Bilingual/Bicultural Education (Ed.S.)

(Admission Suspended)

The purpose of this program is to train bilingual education leaders who will become school managers and administrators. The program assists them to attain the Ed.S. degree in Education Leadership, Management and Policy, with a concentration in Bilingual/Bicultural Education. Seton Hall University has designed a highly effective quality, competency-based Ed.S. program.

The program has received federal funding under the National Professional Development from the US Office of Education. Eligible students receive grant support to cover part of the cost of tuition. The program is designed to satisfy the needs of school districts to manage educational programs serving groups of language minority students in target languages such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and Spanish.

At the end of the program, students will receive the Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree and be eligible for New Jersey certification as a supervisor and a school leader. The program offers articulation with various school districts in New Jersey and has a strong track record of placement of former graduates in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. The program incorporates the latest research on best practices and instructional effectiveness. The competencies of the program have been updated every year to comply with state standards and complies with UNESCO guidelines.

Admission Criteria

Candidates must satisfy the following admission criteria:

  • MA degree in a relevant area of education.
  • Demonstrate native or near-native command of English and the target language (Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Japanese, Haitian Creole, Portuguese or Spanish).
  • GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Three years of teaching and/or administrative experience in a relevant work setting where bilingual/bicultural skills were used.
  • Written examples of previous academic work showing research ability in the field of education and Bilingual/Bicultural education.
  • Statement of professional goals and rationale for applying to the program.
  • Acceptable score on the Miller Analogy Test or Graduate Record Examination.
  • Personal interview showing knowledge of bilingual/bicultural education, and previous record of service and commitment to bilingual/bicultural education, as well as competency in the language considered the target of service.
  • Commitment to bilingual/bicultural education as reflected in educational and professional past experience.
  • US citizenship or permanent residency status.
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from present employer and two from professors who can evaluate professional competence of the applicant.

Students who want to participate in the National Professional Development Program must complete the requirements of the department necessary to receive the Ed.S. Degree in Education Leadership, Management and Policy, and take specialized courses to fulfill the competencies in bilingual/bicultural Education.

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