The Lynch School of Education offers a variety of minors open to Lynch School students, as well as some minors that are open to undergraduate students throughout the university. Please visit the Office of Undergraduate Student Services in Campion 104 & 106 for additional information.
Boston College LSOE offers a certificate in Teaching English Language Learners.
Candidates should be working toward a licensure in an education field (early childhood, elementary, secondary, reading and others). This program is designed to prepare mainstream teachers to work with bilingual learners/English Language Learners in their mainstream classroom settings.
The certificate requires undergraduate students take two courses: ED346 Teaching Bilingual Students and ED 308 Bilingualism in School and Communities. In addition, candidates need to do a field experience in a classroom that includes bilingual learners.
Teaching mathematics in the middle school is great fun and teachers in this area are in great need. Less than twenty-five percent of the middle school mathematics teachers in the United States of America are currently certified to teach mathematics at the middle school level.
While the minor does not lead directly to middle school mathematics certification at Boston College (we do not offer any middle school certification), it does fulfill the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics requirements for middle school teachers of mathematics. With this minor, acquiring middle school mathematics certification in Massachusetts should not be difficult.
A minor in Middle School Mathematics Teaching is available to undergraduates who are either:
A minor in Management and Leadership is offered to students in the Lynch School of Education who are interested in pursuing management careers. This minor focuses on the behavioral side of management by offering courses designed to increase students’ knowledge of leadership and management and build skills in these areas. Students must complete six courses offered by the Management and Organization Department. The Management and Leadership minor will help students develop and enhance their ability to lead and manage people and organizations. More specifically, students will
The minor is completed by taking two required courses and four MB electives.
Students must have a 3.5 gpa and apply to this minor by October 15.
Offered by CSOM for Applied Psychology and Human Development Majors
The Special Education Concentration is available to Lynch School of Education students only. This includes students majoring in Elementary Education, Secondary Education and Applied Psychology & Human Development who have an interest in special needs education.
The minor consists of four courses that include:
Interested students must stop by Campion 104 to declare this concentration.
The Department of Teacher Education, Special Education, Curriculum and Instruction has designed a Special Education Concentration available for students in Elementary Education and Secondary Education as well as students in the Applied Psychology & Human Development major. The concentration is designed to enhance the ability of future professionals to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population of children in America’s schools. The required courses provide an excellent background in responding to the wide range of learning and behavior problems that may be encountered in a general education classroom. The elective(s) will be selected from a wide choice of courses offered in the graduate program in Moderate and Intense Special Needs.
The advantages to the concentration include:
The new interdisciplinary minor, Leadership in Higher Education and Community Settings is being offered by the Lynch School of Education to students in the Lynch School of Education, as well as Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, Connell School of Nursing, and Carroll School of Management. This new minor serves students who are interested in college student development and in the applications of psychology to work settings in institutions of higher education, in local and international non-government organizations and/or in community-based programs.
The minor consists of six courses (18 credits), which are taken in the Lynch School of Education and the Carroll School of Management. The Leadership in Higher Education and Community Settings minor includes 2 required courses (6 credits) and 4 courses (12 credits) that must be selected from the list of approved courses.
This is a new interdisciplinary minor offered to all Boston College Students
The Department of Theatre is offering an Educational Theatre Minor designed for Lynch School of Education students in Teacher Education and Applied Psychology and Human Development. This new minor provides drama education and theatre training to LSOE students who hope to include theatre as a subject they teach and practice in school settings and/or who want to use creative dramatics and applied theatre techniques as teaching tools in other institutional settings. As research consistently supports the impact of creative dramatics on students’ self-esteem, literacy achievement, overall stamina, and psychological health (Brinda, 2008; Dupont, 1998; Moran, 2006), the study and practice of theatre arts, richly enhances pedagogy for teachers and human service providers. Furthermore, Theatre techniques have also emerged as a successful intervention for students with moderate and severe special needs (Hipsky, 2007), thus complementing a special needs concentration. This minor is comprised of 6 courses and 2 labs for a total of 20 credits.
