Bilingual Childhood Education

African american student in class - LG

Degree: Master of Science in Teaching (MST)
Credits: 45
Career Path: Classroom teacher for grades 1-6

Start Semester: Any
Campus: Lincoln Center
Full-time/Part-time: Both

The childhood education program is distinguished by exceptionally strong field experiences and a carefully coordinated sequence of courses progressing from foundations and teaching methods to the development of a professional portfolio.

Candidates develop teaching skills and apply knowledge learned in courses during their field experiences. They are supported by expert faculty, master teachers and field advisers/mentors.

Application Deadlines

Fall: June 30
Spring: November 15
Summer (both sessions): April 15

Browse the Admissions section for more about the application and financial aid processes.

Admissions Information

Candidates for the Childhood/Bilingual Education Program must complete the following specific admissions requirements:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in English through course work and the Admissions essay.
  • Candidates for whom English is a second language are required to take and achieve a passing score in one of two tests: the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELT (International English Language Test). The following scores are the recommended minimum, current* test scores for English Language Proficiency for admission to the Graduate School of Education:
    • IELTS*: 7 for General Test Score, No subtest can be lower than 6.
    • TOEFL*: 577 for paper test, 90 for Internet based (IBT) test.
  • Successfully interview with bilingual program faculty.
  • Competence in a language other than English as demonstrated by fulfilling in a language other than English, as demonstrated by fulfilling one of the following three options:
    • taking and obtaining a passing score in the ACTFL Language Test (oral and written) in the target language
    • documentation in the transcripts of having completed undergraduate studies in the target language
    • agreeing to complete successfully 2 courses in the target language
  • Submit official GRE or the equivalent exam scores

*Note: IELTS and TOEFL scores can be no more than 2 years old.

Fieldwork Requirements

In the fall and spring semesters of the first year, students are in classrooms for three full days per week: observation for three weeks, then student teaching, in the same classroom, for ten weeks.

In the fall and spring semesters of the second year, students are in classrooms for five full days per week: observation for two weeks, then student teaching, in the same classroom, for twelve weeks.

Program Curriculum

Browse course schedules and descriptions.

  • Beginning Reading and Writing in Inclusive Classrooms (CTGE5534)
  • *Bilingual Curriculum Materials Workshop: Content Areas (CTGE5851)
  • *Bil/ESL Curriculum Development: Reading and Language (CTGE5852)
  • Childhood Education Portfolio (CTGE0704)
  • *Development of Communication Skills in ELL Students (CTGE5844)
  • Historical, Philosophical, and Multicultural Foundations of American Education (UEGE5102)
  • Literacy Across the Curriculum in Inclusive Classrooms (CTGE5548)
  • *Principles of Bilingual Education (CTGE5841)
  • Psychology of Child Development and Learning (PSGE5316)
  • Reflective Practice and Field Experience I in an Inclusive Childhood Classroom (CTGE5551)
  • Reflective Practice and Field Experience II in an Inclusive Childhood Classroom (CTGE5552)
  • **Reflective Practice and Student Teaching I in an Inclusive Childhood Classroom (CTGE5553)
  • **Reflective Practice and Student Teaching II in an Inclusive Childhood Classroom (CTGE5554)
  • *Second Language Acquisition and Assessment (CTGE58420)
  • Special Education Foundations: Past, Present, and Future (CTGE5155)
  • Teaching Mathematics to Children (CTGE5227)
  • Teaching Science and Technology to Children (CTGE5242)
  • Teaching the Arts in Childhood Education (CTGE5212)
  • Teaching Technology to Children (CTGE5065)
  • Teaching Social Studies to Children (CTGE5066)

*Requires a minimum of 15 hours of field work in a school with a bilingual program.

**One required Student Teaching experiences must be completed in a bilingual education classroom (grades 1 - 6).

Certification Information

The program leads NYS initial teacher certification in Childhood Education 1-6. The program is approved by the Association of Childhood Education International (ACEI). Fordham's Graduate School of Education is a nationally accredited teacher education institution in New York City.

The program received the first-ever national award for Effective Teacher Preparation from the US Dept. of Education in 2000. Pass rates for program graduates on the NYSTCE teacher exams have been over 95% each year.

Teacher candidates who meet all program requirements, complete the course of study and meet established field experience competencies are eligible for Fordham University's endorsement for New York state initial certification in their program area.

Pass rates for Fordham's initial teacher education graduates on the NYSTCE Teacher exams have been over 95% each year.

Contact

GSE Admissions
212-636-6400
gse_admiss@fordham.edu

Program Faculty
Dr. Diana Caballero
Dr. Arlene Moliterno
Dr. Aida A. Nevárez-LaTorre
Dr. Chun Zhang