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Bilingual Special Education

Area of Study:              BILINGUAL SPECIAL EDUCATION

Semester of Entry:       FALL 

Application Period:     JANUARY 1 - APRIL 30

Languages:                  SPANISH (other languages as determined by the needs of the NYC Public Schools)

Level of Study:            MASTER'S DEGREE


                                    UNIVERSITIES LISTED BELOW:


Adelphi University - Garden City Dianna Schwinge (516) 877-4072 schwinge@adelphi.edu
Adelphi University - Manhattan  Dianna Schwinge (516) 877-4072 schwinge@adelphi.edu
Bank Street College of Education Jesse Nguyen (212) 875-4460 jnguyen@bankstreet.edu
CUNY Lehman College Lingyu Li, Ph.D. (608) 405-9148 lingyu.li1@lehman.cuny.edu
Fordham University Dr. Su-Je Cho (212) 636-6444 scho@fordham.edu
Long Island University - Brooklyn Dr. Albert Inserra (516) 299-2210 albert.inserra@liu.edu
Manhattan College Dr. Kate Hathaway (908) 862-7373 khathaway01@manhattan.edu
St. John's University Ishita Khemka, Ph.D. (718) 990-2631 khemkai@stjohns.edu



Required documents must be submitted at application filing.

  • An unofficial or official transcript - Proof of a Bachelor's Degree conferred by June 30th of the current application year and proof of undergraduate G.P.A. of at least 3.0.
  • Proof of U.S citizenship or permanent resident status (e.g., Birth Certificates, Passport, or Alien Registration Card).
  • A completed College Acceptance Form from a participating college or university stating applicant has been accepted unconditionally as a fully matriculated graduate student.
  • Two (2) reference letters.
  • Payment of the non-refundable application fee of $75.00, due at application filing.


Scholarship Program entrants must sign a contract with the NYC Public Schools. In accepting the award, they accept the provisions of the contract, which include, but are not limited to, the following terms and conditions:

  • Awardees must meet the standards of the college they attend and remain in good standing in their program.
  • Awardees must not have benefited from or participated in any other incentive programs administered by the NYC Public Schools (i.e., Loan Forgiveness Program, Teachers of Tomorrow, Intensive Teacher Institute in Bilingual Special Education (ITI-BSE), New York City Teaching Fellows, Teach for America, I-Start, New Visions Urban Teacher Residency Program, Success Via Apprenticeship, Math for America, etc.).
  • Awardees must complete a minimum of 18 credits per year with a grade of B or better in each course.
  • Participants shall serve as New York State certified bilingual special education teachers two (2) years for every year the Scholarship is awarded or any part thereof. Example: The scholarship is awarded for one and a half years, the participant will owe four (4) years of service.
  • Program participants are required to obtain both a New York State Certificate as a Teacher of Special Education and a bilingual extension (other than elementary).
  • An awardee who has failed to commence their service obligation will be required to repay the total year plus nine (9%) interest within two (2) years of the last award semester. A pro-rated repayment schedule shall be established for any awardee that completes only a portion of their service obligation within the specified period.

 The following testing requirements are for candidates to obtain New York State certification:

  • Upon acceptance into the Scholarship Program, participants must take and pass the Bilingual Education Assessment (BEA) examination.
  • To meet New York State teaching certification requirements, participants are also required to take and pass the Educating All Students Test (EAS) during the first year of the scholarship program.
  • Additionally, participants are required to take and pass both the Students with Disabilities Content Specialty Test (SWD-CST) and the Multiple-Subject Content Specialty Test (MS-CST) during the second year of the scholarship.
  • Participants are also required to complete the Teacher Performance Assessment - Portfolio (edTPA) in Special Education.  Assessment completion normally occurs during the participants last year in the graduate program as part of their Student Teaching/Internship experience.
  • Participants must receive at least a "B" or better in each degree-required course (all courses required to complete the approved program) subsidized by the Department until the Participant's degree requirements are completed. 
  • Participants must also meet all attendance, academic, and all other standards of the college or university and program in which he/she/they are a matriculant. 
  • The Department of Education will not pay for grades below "B" or for grades of Incomplete not made up by the midpoint of the following semester.
  • Current pedagogical or clinical employees of the NYC Public Schools are not eligible to participate in the Scholarship Program.
  •  Applicants who have already achieved New York State or reciprocal state certification are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must not have benefited from or participated in any other incentive programs administered by the NYC Public Schools (i.e., Teachers of Tomorrow, Loan Forgiveness Program, Intensive Teacher Institute in Bilingual Special Education (ITI-BSE), New York City Teaching Fellows, Teach for America, I-Start, New Visions Urban Teacher Residency Program, Success Via Apprenticeship, Math for America, etc.).
  • Applicants who have already completed a master's degree program in education are not eligible to apply.

The awardee must secure employment in a New York City Public School in one of the following school districts:

  • Bronx Districts - 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12
  • Brooklyn Districts - 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, and 32
  • Queens Districts - 23 and 27
  • District 75 - Brooklyn and Bronx schools only
  • The NYC Public Schools will reimburse the college the cost of tuition through the completion of the Master's Degree.
  • Prerequisite and undergraduate coursework, other fees and expenses are NOT covered and are the responsibility of the student.




Implementation of the Jose P. Graduate Scholarship Program is contingent upon the availability of funding and the staffing needs of the New York City Public Schools.

If you require further information, please email JosePScholarship@schools.nyc.gov or call the Office of Scholarships, Incentives, and Pupil Personnel Services.