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Intensive Teacher Institute (ITI-BE) in Bilingual Education, Advanced Certificate

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Intensive Teaching Institute (ITI) in Bilingual Education is funded by New York State Education Department (NYSED) in partnership with St. John’s University, Graduate Programs in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

The New York State Education Department's Intensive Teacher Institute in partnership with the St. John's School of Education TESOL Program, provide partial tuition assistance for certain certified public school teachers or pupil personnel. currently teaching or working with substantial populations of English learners.

Interested certified public school teachers of special education or a pupil personnel areas such as school counseling, who are teaching or counseling ELLs, must first apply for and obtain tuition assistance approval from the NYSED BOCES Office of the Intensive Teacher Institute (ITI) before applying to one of St. John's School of Education ITI Programs.

Note that admission into a St. John's ITI Program does not ensure tuition assistance unless and until NYS BOCES ITI funding approval has been secured in writing by the applicant. Also, note that BOCES ITI approval does not automatically guarantee admission into a School of Education ITI program. Applications to the School of Education require with official transcripts and can be completed online.

Interested New York public school teachers or counselors must first apply for ITI Program tuition assistance through NYS BOCES ITI. Please contact BOCES ITI (noted below) for the tuition-assistance application form and information about eligibility requirements.

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.


Download the program planning sheet (Word).

  • 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

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. Audrey Figueroa Murphy

Program Coordinator and Associate Professor

Sullivan Hall Room 409
[email protected]

Additional ITI Information

Ms. Megan O'Neill

Eastern Suffolk BOCES
Sherwood Corporate Center
15 Andrea Road
Holbrook, NY 11741