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Intensive Teacher Institute (ITI) Bilingual Pupil Personnel, Advanced Certificate

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The Advanced Certificate in Bilingual Education will provide PPS personnel, such as guidance counselors, school psychologists and school social workers, with the cutting -edge tools needed to support English learners in their classrooms throughout New York State. Candidates will learn the strategies behind current approaches used to teach English learners as well as the psychology and sociology that establishes the foundation for Bilingual Education. Courses on literacy in the home language and content area instruction for second language learners will assist Pupil Personnel providers with the essential background knowledge needed to ensure these students are successful throughout their school careers. Upon graduation from the program, completers will be equipped to provide services as Bilingual Pupil Personnel providers in their respective fields.

This program is also offered online.

 Candidates 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. Please apply to this website first

Upon acceptance, follow the directions below for applying directly to St. John’s University.

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.

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

  1. A master's degree
  2. Official transcripts showing a B (3.0 GPA) or better average
  3. New York State teacher certification in Counseling, Social Work, or School Psychology
  4. Proficiency in a second language
  5. Completed application
  6. Application Fee
  7. Essay/Statement of Goals
  8. Two letters of recommendation
  9. Initial acceptance by ITI/BOCES

Student Resources


  • EDU 9001: Foundations of Bilingual, Multicultural and Second Language Education
  • EDU 9006: Human Development in Cross-Curricular Perspective
  • EDU 9012: Methods of Language and Academic Assessment for English Language and Exceptional Learners
  • EDU 6122: Orientation Counseling


  • EDU 9002: Psychology and Sociology of Language and Bilingualism
  • EDU 6530: Multicultural Counseling

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

Audrey Murphy

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