Certificate in Bilingual Education

Certificate in Bilingual Education

The Bilingual Education Certificate (BEC) is a 3-course sequence designed to meet the subject matter knowledge requirements for bilingual education endorsement from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The courses share a unifying view of linguistic equity and justice that centers the linguistic knowledge and lived experiences of bilingual children and youth in schools.


The sequence begins with a focus on the historical and political foundations of bilingual education in the United States, and in Massachusetts. The second course explores theoretical principles and empirical studies of bilingualism in contemporary research contexts. In the final course, BEC students apply the history, policy, theory, and research of bilingual education to their current teaching contexts.


  • Courses: 3
  • Credits: 7





Application & Deadline

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Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 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. 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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