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  • Intensive Teacher Institute Program (ITI-BSE)

    Help students learn in a bilingual environment with this tuition-free program offered through NYSED.gov
    There is an ever-increasing need for high-quality educators who are well-equipped and trained to serve bilingual students.
    Program:
    Certificate
    School:
    School of Education
    Location:
    Dobbs Ferry & Online
    Credits:
    15

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Intensive Teacher Institute Program (ITI-BSE) Curriculum

Required Courses 15 Credits
Total 15 Credits

Course Numbers and Titles for ITI-BSE in Bilingual Special Education Extension (professional certificate)

  • EDUC 505 Tchng English as 2nd Lang
  • EDUC 508 Thry & Prctc Blngl Ed
  • EDUC 602 Ntve Lng Art/S Studies Bilg Ed
  • Mathematics and Science in Bilingual Education (course must be completed at DF campus)
  • EDUC 616 Theory

Course Numbers and Titles for ITI BSE in TESOL Special Education Extension (professional certificate)

  • EDUC 505 Tchng English as 2nd Lang
  • EDUC 508 Theory and Practice of Bilingual Education
  • EDUC 616 Theory and Practice of Teaching English as a Second Language to Students with Disabilities
  • EDUC 636 Methods and Materials of Teaching English as a Second Language through the Content Area
  • EDUC 561 Ltrcy Instctn Stdnts Dsbls
I didn’t major in education. Do I need to?
No. Just a liberal arts major. Or have completed a 30-credit sequence in a liberal arts content area.
Should I have majored in education as an undergraduate?
No. However, you must have an initial teaching certificate, and be proficient in a language other than English.
Do I need to be proficient in another language?
Yes. You must be proficient in English and in another language used for instruction in NYS public schools. These include: French Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Urdu.
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
What are the prerequisites?
You must have or be eligible for an initial certificate in early childhood, childhood, or a content area subject other than a foreign language.
What education programs do you offer?
The School of Education offers a Master of Science in Education with a concentration in one of the following areas: Early Childhood Education, Birth-Grade 2; Childhood Education, Grades 1-6; Secondary Education, 7-12; Teaching Literacy, Birth-Grade 12; Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL); Bilingual Extension to a Teaching Certificate; School Building Leadership; Advanced Certificate in School Building Leadership.
Gulizar Otcu-Grillman Associate Professor, Literacy and Multilingual Studies
JungKang Miller Associate Professor, Literacy and Multilingual Studies
Victoria Nunez Assistant Professor, Literacy and Multilingual Studies

Intensive Teacher Institute Program (ITI-BSE) Overview

The Intensive Teacher Institute in Bilingual Special Education (ITI-BSE) was created to address the shortage of certified bilingual and English as a second language educators in New York State. Mercy College is one of the collaborating institutions of higher education (IHEs) approved by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) through BOCES to assist participants in meeting the requirements for a Bilingual Education or a TESOL extension certificate in Special Education.

The 15-credit NYSED sponsored ITI-BSE program permits qualified applicants who hold an approved NYS base teaching certificate in B-6 or 7-12 subject area to earn a NYS professional bilingual or TESOL extension certificate to their current initial/professional or permanent certificate. These teacher candidates must meet all program prerequisites and are required to complete all the courses listed below and pass the BEA exam (Bilingual Special extension) or CST-ESOL (TESOL extension in Special Education). A copy of a valid base teaching certificate are additional admissions requirements

Interested candidates in this program need to review eligibility requirements and apply first for acceptance into this 15 credit tuition-assisted program through Eastern Suffolk BOCES: http://www.esboces.org/Page/382


If you have any questions, please contact:

Aramina Vega Ferrer, Ph.D.
(718) 678-8604
aferrer@mercy.edu

School of Education
Mercy College
1200 Waters Place
Bronx, NY 10461

Intensive Teacher Institute Program (ITI-BSE) FAQS

Should I have majored in education as an undergraduate?
No. However, you must have an initial teaching certificate, and be proficient in a language other than English.
Do I need to be proficient in another language?
Yes. You must be proficient in English and in another language used for instruction in NYS public schools. These include: French Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Urdu.

Intensive Teacher Institute Program (ITI-BSE) Fast Facts

Job opportunities in the field of Bilingual Education include: teachers, curriculum developers and/or teacher trainers

Career Opportunities

Students completing this degree find job opportunities in the field of Bilingual Education as teachers, curriculum developers and/or teacher trainers. For additional career information, contact:

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Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to: 

  • Demonstrate a solid content knowledge base that enables them to deliver effective educational and professional services based on current research, theory and practice
  • Employ multiple pedagogical and professional strategies and tools to enable them to be effective practitioners in educational settings and deliver services that promote students’ intellectual, social, and emotional development
  • Understand the diverse cultural, linguistic, learning, and social strengths and needs of all populations, and incorporate and demonstrate sensitivity to the richness of diverse cultures when providing educational and other school services
  • Employ technology to deliver information, instruction, and professional services to all members of the school community
  • Reflect on professional practice to make educational decisions and enhance student learning
  • Demonstrate positive dispositions that enable them to work as effective educators, citizens, and practitioners within the school and broader community