is designed for students interested in pursuing teaching as a career with a
focus on second language learners.
is coordinated by the Education and Language Acquisition Department and awards
the Associate in Arts (AA) degree. Since the program focuses on
Spanish-speaking children, candidates for admission are expected to demonstrate
oral and written proficiency in Spanish equivalent to ELS105 Spanish for Fluent
Speakers I. Through Education internships, students will complete 120 hours in
a school setting giving them many opportunities to observe teachers in their
classrooms. In addition, students will take a seminar focusing on the
principles of bilingual education that will familiarize them with current
In support of the LaGuardia’s mission to educate and graduate its students to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens, the College has undertaken a team approach toward advising, designed to support you in your major from orientation through graduation.
Your advising team, made up of faculty and professional advisors, will guide you at every step during your college career. They are ready to help you:
Visit the Advising page to learn more about when to get advised and how to prepare for an advising appointment, and check out the Advising Calendar for information sessions, events and more.
Please feel free to reach out to these advisors if you have any questions or need assistance, and visit laguardia.edu/visit for directions to campus.
Elementary school teachers are required to have a bachelor’s degree in addition to state certification; New York City public school teachers are required to obtain a master’s degree. Private schools have various degree and certification requirements. The Education Associate: Bilingual Child program at LaGuardia will prepare you for continued studies to earn a four-year degree
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of
elementary school teachers is expected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024, and
the median salary of elementary school teachers in 2015 was $54,550.*Explore
career possibilities on Career
Connect.* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of
Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Kindergarten
and Elementary School Teachers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/kindergarten-and-elementary-school-teachers.htm (visited August
Current Students Log in to the CUNY Portal to review your Degree Audit to find out what classes to take. Have questions about using Degree Audit? Visit LaGuardia’s Degree Audit page for tutorials and how-to guides.
Prospective Students Review the Education Associate: Bilingual Child Curriculum and the recommended course sequence below.
Recommended Course Sequence The following course sequence is recommended for new Education Associate: The Bilingual Child majors. Current students should check their Degree Audit and the tables below for recommended Flexible Core courses.
First Year, Fall I
First Year, Fall II
First Year, Spring I
First Year, Spring II
Second Year, Fall I
Second Year, Fall II
Second Year, Spring I
Second Year, Spring II
For information about this program’s retention and graduation rate visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website page.
The Bilingual Child program has two internships that are
designed to integrate theory and practice. The intent of the internships is to involve
students in the educational life of the classroom, to let them experience a
variety of school settings and to learn beginning skills in a teaching role. Through this experiential component, students will have the opportunity to
clarify their personal goals, gain insight into the teaching profession and
make informed career decisions about continuing in the field of urban
The Bilingual Child program
is articulated with City College’s major in Childhood Education. Upon transfer,
students are expected to complete a Liberal Arts major and co-major in
education. Therefore, students should consult with a faculty member of their Advising
Team for elective course selection, to ensure maximum transferability of
credits taken at LaGuardia, and visit the Office
of Transfer Services for assistance.