Teaching Dual Language Learners Certificate

The Teaching Dual Language Learners (TDLL) microcredential is designed to prepare BC graduates to work in settings where instruction takes place in two languages. Through targeted coursework, students will become familiar with the foundations of bilingual education, infusing language into content instruction, and teaching reading and language arts in Spanish as well as English. The work undertaken by TDLL scholars prepares educators for teaching in both monolingual and bilingual educational settings. You will work with Lynch School faculty with extensive expertise in dual language teaching and learning. Practicum placements in partner lab schools in the greater Boston area provide critical points of practice for teaching in dual language settings. The TDLL microcredential accompanies the state-level certification associated with elementary and literacy specialist licensure programs.

What will I study?


  • Courses: 4 and
    a field experience
  • Credits: 13
Course Course Title Credit Undergraduate Graduate
Foundations of Bilingual and Dual Language Education 1   X
Teaching Bilingual Language Arts 3   X
Bilingualism, Second Language, and Literacy Acquisition 3   X
EDUC 6346 Teaching Bilingual Students  3 X X
Bilingual Literacy and Literature 3   X
EDUC 3308 Bilingualism in School and Communities 3 X  
EDUC 7621 Bilingualism, Second Language and Literacy Development  3   X
Bilingual Learners/English Language Learners Field Experience
1 X X

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November 1
Regular Decision
December 1
Late Decision
March 1

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A non-refundable application fee of $65 is required, however, this fee is waived for select applicants. To view the list of approved waivers, view the fee waiver form below.

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In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include:

  • Any teaching or counseling experience (including any licenses already held);
  • Any social justice related experience; 
  • Any language skills other than English (especially Spanish language skills) and;
  • Any research experience or publications


Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In 1,000-1,500 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.


Official transcripts, bearing the official seal of the institution and the signature of the registrar or relevant administrator, are required for all post-secondary education. Undergraduate transcripts are required and graduate level transcripts are accepted, but not required. Official transcripts are only required after acceptance and that unofficial copies are acceptable to be uploaded in the application.

Transcripts must be mailed to the following address:

Boston College, Lynch School of Education
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P.O. Box 8027
Portsmouth, NH 03802

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Boston College, Lynch School of Education
Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467


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