Bilingual Education Certificate for Catholic School Educators

The Bilingual Education Certificate (BEC) is an instructional series designed for Catholic school teachers who wish to earn a certificate from the Boston College Lynch School of Education and Human Development. Together, in community, a cohort of Catholic educators take online four courses over the span of four semesters.

At a Glance

120 Professional Development Points

4 Courses

Fully Online

Catholic Bilingual Education Courses

Beginning each fall, a cohort of Catholic educators take together online the four courses below, which result in 120 professional development points (PDPs) and a certificate in bilingual education. 

  • Foundations of Bilingual and Dual Language Education (1 unit);
  • Bilingualism, Second Language, and Literacy Development (3 units); 
  • Bilingual Literacy and Literature (3 units); and 
  • Teaching Writing (1 unit).

Together in community through synchronous and asynchronous sessions, participants will discuss readings, complete assignments, and consider how content can be applied in their respective school settings. Areas of focus and topics addressed throughout the certificate program include: the social and political contexts of language use and instruction; enhanced ways of teaching language through content; bilingual language arts and literacy instruction; and text selection for multilingual youth.

Certificate Information



The Bilingual Education Certificate for Catholic Educators is designed for elementary and secondary Catholic school teachers and leaders working in dual-language schools or interested in bilingual education. TWIN-CS school participants are preferred.

2021-2022 Dates

The program begins on January 10th, 2022 and runs through November 18th, 2022.



Total cost for the Bilingual Education Certificate for Catholic Educators is $3,200 per person, which includes all four courses.



Registration is limited to 15 schools per year.

The deadline to register is December 11 of each year.



Contact Elena Sada, program director for the Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools, at


About the Facilitator: Elena Sada, Ph.D.

Molly McMahon

Dr. Elena Sada, program director for the Roche Center's Two-Way Immersion Network of Catholic Schools (TWIN-CS), has more than 20 years of experience working with teachers and leaders implementing dual language and world language programs. As TWIN-CS program director, Elena oversees a national network of 21 dual language Catholic schools that share research, ideas, techniques, and resources to support students in becoming bilingual and biliterate. She holds a doctorate in bilingual education from the University of Connecticut.

Multilingual World: Multilingual ChurchCatholic schools are urged to "undertake the special effort necessary" to help students guard their cultures and language for the enrichment of the world.

Source: Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity, 2000 USCCB document