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 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.


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 Department of Education.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
  • Be accepted by a partnering university program, which includes passing a language proficiency exam
  • Have taken no more than 6 credits (2 courses) toward a bilingual extension program
  • 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

In the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 academic year, the NYC Department of Education partnered with City College and Hunter College. We tentatively expect to continue these partnerships for the 2014-2015 school year.

Getting Started

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2013-2014 school year. If you are a teacher interested in the Subsidized Bilingual Extension Program for the 2014-2015 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 will be available in the summer of 2014 and can be accessed by searching for 'Subsidized Bilingual Extension Program' on the Principals' Portal.

Contact Information

Bilingual Hiring Support
Office of Teacher Recruitment and Quality
65 Court St., Room 312
Brooklyn, NY 11201