Early Childhood Education with Bilingual Extension

Our master's program in early childhood with bilingual extension is for you if you wish to obtain New York State initial/professional certification to teach early childhood (birth–grade 2) students and/or bilingual and English language learners, birth–grade 2. This program is also for you if you have already obtained initial teacher certification before entering the program, but you aspire to complete both a master's degree in early childhood education with bilingual extension and satisfy birth–grade 2 professional certification requirements. To be eligible for this program, you must have advanced proficiency in both English and Spanish.

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Why Early Childhood Education with Bilingual Extension at UB?

The features of our program include:

  • laboratories, centers and research and evaluation projects that provide a rich variety of learning opportunities, including field experiences and projects in collaboration with local schools' bilingual and second language programs
  • study of English language learners and bilingual education students
  • study of foundation of bilingual, dual and second language education
  • study of bilingualism and first and second language acquisition
  • study of developmental readers, first and second language reading processes, and first and second language reading instruction at the pre-school and emergent level, elementary grades; literacy in first and second language; technology; language, literacy and culture; children's and young adult literature; and classroom reading and second language assessment

To be eligible for this program, you must have majored in or completed 30 credit hours in one of the following areas: 

›  Arts:
Art History, Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts
›  English
›  Languages other than English 
(e.g., French, Spanish)
›  Mathematics
›  Natural Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics
›  Social Sciences:
Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science
›  Social Sciences Interdisciplinary 
(Health & Human Services: Early Childhood Concentration only)

Early Childhood Education with Bilingual Extension Programs

Initial / Professional Professional

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Master of Education (EdM)
Certification option Successful completion of program leads to an institutional recommendation for NYS Initial and Professional Certification in Early Childhood Education with a Bilingual Extension
Grade levels Birth to 2
Credits required for completion 60
Time to completion 4 full-time semesters
Course delivery On campus
Career opportunities Early childhood bilingual teacher
Experiential contact hours
  • 1 academic year (fall/spring) of student teaching
  • Additional clinical hours may be required prior to student teaching residency. This is based on academic program and opportunities for specific students
  • Academic advisors assist with outlining specific clinical requirements
Application deadline

Priority Deadlines

Nov. 1, then rolling until Dec. 1
Feb. 1, then rolling until April 15
Feb. 1, then rolling until July 15


Frequently Asked Questions

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Graduate School of Education
366 Baldy Hall, North Campus