Prof. Brian Collins
A master’s level Childhood Education with a Bilingual Extension program has existed at Hunter College since 1983. Today there is also an Early Childhood master’s degree with Bilingual Extension program and a free-standing Advanced Certificate for certified teachers who wish to obtain the extension only.
These outstanding bilingual teacher preparation programs are dedicated to developing skilled, knowledgeable, caring teachers who will provide meaningful schooling experiences to English language learners. The core beliefs that guide the program include (a) additive bilingualism as a desired goal for learners, (b) diversity viewed as a strength upon which to build learning, (c) assessment of cognition, first and second language development and socio-emotional learning as a measure of student growth, and, (d) families and communities as a source of strength and knowledge in the development of children as learners.
Entry into the programs include interviews and on-site writing in Spanish/French/Chinese and English to ensure proficiency in both languages. The programs provide a supportive and caring environment for the teacher candidates. The program components and students’ collaborative experiences in the program enable teacher candidates to develop the knowledge, skills, and understandings needed to provide equitable and excellent teaching and learning for English language learners.