New York City Department of Education | Evaluated Learning Experience
EDU 740: Bilingual Education
289.5 hours (40 weeks).
August 2021 – Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: describe the philosophical, theoretical, and research bases for bilingual education with an emphasis on the local context in New York City; describe the unique and powerful role of bilingual teachers as advocates for English Language Learners; critique ways in which race and culture impact teaching and learning in the classroom and beyond, and devise a plan for a culturally responsive classroom in which students' unique cultural identities are consistently emphasized and included; assess the literacy, language, and content knowledge demands of assessments; define how language skills, literacy levels, and content learning are interdependent; evaluate different approaches and methodologies consistent with the Communicative Approach; apply and implement instructional strategies to support: language and biliteracy development for students at all levels of language proficiency, comprehensive literacy instruction, and bilingual reading and writing development; describe and apply backwards planning using standards and assessments to current curricula; analyze, critique, select and/or modify instructional resources designed for bilingual teachers; analyze curricular plans to determine alignment to student needs, specifically students with disabilities; and practice implementing lesson plan best practices in content areas, with an emphasis on analyzing student growth within the planning cycle.
This course is taught in an online, module format (with a required textbook) consisting of on-going and cumulative competency-based assessments, collaborative discussion, student activity and observations/reflections. Students receive ongoing coaching and feedback from experienced facilitators throughout the process. The program consists of eighteen modules of coursework in five cycles, focusing on the NYC DOE Vision of Excellent Instruction, foundations of bilingual education and linguistic knowledge, curriculum planning, development, and implementation, assessing standards aligned instruction in the primary and target language, and socio-cultural knowledge and community relations. Prerequisites: Students must possess a bachelor’s degree; hold a valid NYS Teaching Certificate; complete and pass the Bilingual Education Assessment (BEA) and must complete 'Dignity For All Students Act' and Autism workshops.
In the graduate degree category, 12 semester hours distributed as follows: 3 semester hours in Foundations of Bilingual Education, 3 semester hours in Socio- and Psycho-linguistics or Introduction to Linguistics, 3 semester hours in Teaching Content in the Bilingual/Multilingual Classroom, and 3 semester hours in Multicultural Education (2/21).