For Students Pursuing a Career in Bilingual Education
Bilingual Pupil Services (BPS) prepares and trains bilingual paraprofessionals in pursuit of a teaching career to support and serve English Language Learners (ELLs) in Title I public elementary schools. The goal is to promote linguistic and academic progress of these students, whose primary language is Spanish, Chinese, or Haitian-Creole, by providing supportive instructional services through the assignment of our BPS teacher interns.
Interns admitted into the BPS program receive many benefits. They are placed in a bilingual or ENL setting at participating schools throughout NYC and receive salary including benefits as UFT paraprofessionals while they take classes to complete their Bachelor's degree. In addition to a paid para-internship teaching experience, the program also pays for their college tuition (9 credits per semester at any of the participating senior colleges for an accredited program leading to a Bachelor’s degree and New York State certification in bilingual education, bilingual special education, or ENL), and offers professional development, educational resources, exam prep workshops, mentorship, and job placement assistance.
In order to be considered for the BPS Program, prospective candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Enrollment in an undergraduate teacher certification program at a participating college or university (specifically in bilingual childhood education or ENL track)
- Fluency in English AND a second language (Spanish, Chinese, or Haitian-Creole) as demonstrated by performance on a written assessment and oral interview IF choosing the bilingual education track
- Accumulation of at least 75 college credits toward a Bachelor's Degree in education, and a minimum GPA of 2.8
- Completion of mandated Child Abuse Identification, School Violence Prevention and Intervention, and Anti-Bullying/DASA workshops
- Passing score on any of the required New York State Teacher Certification Examinations
- College transcript(s) for verification of credits and performance
- U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency as required by New York State Education Department for certification
If you have any questions, please email BPS@schools.nyc.gov.
Use the online application form to apply for the BPS program, and forward all required documents to:
New York City Department of Education
Bilingual Pupil Services Program
65 Court Street, Room 508
Brooklyn, NY 11201