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Bilingual Education Extension, Advanced Certificate

Education Specialties


The department offers a 15-graduate credit course sequence leading to bilingual education extension. Coursework will provide students with the theory, multicultural perspectives, and practical background to work in bilingual and/or dual-language classroom settings. The five course sequence will allow the initially certified teacher to obtain the knowledge and skills of: (1) the theories of bilingual education and bilingualism; (2) the multicultural viewpoints of education; (3) the social, psychological and psycho-linguistic aspects of bilingualism; (4) the methods of teaching English language arts an first language arts to bilingual English language learners; and (5) methods of teaching content area instruction to bilingual English language learners.

Please note that the full degree cannot be taken at the Long Island Graduate Center and at least one course must be taken at our Queens campus.

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Please view the School of Education Graduate Admission Application Requirements for detailed admission information. 


  • EDU 9001: Foundations of Bilingual and Second Language Education
  • EDU 9002: Psychology and Sociology of Language and Bilingualism
  • EDU 9005: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: Theory and Practice
  • EDU 9009: Teaching Strategies in the ESL and Bilingual Classroom: Science, Mathematics, and Social Studies
  • EDU 9012: Methods of Language and Academic Assessment for English Language and Exceptional Learners


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Online Learning

Earn Your Degree Online
Pursue your St. John’s degree entirely on your computer. Our fully accredited Online Learning programs allow you to take courses electronically. Log in at your convenience to enter our virtual classrooms, learn from our accomplished faculty, and engage with classmates.

Our online courses offer the same high academic quality that students experience on campus. Professors deliver lectures and post assignments via Blackboard, our electronic course management system. Students use it to attend virtual classes, share documents, take exams, and exchange ideas with faculty and classmates.

A Fully Academic Experience
You also enjoy the outstanding services available to all St. John’s students, for example:

  • Eligibility for scholarships and financial aid
  • Tuition and fees identical to those for on-campus courses
  • Access to library collections, career services, mentoring, and other academic resources.

Contact us for more information about online learning at St. John’s.

Program Contact

Dr. Yvonne Pratt-Johnson

Chair and Professor

Sullivan Hall Room 415
[email protected]