Hunter College, New York City
Based in New York City, Hunter College has offered the Master’s in Bilingual Education for Spanish-speaking teacher-candidates since 1983 as well a bilingual extension for those who already hold New York State teacher certification. Due to a great interest in French dual-language teaching programs, the faculty at Hunter College School of Education has added a French track to its Bilingual Education programs.
These outstanding bilingual teacher preparation programs are dedicated to developing skilled, knowledgeable, caring teachers who will provide meaningful schooling experiences to English language learners. The core beliefs that guide the program include (a) additive bilingualism as a desired goal for learners, (b) diversity viewed as a strength upon which to build learning, (c) assessment of cognition, first and second language development and socio-emotional learning as a measure of student growth, and, (d) families and communities as a source of strength and knowledge in the development of children as learners.
Entry into the programs include interviews and on-site writing in Spanish/French and English to ensure proficiency in both languages. The programs provide a supportive and caring environment for the teacher candidates. The program components and students’ collaborative experiences in the program enable teacher candidates to develop the knowledge, skills, and understandings needed to provide equitable and excellent teaching and learning for English language learners.
Teachers who successfully complete the French track of the Master’s in Childhood or Early Childhood Bilingual Education will be eligible to apply for teaching positions in New York City’s French dual language programs. Upon graduation, students will be recommended for certification in Early Childhood or Childhood Education in addition to the Bilingual Extension – French.
Teachers who have initial or professional certification in Early Childhood Education or Childhood Education and want to teach in bilingual programs may apply for the Advanced Certificate in Bilingual Extension.