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 meets this need by allowing principals to nominate new and current teachers at their schools to immediately begin teaching bilingual classes under a supplemental bilingual extension certificate 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 teaching certificate and credits toward a salary differential.
Providing that participating principals and teachers both meet the requirements listed below throughout the duration of the program, all schools are eligible to participate, regardless of grade level, subject area(s), or 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 certificate issued by the New York State Department of Education
- Teach a schedule in the 2012-2013 school year that includes at least one bilingual course
- 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
Partnering University Programs
For the 2012-2013 school year, the NYC Department of Education has partnered with two colleges to offer the Subsidized Bilingual Extension Program. Please see below for more information on individual programs as coursework varies slightly between the two institutions:
East 68th St., New York, NY
- Languages: Spanish
- Credits: 12
- Duration: Fall 2012 - Summer 2013
- Other: Participating teachers will complete coursework alongside other NYC Department of Education teachers working to earn the Bilingual Extension
West 137th St., New York, NY
- Languages: Cantonese, Mandarin, Bengali, French*
- Credits: 18
- Duration: Fall 2012 - Fall 2013
- Other: Rather than joining a cohort of other NYC Department of Education teachers working to earn the Bilingual Extension, participating teachers enroll and complete coursework independently
*Other languages may be considered
The nomination period for the 2012-2013 school year has passed. If you are a teacher interested in the Subsidized Bilingual Extension Program for the 2013-2014 school year, your first step should 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 will be available on the Principals’ Portal closer to the 2013-2014 nomination period.
Contact InformationBilingual Hiring Support
Office of Teacher Recruitment and Quality
65 Court St., Room 312
Brooklyn, NY 11201