This certificate 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 BEC scholars prepares educators for teaching in both monolingual and bilingual educational settings. You will work with Lynch School faculty with extensive expertise in bilingual teaching and learning. Practicum placements in partner bilingual schools in the greater Boston area provide critical points of practice for teaching. The BEC accompanies the state-level certification associated with elementary and literacy specialist licensure programs.
You will learn about the foundations of bilingual education, enhanced ways of teaching language through content, bilingual language arts and literacy instruction, and text selection for multilingual children and youth. Your practicum experiences will provide critical experience in applying coursework foundations to bilingual classroom settings.
There are two avenues for earning the BEC, which are reflected in the two programs of study.
In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include:
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.
Undergraduate transcripts are required as part of the application process and graduate transcripts are accepted, but not required. Please note the following:
Only official transcripts, bearing the official seal of the institution and the signature of the relevant administrator, are acceptable.
Copies and unofficial transcripts are not acceptable.
If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate degree at the time your transcript is sent, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.
Transcripts must be mailed to the following address:
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