New state proposal would require at least 3 semester hours of study for English language learners

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The New York State Education Department proposed regulatory changes that would require teacher preparation programs in certain subject areas to dedicate at least three of the currently required six semester hours in language acquisition and literacy development to language acquisition and literacy development of English language learners (ELLs).

“We need to support our Multilingual and English language learners and provide them with equity and access to instruction that will help them thrive,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa said. “Courses in language acquisition and literacy development will help young teachers meet the particular needs of these students and build on the success we are seeing in New York’s ELL programs.”

A three-semester hour course would address topics such as ELL instructional needs, co-teaching strategies, and integrating language and content instruction for ELLs.

Teacher preparation programs affected by this revision prepare teachers of:

  • early childhood education, childhood education, middle childhood education, and adolescence education;
  • teachers of students with disabilities, students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, students who are blind or visually impaired, and students with speech and language disabilities;
  • teachers of English to speakers of other languages; and
  • library media specialists.

 A Notice of Proposed Rule-making will be published in the State Register on April 24.

Comments on the proposed changes will be accepted through June 24 and can be submitted by email to

Following the 60-day public comment period required under the State Administrative Procedure Act, it is anticipated that the proposed amendment will be presented to the Board of Regents for adoption at its September 2019 meeting.

If adopted, the proposed amendment will become effective on September 25, 2019.

The revision would apply to registered programs beginning on September 1, 2022.

Read more on the proposal here. 

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