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Scholarship Program

Area of Study:


Semester of Entry:

  Fall 2015 

Application Deadline:

  Friday, May 15, 2015


  Spanish (other languages as determined by the needs of the NYC Department of Education).

Level of Study:


Program of Study:

  A State-approved Bilingual Special Education program at a college/university listed below:






Adelphi University - Garden City

Eva M. Roca

516 877-4072


Adelphi University – Manhattan

Christopher Church

212 965-8340 ext. 8351


Bank Street College

Dr. Nilda Bayron-Resnick

212 875-4543


CUNY Lehman College

Dr. M. Victoria Rodriguez

718 960-8149


Fordham University

Dr. Su-Je Cho

212 636-6444


Long Island University-Brooklyn

Dr. Susan Baglieri

718 488-1387


Manhattan College

Dr. Elizabeth M. Kosky

(718) 862-7969


Eligibility Requirements

  • Possession of a Bachelor's Degree.
  • Cumulative undergraduate G.P.A. of at least 3.0.
  • U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency status.
  • If you have applied to a graduate school and your acceptance is pending, please submit a written statement to that effect. If you have been accepted as a matriculated graduate student into an approved participating Bilingual Special Education program, proof of unconditional acceptance is required. The Scholarship Program does NOT pay for prerequisite credits.
  • Two (2) letters of reference (1 personal, 1 professional)
  • Proficiency in English and a language other than English. Languages other than English as determined by the NYC Department of Education.
  • Eligible applicants will be required to complete a written assessment in English and/other target language at the interview site.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $50.00 in the form of a Money Order made payable to the New York City Department of Education.


  • Current pedagogical or clinical employees of the NYC Department of Education are not eligible to participate in the Scholarship Program.
  • Applicants who have already achieved NYS or reciprocal state certification are not eligible to apply.
  • If you have completed a master's degree program in education you are not eligible to apply to the scholarship program.


The NYC Department of Education will reimburse the college the cost of tuition through completion of the Master's Degree. Prerequisite and undergraduate coursework, other fees and expenses are NOT covered, and are the responsibility of the student.

Testing Requirements

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

  • In order to meet New York State teaching certification requirements, participants are required to take and pass the Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST) and the Teacher Performance Assessment (Portfolio) (TPA) and the Educating All Students Tests (EAST) during the first year of the scholarship program.
  • Participants are required to take and pass both the Students With Disabilities (CST-SWD) and the Multiple Subject Content Specialty Test (CST-MS) during the second year of the scholarship.
  • Bilingual participants are required to take and pass the Bilingual Education Assessment (BEA) examination during the first semester of the scholarship program.

Contractual Agreement

Scholarship Program entrants must sign a contract with the NYC Department of Education. 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 Department of Education (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.).
  • Scholarship recipients 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). Please consult your advisor.

Implementation of the Scholarship Program is contingent upon the availability of resources and the staffing needs of the NYC Department of Education.

If you require further information, please call the Office of Scholarship and Incentive Programs at (718) 935-2449. We look forward to receiving your application.

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