Certificate in Serving Exceptional Learners in Catholic Schools

The Certificate in Serving Exceptional Learners in Catholic Schools is designed to prepare participants to serve the diverse learning and behavioral needs of their students who are atypical learners. Teachers will sharpen their skills in managing classrooms of diverse learners, connect their practice with new research findings, and learn practical strategies to enhance student learning. Although this certificate does not fully prepare teachers to be special educators, it addresses the key strategies needed for serving these students in Catholic school classrooms.

The Department of Teacher Education/Special Education, Curriculum & Instruction provides this preparation within the highly ranked and internationally recognized Lynch School of Education and Human Development. Our geographic proximity to the concentration of academic and nonprofit institutions in the Greater Boston and Northeast region—and our extraordinary alumni network—provide significant opportunities to enhance your professional career.

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At a Glance

How many courses?

The first option is a 4 course, 8 credit certificate.
The second option involves completion of the certificate as part of a Boston College master's or doctoral program. 

How long will it take?

The certificate requirements may be completed in one summer.

When can I start?

Students can begin the program in the fall, spring, or summer semesters. 


Course Number Course Name Credits Offered Every Fall Offered Every Spring Offered Every Summer
EDUC6374 Management of the Behavior of Students with Special Needs 3 X   X
EDUC6589 Teaching & Learning Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms  3   X X
EDUC6590 Universal Design for Learning  1     X
EDUC7411  Catholic Formation for Exceptional Learners Seminar 1     X
Total Credits   8      

*Subject to change. Please check with your advisor for the specific years each course is offered.

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