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Bilingual Extension Program

MS, Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Bilingual speech-language pathologists 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 appropriate theory and methods. 

Course Work

Once you are accepted, 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. Completing the BEP only requires 7 additional credits beyond the traditional MS degree. See the full curriculum here.

The BEP offers additional course work in the areas of bilingualism and biculturalism. Two BEP courses are offered through the NYU Steinhardt Department of Teaching and Learning, and the others are electives offered through our department that are required for BEP students. The full list of BEP courses is available here.

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Clinical Fieldwork

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.

Gaining Certification

In addition to having completed your course work and fieldwork, you must receive a passing score on the Bilingual Extension Assessment examination 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 BEP’s requirements prepare you to take the Bilingual Extension Assessment, which will test your knowledge of bilingualism and education practices. The exam will also assess your proficiency in your target language, including comprehension, spoken language skills, and literacy. 

Further information, including testing materials, can be found on the NYSTCE website.

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.

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Learn More About Our Master's Degree

his 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.

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Questions? Please Contact:

Maria Brea

Clinical Associate Professor; Director, Bilingual Extension Program