Certificate in Bilingual Education

Certificate in Bilingual Education

The Bilingual Education Certificate (BEC) is an instructional series designed for teachers who wish to earn the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) endorsement for bilingual education. 

BEC courses share in common a unifying view of equity and justice that recognizes intersections between race and language. Instructors work with participants to view themselves and their instruction through a critical lens that sees how these intersections can be recognized and used for enhancing instruction.

The first two courses are focused on the history and politics of bilingual education, and on theory and research in bilingualism and second language acquisition. The remaining courses move directly into instructional applications, specifically highlighting critical literacy and language arts teaching in bilingual education settings.

Throughout your certificate work, you will engage with Lynch School faculty and doctoral students with extensive expertise in bilingual education, teaching, learning, and curriculum. The Bilingual Education Certificate is an endorsement that accompanies the state-level certification associated with elementary and literacy specialist licensure programs.

Program Faculty & Expertise

What will I study?


  • Courses: 5-6
  • Credits: 13

This certificate is for students enrolled at Boston college who are earning their licensure. Completing the certificate will make candidates eligible for state level endorsement for bilingual education. 

Certificate for Boston College Licensure Students

Application Information




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A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required, however, this fee is waived for select applicants.


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.


All official undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be sent to our office before the application deadline. Please note the following:

  • Only official sealed (unopened) transcripts are acceptable. An official postsecondary transcript must be printed on official institutional paper and include at least one of the following: an institutional watermark, the registrar’s signature, or the registrar's seal.

  • Copies and unofficial transcripts sent directly from applicants are not acceptable, the transcript must come directly from the institution.

  • If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate and/or graduate degree, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.

Official electronic transcripts are accepted when sent directly to gsoe@bc.edu from the institution. When requesting electronic transcripts, you must manually type in gsoe@bc.edu to ensure it is received by our office. 

Mailed transcript(s) should be sent to the following address:

Lynch Office of Graduate Admissions, Boston College
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

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