How to access a Bilingual Special Education Program

Bilingual Special Education (BSE) is a specialized program for students who require an Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) or Special Class (SC) with a language of instruction other than English. These programs are intended to support English Language Learners/Multilingual Learners who benefit from culturally and linguistically responsive instruction that address cognitive, academic, and linguistic needs.

Step 1: Individualized Education program (IEP) Document

The IEP provides recommendations on special education programs and services.


The IEP section “Recommended Special Education Programs and Services” must recommend ICT or Special Class program with a language of instruction
other than English. The language should be recommended in the Service Delivery Recommendations.


Student will be eligible for placement in a BSE Program.

All recommended special education programs and services should be a reflection of the needs of the students through the IEP.


Step 2: Initial Review

The school IEP team or the family needs to contact the Central BSE programs team at BSEprograms@schools.nyc.gov to submit the inquiry.


The Central BSE Programs Team will review the student’s IEP to:

    1. Confirm that it recommends a bilingual ICT or Special Class

    2. Identify the Dual Language/Transitional Bilingual Education program with available seats that is closest to the student's home



  • If you email the Central BSE programs team, you will receive an email acknowledging your inquiry.
  • The Central BSE programs team will notify your child’s school or district Committee on Special Education to let them know that the family is interested in a BSE program for the student.


Step 3: School Placement

If Central BSE program team is NOT able to offer a placement in a BSE Program
the student should be supported by a Bilingual Alternate Placement Paraprofessional in a Monolingual (English) ICT or Special Class while the Central BSE programs team continues to look for an available Bilingual Special Education Program.
If Central BSE program team is able to offer a placement in a BSE Program



you will receive a School Location Letter providing an identified school with an available seat in the BSE Program.



Step 4: Visiting and Admission

The school location letter will contain the name of the contact person and the address of the school with a BSE program.


Families should call the school to make an appointment for a visit.


Contact the IEP team at the school your child currently attends to inform them whether you are accepting or declining the BSE program offer.


Step 5: ​Registering at New School

When you accept the BSE placement offer, take theSchool Location Letter (SLL) along with a copy of your child’s birth certificate, and two proofs of your address to register your child at the BSE Program School.


Additional Recommendations

  • BSE is a specialized program because it is NOT offered in every district 1-32 school.
  • A student may need to transfer schools to receive their IEP recommended BSE program. If the school is not near the family's home, the child is entitled to transportation.
  • Families and schools may contact the Central BSE programs team at anytime during the year to submit an inquiry or ask a question by emailing BSEprograms@schools.nyc.gov.