Bilingual Extension Certificate

Mercy University


The NYSUT/Education and Learning Trust, in collaboration with Mercy University, offers a program to prepare students for a Bilingual Extension Advanced Certificate. Only those students holding an initial teaching certification and a master’s degree are eligible for this program which may lead to professional certification depending on your credentials. Students must also complete field experiences at the appropriate grade level of the certificate and achieve a passing score on the Bilingual Evaluation Assessment (BEA) exam to be eligible for certification.

Bilingual Extension Certificate (15 credits)

Applicants to the program are required to possess a NYS teaching certificate, and successfully complete the Bilingual Education Assessment (BEA). The Bilingual Extension certification requires training for the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) and participation in a college supervised field experience.

NYSUT ELT Core Courses:

EDUC 505 Teaching English as a Second Language (3 credits)

Mercy Courses:

EDUC 508 Theory and Practice of Bilingual Education (3 credits)
EDUC 509 Linguistics and Language Development, from Birth through Adulthood (3 credits)
EDUC 602 Native Language Arts and Social Studies in Bilingual Education (3 credits)
EDUC 604 Mathematics and Science Bilingual Education (3 credits)

*After completing NYSUT core course with a grade of B or above, students formally apply to Mercy University for matriculation in order to complete remaining requirements.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Students are NOT eligible to register for a Mercy sponsored course through NYSUT ELT or UFT if:

  • they have already completed 15 Mercy University credits through NYSUT ELT or UFT
  • they are currently enrolled in a Mercy University degree or Advanced Certificate Program
  • they are on a financial hold with Mercy University OR
  • they were academically dismissed by Mercy University

ELT is not responsible for reimbursement of tuition for students who register for any Mercy courses if they meet any of the above criteria.

NYSUT ELT is an approved provider of DASA training. Please contact us for more information.

For information on Supplementary Certification in TESOL, view NYSUT’s Fact Sheet 16-04: Requirements for Supplementary Certificates for Teaching English Language Learners in NYS.

Be mindful: New York State regulation (effective Fall of 2016) requires that all graduate schools of education require a 3.0 GPA.