2017-18 University Bulletin 
    Jun 23, 2024  
2017-18 University Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bilingual Childhood Special Education in Inclusive Settings – Alternative Certificate: Transitional B Program, M.S.

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NY State Program Code: 33036
HEGIS Code: 0808.00
CIP Code: 13.1001

(52 Credits)

Leading to childhood education (1-6), students with disabilities (1-6) and bilingual extension certification.

The Alternative Certificate program grants the Transitional B license category to career changers or non-certified teachers to teach in shortage areas. After completing a minimum of 200 clock hours in a summer introductory student teaching component in an assigned school, including a three–course education component and a passing grade on NYSTCE examinations, the candidate may be employed as a teacher and issued a Transitional B certificate. The candidate will receive mentoring and additional Master degree courses to complete New York State certification requirements while employed in the school.

Note: The Transitional B program is open to teacher candidates working under an alternative certificate or license. Please consult an adviser for recommended course sequences, fieldwork and other program requirements.


Courses are three credits unless noted otherwise.

Requirements for the Alternative Certificate: Transitional B Program


According to the State Regulations, the Pre-Service Component includes at least 200 clock hours. These are met through the 7 credits (70 hours), 40 hours of field experience, and placement in a School District Summer Program.

Total Fieldwork Hours Required

(210 hours)

Additional Requirements for Program Completion/State Certification

  • Satisfactory completion of Content Core Requirements and General Education courses, including a foreign language
  • Maintenance of 3.0 GPA in all program coursework
  • All teacher certification candidates must take and pass the New York State Teacher’s Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) required for their particular area of certification which includes the Content Specialty Test in Multisubject, Students with Disabilities and the BEA

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