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 reports show shortages of bilingual education teachers at all grade levels across 13 states in 2019-2020. 
  • Bilingual teachers work in districts with high numbers of Spanish speakers to help them succeed academically in English and in Spanish.


Grants, scholarships, veterans benefits, partner benefits, loans, and undergraduate loan forgiveness are options for paying for education graduate degrees.

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 Classrooms
  • 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 post-Master's certificate application. Deadlines are on a rolling basis for fall, spring, and summer terms.

Program Requirements & Course Descriptions »

TESOL at Naz

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