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(Class of 2018 & beyond)
Open to all MCAS majors, Management, and Nursing undergraduates
Although this Minor does NOT lead to certification, it provides courses that establish foundational knowledge of child development, learning, special education, and bilingualism. This minor is an excellent choice for someone who is thinking about enrolling in the 5th year program in Elementary or Secondary Education or Applied Psychology and Human Development. Also a good choice for students considering the Peace Corps or other volunteer service opportunities or work in informal settings, such as community-based after-school programs.
All students except Lynch School students are eligible to declare this minor.
Students must declare this minor by their junior year.
The minor consists of five (5) required courses plus an elective (3 credits). These courses are listed below and descriptions can also be found in the Boston College Undergraduate catalog. Students must complete all 6 courses (18 credits) in the Lynch School of Education to fulfill this minor.
Open only to Carroll School of Management undergraduates
Students in the Carroll School who have interests in developmental or educational psychology, or in the social service professions, may elect a minor in Applied Psychology & Human Development in the Lynch School.
Download a complete list of APHD program requirements and the minor application (PDF).
This minor does not lead to state licensure. Applications should be submitted no later than September of a student's junior year.
Questions? E-mail Maureen Raymond, Associate Director, Campion 104.
Open only to select MCAS majors
The Secondary Education Minor, offered by the Lynch School of Education, enables students to combine a liberal arts education and scholarship in a major discipline with professional study and practice. The program is founded on the belief that high school teaching is an important profession, requiring a lifelong commitment to service and professional growth. The program aims to prepare teachers to assist their students to develop as human and humane individuals: knowledgeable, skilled and caring. To fulfill this responsibility requires teachers who are perceptive and sensitive people, able to communicate well, dedicated to both the art and the science of teaching and committed to the belief that whatever and whenever the rewards, what excellent teachers do is significant and worthwhile.
Students from the College of Arts and Sciences who major in the following are eligible:
This program usually begins in the sophomore year. Only those students majoring in the disciplines listed above may apply for the minor. This minor leads to state certification in each area listed. Certification requires successful completion of the Massachusetts Teacher Test. Information regarding the teacher test is available at www.doe.mass.edu and at www.mtel.nesinc.com.
Requirements for the Secondary Education Minor include 32 courses from the College of Arts and Sciences, six courses drawn from the areas of psychology and philosophy, strategies for teaching, and a semester of student teaching. Several courses include field-based components in which the student observes and participates in the classroom and prepares to exercise the abilities he or she will need as a senior in student teaching. Taken together, the professional courses and field experiences help develop skills in communication, instruction, and evaluation. They also provide a forum for examining and strengthening one's sense of equity, as well as one's sensitivity and responsiveness to students in need.
For more information download a complete list of program requirements (PDF) or visit the Office for Undergraduate Students, Campion 104.
Interested students should apply before the end of sophomore year.
Open to Students in the Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences and Caroll School of Management
The Department of Teacher Education, Special Education, & Curriculum and Instruction (LSOE) offers the Inclusive Education minor for students enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences and Caroll School of Management. The minor is designed to (a) introduce students to the world of disabilities and special education, with an emphasis on special education practice, and (b) enhance the ability of future professionals to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population of students in America’s schools. Many students are interested in complementing their major field of study with study of disabilities, education, and human diversity. Further, a portion of BC graduates become involved in education fields through such endeavors as enrollment in Masters degree programs in education and teaching via programs such as Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Peace Corps, Teach for America, and private school teaching. The proposed minor is compatible with efforts of A&S, CSOM, and Lynch School of Education’s joint Teachers for a New Era initiative. The six-course minor is consistent with the number of courses/credits required for minors in the College of Arts & Sciences and Caroll School of Management, and includes two courses that students may take as part of BC core requirements (APSY1030, APSY1031).
The advantages of the Inclusive Education Minor include:
Interested students may submit an application to Campion Hall 104.