ITI-BSE Bilingual Extension Program (for current NYC DOE Special Education Teachers)


The ITI-BSE program is offered in partnership with with New York City Department of Education and offers currently certified NYC DOE special education teachers the opportunity to gain a bilingual extension for your current New York State certification. You will teach bilingual classes at your school while completing coursework at Hunter College. Tuition costs are fully subsidized by NYCDOE. Upon successful completion of the three-semester program, you are eligible for a New York State bilingual extension certification. Currently, Hunter College offers this program in Spanish, Chinese and French.

Eligibility & Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.0 or a master’s degree with a GPA of at least 3.5
  • Current NYS initial or professional teacher certification in Special Education at any grade level
  • Submission of official score report on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Applicants must not have taken more than 6 credits (2 courses) toward a bilingual extension program
  • Applicants must not be currently enrolled in a master’s degree or advanced certificate program
  • An on-site writing sample in English and in Spanish, French or Chinese and an interview conducted in English and in Spanish, French or Chinese to demonstrate speaking, reading, and writing fluency
  • Applicants must be nominated by their principal and the DOE

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