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Special classes for ELLs/MLLs

English Language Learners (ELLs)/Multi-Lingual Learners (MLLs) recommended to receive specialized instruction in special classes may be served in bilingual special classes or in special classes with students who are not ELLs/MLLs.

In bilingual special classes, a special education teacher with a bilingual extension is able to provide English as a New Language services to ELLs/MLLs. In non-bilingual special classes Integrated English as a New Language services must be provided by a second teacher certified in English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). According to state regulations recently clarified by NYSED, a dually certified teacher in Students with Disabilities and ESOL is not permitted to provide ENL services.

When programming students to receive integrated ENL services, IEP mandated student ratios must be maintained.