in sequence without interruption
Remain in good standing with their university program throughout the duration of their coursework
Remain in good standing with the New York City Department of Education throughout the duration of the program
Commit to teaching in a NYC Department of Education school, ideally in a bilingual setting, for two (2) additional years after completing the program and obtaining the bilingual extension from the NYS Education Department (NYSED).
- Possess an active initial or professional teaching certificate issued by the New York State Education Department.
- Some employees are NOT eligible:
- Teachers certified in ESL or in a Foreign Language are not eligible.
- Paraprofessionals, guidance counselors and speech pathologists are also not eligible for this opportunity but may be eligible for a bilingual extension reimbursement program.
Partnering University Programs
Since the 2012-2013 academic year, the NYC Department of Education has partnered with City College and Hunter College. We will continue these partnerships for the 2016-17 school year.
Hunter College (12 credits) - Program offers bilingual extension coursework for Spanish
City College (15 credits) - Program offers bilingual extension coursework for Spanish, Mandarin, and other languages.
More information can be found in the program brochure.
PLEASE NOTE: The application process for the Subsidized Bilingual Extension Program been updated: teachers must directly apply online, and submit principal recommendations as part of the application. The application is open as of July 2016.
**The previously stated deadline of Friday, August 12 is our priority deadline. The final deadline for applications has been extended to Friday, August 19.
**For candidates at schools opening or expanding bilingual services this fall, we will accept applications until Friday, September 9.
If you are a teacher interested in the Subsidized Bilingual Extension Program for the 2016-17 school year, your first step will be to talk to your principal about the program. This year’s application will include a principal recommendation form, and more information for your principal can be found on the Principals' Portal by searching for "Subsidized Bilingual Extension Program".
Please note that interested teachers must submit a brief online application with:
- Statement of intent
- Completed principal recommendation form
- Copies of unofficial transcripts
- Proof of Initial, Professional or Permanent teacher certification.
Applications with missing documents will not be reviewed. If accepted, candidates will need copies of their official transcripts to submit to our university partners; we highly recommend teachers order their official copies of their transcripts now as requests often take time to be processed.
Bilingual Hiring Support
Office of Teacher Recruitment and Quality
65 Court St., Room 320
Brooklyn, NY 11201