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The Bilingual Education degree program at Mercy College is catered to individuals who already have a teaching degree in the state of New York and are wishing to teach English language learners in a bilingual educational setting. Students may also find job opportunities in curriculum development and teacher training.
All prospective students must be proficient in English and another language that is taught in the New York state public school system. The following languages accepted include: French, Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Urdu. Additionally, students must have or be eligible of a certificate in either early childhood, childhood or a content area subject prior to beginning course work for the MS in Bilingual Education degree.
All courses for the degree are offered at Mercy College's satellite locations in Dobbs Ferry, Bronx, and Manhattan, NY and online. Additionally, the School of Education requires a mandatory online component. The online component is designed to present the internet as a learning tool in the classroom. Courses online are highly interactive and encourage communication between classmates and faculty.
Program courses offered include: Teaching English as a Second Language, Theory and Practice of Bilingual Education, Linguistics and Language Development, from Birth through Adulthood, Native Language Arts and Social Studies in Bilingual Education, and Mathematics and Science in Bilingual Education. In total, students will complete 36 credit hours of course work in order to meet professional degree requirements.
Students may be able to transfer up to six semester hours of credit to be applied towards their graduate degree. All transfers must be confirmed by the program chair or associate dean. Courses with a grade of B- or lower are not eligible to be transferred.
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