Teacher Development

Subsidized Bilingual Extension Program


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.

Subsidized Bilingual Extension Program (SBEP) meets this need by allowing principals to nominate new and current teachers at their schools 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:

  • Possess an active initial or professional teaching certificate issued by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) 
    • Please note that teachers certified in ESL or in a Foreign Language are not eligible.
    • In addition, paraprofessionals are unfortunately not eligible for this opportunity.
  • 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 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 NYSED 

Partnering University Programs

Since the 2012-13 academic year, the NYC Department of Education has partnered with City College and Hunter College. These partnerships will continue for the 2015-16 school year.

Getting Started

The nomination and application process for the Subsidized Bilingual Extension Program has reopened as of June 2015, and will remain open until Friday, August 7.

If you are a teacher interested in the Subsidized Bilingual Extension Program for the 2015-16 school year, your first step will be to talk to your principal about the program. If your principal is interested in nominating you for the program, he or she must formally recommend you for the program by completing a teacher nomination form, which 
can be accessed by searching for 'Subsidized Bilingual Extension Program' on the Principals' Portal.

Once nominations are received and processed, eligible nominated teachers will be contacted with a link to the Subsidized Bilingual Extension Program application as well as additional details. They must submit the application and copies of unofficial transcripts for review. If accepted, candidates will need copies of their official transcripts to submit to our university partners.

Contact Information

Bilingual Hiring Support
Office of Teacher Recruitment and Quality
65 Court St., Room 320
Brooklyn, NY 11201