Education Associate: The Bilingual Child, AA

Room: B-Building, B-234

Phone: (718) 482-5640


The Bilingual Child major prepares students to teach children in transitional bilingual education and dual-language programs in New York State public schools. The degree focuses on teaching Spanish-speaking children in Grades 1-6. Candidates for admission are expected to demonstrate oral and written proficiency in Spanish equivalent to ELS105 Spanish for Fluent Speakers I.

Program Requirements

The Bilingual Child program has courses that require field experience hours designed to integrate theory and practice. The intent of these experiences 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.

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Are You Interested In...

  • How children develop and learn?
  • How languages are learned by children?
  • Nurturing, guiding and teaching children?
  • Social justice issues?
  • Interpersonal and communication skills?
  • Creativity and developing critical thinking skills?
  • Public service?
  • Developing leadership skills?

Skills You Will Learn

  • How emergent bilingual children develop and learn
  • Ways of teaching and assessing bilingual children
  • How to create effective lesson plans
  • How to work with culturally and linguistically diverse children and their families

What makes this major unique?

This major focuses on developmentally appropriate practices for emergent bilingual children. Most courses taken to fulfill this major cannot be used to fulfill requirements for other Education majors.

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Career Possibilities

NYC Public School teachers are required to earn a Master’s Degree within 5 years of Initial Certification for Permanent Certification. Students interested in careers with the Department of Education are encouraged to consult their website for specific information and requirements.

  • NYC Dept. of Education Teacher’s Assistant/Aide (Teaching Assistant Certificate needed)
  • Teacher’s Assistant/Aide in Private School or Nursery
  • Head Teacher in Private School or Nursery
  • Childcare Worker (Au Pairs, After-school Helpers, etc.)
  • Recreation Worker/Camp Counselor
  • Social and Human Service Assistant (Half-way Homes, Prisons, etc.)
  • Home Visitor for Early Intervention
  • NYC Dept. of Education Bilingual Teacher (Initial Certification)
  • Private/Charter School Classroom Teacher
  • Private Preschool/Child Care Director
  • NYC Dept. of Education Bilingual Teacher (Permanent Certification with Master’s Degree)
  • Educational Consultant
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Child and Family Advocate (may require Social Work degree)
  • Education Administrator/School Principal
  • College Professor

Transfer Possibilities

There are many options to continue your education and earn a bachelor’s degree and beyond.  See some possibilities below and speak to an advisor, faculty member, or Program Director for more support.

Transfer Agreements

LaGuardia has agreements with the programs below that will facilitate transfer:

  • City College – BSEd in Bilingual Childhood Education
  • York College, CUNY BA Program – Bilingual Extension (Spanish Only)

Other Transfer Options

Please note, LaGuardia does not have an agreement with these colleges but transfer is still possible:

  • Queens College – Childhood Education & Spanish (double major)
  • Related path: Queens College – BA in TESOL: Applied Linguistics (Queens offers a Master’s in Bilingual Education)

Degree Requirements

A. REQUIRED CORE: 12 credits

English: 6 credits

  • ENG101 English Composition I (3)
    (or ENA101 depending on placement scores)
  • ENG102 Writing through Literature (3)

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits

Select one course from the following: 3

  • MAT107 Mathematics and the Modern World
  • MAT123 Modern Problem Solving
    (depending on Placement)
  • MAT115 College Algebra and Trigonometry
  • MAT117 Algebra and Trigonometry
    (depending on placement scores)
  • MAT119 Statistics with Elementary Algebra
    (depending on placement scores)
  • MAT120 Elementary Statistics

Life and Physical Sciences: 3 credits
Select one of the following: 3

  • SCB101 Topics in Biological Sciences
  • SCB206 Introduction to Neuroscience
  • SCC101 Topics in Chemistry
  • SCC102 Chemistry of Photography
  • SCP101 Topics in Physics
  • SCP105 Life in the Universe
  • SCP140 Topics in Astronomy

B. FLEXIBLE CORE:18 credits

Select one course from each of the five flexible core categories
AND one additional course from any flexible core category.

  • World Cultures and Global Issues
  • US Experience in its Diversity
  • Creative Expression
  • Individual and Society
  • Scientific World

Students are advised to select one Urban Study course to
complete college requirement. To complete the degree
requirements from the Flexible Core, students are advised to
select courses from the recommended course selections listed
on the program website. Note: Student can select only two
courses from any one discipline.

Courses Credits
Education Core: 12 credits
EDF101 First Year Seminar in Education 3
ELE110 Arts in Education 3
ELE203 Language and Literacy in Childhood Education 3
ELN123 Foundations of Bilingual Education 3
Education & Language Acquisition: 12 credits
ELL101 Introduction to Language 3
ELL220 Sociolinguistics 3
ELS204 Latin American Civilizations 3
ELS210 Advanced Spanish Composition 3
Social Science: 6 credits
SSH106 World History from 1500 Present 3
SSY105 Learning and Education: Childhood to Adolescence 3


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