About the BEP
Bilingual and culturally-responsive speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are in high demand in schools and clinical settings throughout the country. Through our Bilingual Extension Program (BEP), you have the opportunity to supplement your master’s with training on evaluating and treating clients using culturally and linguistically sustaining approaches.
Why the Bilingual Extension?
The MS in Communicative Sciences and Disorders prepares you to obtain your Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) certificate, which is required for SLPs wishing to work with children ages 3-21 years in a school setting (and some hospitals/private sectors). The certificate is also necessary for individuals working in facilities receiving funding from the Department of Education. The Bilingual Extension Program provides you with a pathway to bilingual certification as an extension to the TSSLD teaching certificate. A bilingual extension to the TSSLD is required for all individuals who wish to be practicing bilingual SLPs.
Completing the BEP only requires 7 additional credits beyond the traditional MS degree curriculum. You will take a total of 55 credit hours made up of the core 48-credit MS curriculum (not including foundational courses) and the supplemental bilingual extension program.
The BEP offers additional course work in the areas of multilingualism, equity, and social justice. Two BEP courses are offered through the NYU Steinhardt Department of Teaching and Learning, and the others are required electives offered through our Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorder. These courses ensure that as a BEP student, you obtain the required knowledge, understanding, and skills in the following areas:
- Theories of bilingual education and bilingualism;
- Multicultural perspectives in education;
- Sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics
- Methods of teaching English language arts to bilingual English language learners, including literacy, using the native language and English;
- Methods of teaching native language arts to bilingual English language learners, including literacy, using the native language and English; and
- Methods of teaching other content appropriate to the teaching certificate to bilingual English language learners, using the native language and English.
The bilingual extension program also includes a clinical field placement with a bilingual population. In total, you will complete at least 50 direct contact hours (diagnostic and/or treatment) with clients in your target language under the supervision of a speech-language pathologist. You will have the opportunity to earn these hours through both on-campus practicums and field placements in our partner sites, which include hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, nursing facilities, schools, and more.
In addition to having completed your course work and fieldwork, you must receive a passing score on the Bilingual Education Assessment (BEA) offered by the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) in order to be a New York State–certified Bilingual Service Provider in Speech-Language Pathology. The BEA assesses content knowledge about multilingualism covered in your courses, as well as your proficiency in your target language, including comprehension, spoken language skills, and literacy.
How to Apply
Once you are admitted into the MS, you will be required to complete and submit a BEP application during your onboarding process with your academic advisor. Contact us to attend a BEP information session or webinar.Contact Us to Apply
Learn More About the MS
This master’s degree prepares you for eligibility for professional licensure as a speech-language pathologist. You'll learn methods of prevention, assessment, and intervention for people with communication and swallowing disorders, as well as how to integrate research principles into evidence-based clinical practice.Explore the MS