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Ruth S. Ammon School of Education

Clinically Rich Intensive Teacher Institute (CR-ITI) in Bilingual Education/ TESOL

Preparing students to meet the demands of diverse communities

If you are a socially active, dedicated and professionally involved teacher or related support professional who would like to be better prepared to meet the needs of our increasingly diverse communities, our Clinically Rich Intensive Teacher Institute (CR-ITI) can help you meet your goals. It combines theory with practice and helps you gain a better understanding, awareness and sensitivity of gender, race, faith, class and ability in P-12 school-age children.

Who Is Eligible For The CR-ITI Grant Program?

Full-time teachers with initial or professional licensure who are committed to serving English as a New Language (ENL) students in their schools

How Many Credits Is This Program?

The CR-ITI program is a 15-credit (five graduate-level courses) program leading to an advanced certificate in English as a Second Langauge.

Manhattan Cohort Schedule

Long Island Cohort Schedule

Do The Teachers In The CR-ITI Program Have To Finish The Program Within This Time Frame?

Yes. The 20 admitted teachers for both Manhattan and Long Island (40 overall) will take the whole program as a cohort and apply for New York State TESOL certification when finished.

What are the Expected Costs?

To find specific tuition and financial aid details please contact one of the Program Directors below.

Where Do The Classes Meet?

Long Island Cohort

This will be a fully online program.

Manhattan Cohort

Adelphi University Manhattan Center
75 Varick Street, Second Floor
New York, NY 10013

Classes for the Spring 2020 semester will start in January 2020, and will meet after school hours.

What Are My Responsibilities As a CR-ITI Grant Recipient?

Complete the five required courses with the CR-ITI cohort, work with a mentor teacher from your school, attend a half-day online summer institute in June and work with the ENL students in your district for two years after completing the program.

Who Will Be My Mentor Teacher?

Your mentor teacher is a certified ENL teacher in your school with extensive experience working with ENL students.

What Does My Mentor Need To Do?

Your mentor will observe you working with the ENL students twice throughout the program. You will also observe your mentor teaching ENL students twice throughout the program.

Both of you will attend an online summer institute in June and maintain active communication throughout the program regarding issues related to teaching ENL students. Your mentor teacher will receive $600 for mentoring you throughout the program.

Why Should I Complete This Program With Adelphi University?

The CR-ITI program at Adelphi University offers a rich experience in the four following domains:

  1. Orientation—Racial, ethnic and linguistic equity is at the center of our view and practice of multilingual and multicultural education.
  2. Experimentation—Our program provides teacher candidates with the opportunity to experience Equity Lab, which immerses educators in creating the change they want to see in their own class and community.
  3. Location—Our New York City location in lower Manhattan puts you at the heart of the most diverse and cosmopolitan city in the world. If you’re participating in the Long Island cohort, you’re only a quick train ride away. 
  4. Flexibility—Our delivery model is respectful of teacher candidates’ time and learning process. All classes are hybrid, offering the convenience of face-to-face meetings.

How Do I Apply?

The application requirements for this program are as follows:

  1. Official college/university transcripts
  2. Two recommendation letters (One needs to come from the principal.)
  3. Two-page self-statement detailing the reasons for joining the program
  4. Credit requirements: 12 undergraduate credits in a foreign language (If not, please expect to take a CLEP or NYU foreign language test by the end of the program.)

» Apply for the Manhattan Cohort

For more information, please contact:

Eva Roca
TESOL/Bilingual Program Director
e –
p – 516.877.4072

Ming-Hsuan Wu
CR-ITI-BE/TESOL Program Director
e –
p – 516.877.4071


For further information, please contact:

Ruth S. Ammon School of Education
p – 516.877.4100

Office of University Admissions
p – 800.ADELPHI
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