• Education Associate: Bilingual Child

    This program is designed for students interested in pursuing teaching as a career with a focus on second language learners. 

  • The program 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 practice. 

  •  Advising

    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:

    • Explore your major
    • Select introductory and advanced courses
    • Connect you with campus support services
    • Prepare an educational and career plan

    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.


    Advising Team Staff Members Email Phone Office Location
    Cheryl McKenzie, Advising Services 
    cmckenzie@lagcc.cuny.edu
    718-482-6073 B 103B 


    Advising Team Faculty Members Email Phone Office Location
    Michele de Goeas-Malone, Education Co-Coordinator mmalone@lagcc.cuny.edu  718-482-6050 B 234L 
    Arthur Lau, Education Co-Coordinator  alau@lagcc.cuny.edu  718-482-5626 B 234F 
    Angela Cornelius, Assistant acornelius@lagcc.cuny.edu  718-730-7529  B 234WW 
    Marissa Klages-Bombich, ELA Chair  mklages@lagcc.cuny.edu  718-482-5370  B 234Q 


     Career Profile

    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 29, 2016).

     Curriculum and Recommended Course Sequence

    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

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
      New Student Seminar Program Core
    ENG101 English Composition Required Core 3
    ELN101 Introduction to Bilingualism Program Core 3
    Various Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning course Required Core 3
    ELS200 Latin American Literature I  Program Core 
    Session Credits 12 
    Total Credits 12 


    First Year, Fall II

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    ENG102 Writing through Literature Required Core 3
    SSH106* World History from 1500 to the Present  Flexible Core: World Cultures and Global Issues (Pre-requisite for ELE111 and ELE115)
    Session Credits 6
    Total Credits 18


    First Year, Spring I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    CSE110* Literacy and Propaganda Flexible Core: Individual and Society
    ELE110* Arts in Education Flexible Core: Creative Expression 3
    SCB101* Topics in Biological Sciences Required Core 3
    ELS201/ELS270 Latin American Literature II/Literature of the Caribbean Program Core 3
    Session Credits 12 
    Total Credits 30 


    First Year, Spring II

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    SSY105 Learning and Education: Childhood to Adolescence Program Core (Pre-requisite for ELE203) 3

    Session Credits 3
    Total Credits 33 


    Second Year, Fall I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    ELN120 Foundations of American Education Program Core 3
    ELE111 Fieldwork I Bilingual Education Program Core
    ELE115 Reflective Seminar I Childhood and Bilingual education Program Core
    ELL101* Introduction to Language Flexible Core: Scientific World (Pre-requisite for ELE203) 3
    ELS210 Advanced Spanish Composition  Program Core 
    Session Credits 11
    Total Credits 44 


    Second Year, Fall II

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    HUP102* Critical Thinking Flexible Core: Individual and Society 3
    Session Credits 3
    Total Credits 47


    Second Year, Spring I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    ELE203 Language and Literacy in Childhood Education Program Core 3
    ELE211 Fieldwork II Bilingual Education Program Core
    ELE215 Reflective Seminar II Childhood and Bilingual Education Program Core
    ELL220* Introduction to Sociolinguistics  Program Core: Unrestrictive Elective 
    ELS204 Latin American Civilizations  program Core 
    Session Credits 11
    Total Credits 58


    Second Year, Spring II

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    ENG248* Latina/o Writing in the U.S. Flexible Core: US Experience in its Diversity
    Session Credits
    Total Credits 60


    For information about this program’s retention and graduation rate visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website page.


     Fieldwork

    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 education.

     Transfer Opportunities

    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.

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