Apply to a SUNY New Paltz graduate programAdmission Requirements

  • One official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate course work; the baccalaureate transcript should be from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average in the major, and a 3.0 cumulative GPA overall. Candidates must have completed a baccalaureate degree with a concentration in one of the liberal arts or sciences.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • For international students, the minimum score of 90 on the internet-based TOEFL exam
  • Demonstration of experience and/or interest in working with culturally and linguistically diverse students.
  • Satisfactory completion of twelve semester hours of study in a language and culture other than English.  All courses must be conducted in the target language.

Curriculum Requirements - Bilingual Education Concentration

Core Courses (12 Credits)
EED581Foundations of Bilingual/Bicultural Education 3
SED573Teaching English as a New Language I 13
SED578Second Language Learning 3
EDI798Principles of Research3
Bilingual Education Concentration (15 Credits)
EED583Methods and Materials in Bilingual Education 13
EED585Teaching Reading and Language Arts in a Bilingual Setting 3
EED589Practicum in Bilingual Education 6
SPA567Approaches to Latin American Culture3
Additional Courses (9 Credits)
Select 9 credits to be determined by Program Director9
Total Credits36

Program Requirements

File a “plan of study” during the first semester after matriculation.

Any deficiencies in the candidate’s previous training shall be removed by early advisement with the Second Language Education program advisor.

Completion of prescribed course work and other requirements within five years after matriculation.

Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better with no more than two grades below B-.

Successful completion of practicum during final semester of study.

Additional State Certification Requirements

In addition to degree requirements, candidates must meet several New York State certification requirements which include:

  1. Attending a number of workshops, designed to assist teachers in
    1. preventing violence in the schools (S.A.V.E)
    2. recognizing symptoms of child abuse and neglect,
    3. providing a safe and supportive learning environment through the training for Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) and Health & Safety.
  2. Satisfying the New York State Certification Testing requirements, which include:
    1. Content Specialty Test (for initial certification)
    2. Language Proficiency Assessment
      • For E.S.O.L. – English Language Proficiency Assessment – Classroom Personnel (for provisional certification)
  3. Completing six semester hours on the undergraduate level in each of the following four content areas: English, mathematics, history, and science.