Certificate in Deafblindness

Boston College is the oldest and most established teacher preparation program in deafblindness in the United States. In addition to completing the requirements for the Severe Disabilities Program (which includes content on deafblindness), students will either have the following competencies and/or take the following coursework:

  • Sign Language (basic competency or Sign I)
  • Braille (basic competency or Braille I)
  • Deafblind Seminar
  • Language Acquisition Module

Faculty Program Coordinator

Dr. Susan Bruce

How to Apply

Program Faculty & Expertise

Funding Your Studies

Majors in Severe Disabilities are prioritized for paraprofessional positions at the Campus School at Boston College. These positions provide salary, benefits and 6 credits of tuition-free coursework each fall and spring semester. Research opportunities and funding may be available.


Application Information




Early Decision
November 1
Regular Decision
December 1
Late Decision
March 1

Application Form

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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.


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

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