The Bilingual Education Advanced Certificate Program is offered completely online and consists of five graduate-level courses. Coursework is designed and taught by full-time professors with experience teaching in schools with diverse populations of bilingual students. Our faculty provides a high level of support for students to succeed while learning in an online format. Candidates who complete this program will have met the requirements to receive the Bilingual Education Certification Extension.
All students applying for admission to this program are required to submit a completed application and the non-refundable $50 application fee. Criteria include:
- bachelor's or master's degree in education issued within the last 10 years
- minimum 3.0 undergraduate cumulative grade point average and a 2.8 grade point average in the content area of the undergraduate major or master's degree
- New York State Teaching Initial Certification
- minimum of 12 s.h. of college study in a language other than English
For a limited time, tuition support is available to qualifying accepted candidates through a grant from the New York State Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages. Candidates must meet all criteria for acceptance into the program.
Tuition Support Requirements: Candidates must agree to conditions set in and sign the SUNY Oneonta Bilingual Education Tuition Assistance Agreement. These conditions include that candidates take and pass the New York State Bilingual Education Assessment in their language other than English by the deadline stated in the Tuition Assistance Agreement form, or they must pay full tuition to the college.
Candidates who do not qualify for the grant or do not want to be considered for it can still apply for the program and pay tuition. These candidates must enroll for at least 6 credits per semester to be eligible for financial aid.
Mentors approved by the college to work with accepted candidates will receive a $200 stipend for their work with the candidate through the program.
To be successful in an online learning environment, candidates’ participation will require high-speed internet access to participate in discussion forums on a regular basis. Involvement in an online class requires basic knowledge of word processing skills. Instructors use various software and programs such as BlackBoard, Adobe Connect, PowerPoint, VoiceThread and Skype. Candidates may contact the college’s IT Service Desk for support with technology at 607-436-4567 or firstname.lastname@example.org.