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Bilingual Extension Program

MS, Communicative Sciences and Disorders

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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 the provision of culturally and linguistically responsive services for emerging bilingual and multilingual clients with disabilities.

Why the Bilingual Extension?

The MS in Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD) 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.


Course Work

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 Disorders. These courses ensure that as a BEP student, you obtain the required knowledge, understanding, and skills in the following areas:

  1. Theories of bilingual education and bilingualism;
  2. Multicultural perspectives in education;
  3. Sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics
  4. Methods of teaching English language arts to bilingual English language learners, including literacy, using the native language and English;
  5. Methods of teaching native language arts to bilingual English language learners, including literacy, using the native language and English; and
  6. Methods of teaching other content appropriate to the teaching certificate to bilingual English language learners, using the native language and English.

Course Number

Course Title



BILED-GE 2001 Bilingual Multicultural Education: Theory and Practice Teaching and Learning 3
LANED-GE 2005 Intercultural Perspectives in Multilingual Multicultural Education Teaching and Learning 3
CSCD-GE 2035 Language Development and Disorders in School-Aged Children CSD required course 3
CSCD-GE 2079 Bilingual Assessment and Intervention CSD elective (required for the bilingual extension) 3
CSCD-GE 2025* Culturally Responsive Practices in Communicative Sciences and Disorders CSD elective (required for the bilingual extension) 3
CSCD-GE 2117 Off-Campus Pediatrics Practicum Bilingual Setting CSD required course 1–2

*Students enrolled in the Bilingual Extension Program will take CSCD-GE 2025 as a substitute for CSCD-GE 2141 (Multicultural Issues in CSD).

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 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 at to attend a BEP information session or webinar.


If you have any additional questions about the BEP, please feel free to contact Dr. María Brea at

María Rosa Brea

Clinical Associate Professor; Director, Bilingual Extension Program

Meet BEP Alum Paola Ocampo (MS '21)

Read a Q&A from Paola's time as a student to learn more about her inspiration for becoming a bilingual speech-language pathologist and her fieldwork experience serving multilingual preschoolers.

Meet Paola
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