Extension (12 credits)

This program extends your New York state teacher certification to teach in bilingual settings at the same grade levels as your original certification.

Program is Ideal For

  • Certified teachers who speak English, have a high level of Spanish proficiency, and seek additional coursework to teach bilingual education, working with native Spanish speakers who are learning English.

Career Information

  • Appropriately certified Spanish bilingual teachers are in high demand. The U.S. Education Department (2014) identified bilingual education and English language acquisition as high-need fields that are experiencing nationwide teacher shortages at all developmental levels. 
  • Bilingual teachers work in districts with high numbers of Spanish speakers to help them succeed academically in English and in Spanish.

What to Expect
  • Complete the program in one calendar year (one or two courses per semester, including summer)
  • 50 hours of fieldwork

Curriculum (12 credits)
  • Teaching Content Areas in Spanish Bilingual Classroom 
  • Native Language Arts and Literacy Instruction for Spanish Speakers
  • Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition
  • Foundations of Bilingual/Multicultural Education

Application process

Complete and submit the annotation/extension approval form, including signed permission of the program director. Deadlines are on a rolling basis for fall, spring, and summer terms.

Program Requirements & Course Descriptions »

Program Director

Cindy McPhail

Cindy McPhail

Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Interim Director, Graduate Inclusive Early Childhood and Childhood Education Programs in Education, School of
Golisano Academic Center 294

Education: B.A., Hamilton College; Ed.M. & Ph.D., State University of New York Buffalo

Teaching and Research Interests: TESOL; language acquisition; bilingual education; elementary education, reading fluency (prosidy), English language learners.

Proudest Moments: Dr. McPhail is proud of a federal grant for more than $1 million that allowed Nazareth College to host the ELL Consortium for 5 years and to begin the bilingual extension program. That program provides an important service to the greater Rochester community in a specialty in which it is perennially difficult to recruit appropriately certified teachers.

TESOL at Naz

Nazareth also offers certification and non-certification programs for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.