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Intensive Teacher Institute (ITI) Bilingual Special Education, Advanced Certificate

Education Specialties


The Intensive Teaching Institute (ITI) in Bilingual Education, 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, provides partial tuition assistance for special education- certified public school teachers currently working with substantial populations of English learners. This scholarship will provide tuition assistance for eligible candidates leading to certification in TESOL or Bilingual Education.  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 and first language arts to bilingual English language learners; and (5) methods of teaching content area instruction to bilingual English language learners. All classes are offered online.

Interested certified public school teachers of special education 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 by using this link:

After receiving acceptance by ITI, please apply to St. John’s University by following the directions below.

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.

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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 Special Education
  4. Bilingual applicants- 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


Foundations (15 credits)

  • EDU 9001: Foundations of Bilingual and Second Language Education

  • EDU 9002: Psychology and Sociology of Language and Bilingualism

  • EDU 9003: Literacy Development for First and Second Language Learners (for TESOL candidates) or EDU 9005 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Dual Language Instruction (for Bilingual candidates)

  • EDU 9004: Content Area Instruction for Linguistically/Culturally Diverse Learners (for TESOL candidates) or EDU 9009: Teaching Strategies in the ESL and Bilingual Classroom: Science, Mathematics and Social Studies (for Bilingual candidates)

  • EDU 9012: Methods of Language and Academic Assessment for ELLs and Exceptional Learners


Download the program planning sheet (Word).


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