Admission Requirements: Bilingual School Counseling, Advanced Certificate

Thanks for your interest in the Bilingual School Counseling, Advanced Certificate program.

Candidates can begin the certificate in the fall, spring, or summer semester. Please note that your application will not be reviewed until we have all of the necessary documents.

There is no application deadline; however, ordering transcripts can take several weeks, and it is important to make sure you apply with enough time for all of your documents to be received, your application to be reviewed, and if admitted, for you to register before the semester begins, so please plan accordingly.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have earned a master's degree in counseling or school counseling from a New York State registered program or CACREP accredited program AND hold provisional/initial NYS school counselor certification or its equivalent from another state.
  • The applicant's graduate transcript in counseling must reflect coursework in professional issues and ethics, social and cultural diversity, human growth and development, career development, counseling and helping relationships, and group work.
  • Interview: All applicants will meet with a School Counseling department representative to assess both motivation and minimum language proficiency as passing the NYSED Bilingual Education Assessment (BEA) is a requirement for the conferring of the Bilingual Education Extension by NYSED. Candidates may also submit, as part of the interview process, coursework that confirms formal language acquisition study. Admission to the Bilingual Extension does not require passing the BEA prior to enrollment; candidates will be encouraged to take the BEA as soon as possible.
  • Two Reference Forms (waived for New York Tech School Counseling Program Alumni): From an employer (including a school supervisor), recent professor, or other professional who can attest to the candidate's ability to succeed in a profession which requires leadership, social justice advocacy skills, sensitivity to working with diverse student populations and their families, and a strong ability to collaborate.

Application Materials

  • Completed application.
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee.
  • Copies of undergraduate transcripts and graduate transcripts, if applicable, for all schools attended. All final, official transcripts must be received prior to the start of your first semester.
  • Copy of college diploma or proof of degree.
  • Copies of teaching certificates you currently hold if you are seeking New York State certification.
  • International student requirements: English proficiency, I-20, and transcript evaluation.
    • New York Education Law permits nonresident aliens to qualify for an initial license. If you have United States Citizenship or Permanent Resident status, you may qualify for a Permanent or Professional New York State Teaching Certificate.


Applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis, as long as space is available.

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If you have any questions about admissions or eligibility, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at or 516.686.7520.

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