Certificate Programs

Certificate Programs 

Students and professionals can enhance their knowledge and advance their careers through several certificate programs. Each program can be completed on its own or as part of a master’s degree.

The Lynch School has five departments:

Explore Our Certificate Programs

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Autism Spectrum Disorder Certificate
<h3><strong>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS&nbsp;</strong></h3> <ul> <li>All students complete a field experience as part of the certificate.</li> <li>Develop expertise in a range of evidence-based strategies for educating students with ASD.</li> <li>Engage with critiques of ASD research and service provision levied by members of the autism community.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Learn how to better serve students with ASD by understanding the nature of autism and the educational techniques that best meet these students’ unique needs.</p>
Bilingual Education Certificate
<h3><b>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS&nbsp;</b></h3> <ul> <li>Courses advance a view of equity and justice that recognizes intersections between race and language.&nbsp;</li> <li>Earn an endorsement for bilingual education from Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>This certificate is designed for teachers who want to enhance their instruction and serve billingual students.&nbsp;</p>
Child and Family Health Certificate
<h3><b>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS&nbsp;</b></h3> <ul> <li>Flexible requirements so that students can customize their certificate.</li> <li>Proximity to mental health agencies and other academic institutions in Boston offers significant opportunities to enhance your career.</li> </ul>
<p>Increase your capacity to support the mental health of children and families as a counselor or educator.&nbsp;</p>
Deafblindness Certificate
<h3><b>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS&nbsp;</b></h3> <ul> <li>Boston College is the oldest and most established teacher preparation program in deafblindness in the United States.</li> <li>Learn to develop and implement unique literacy lessons with evidence-based practices for learners who are deafblind.</li> </ul>
<p>Learn how to support communication development and engagement of learners who are deafblind.</p>
Early Childhood Policy and Leadership Certificate
<h3><b>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS </b></h3> <ul> <li>Complete a three-course certificate in Early Childhood Policy and Leadership, including courses in the science of early childhood development; program and policy development and evaluation; and leadership, advocacy, and partnerships.</li> <li>Participate in monthly seminars, targeting key issues related to early childhood research, practice, policy, advocacy, and leadership over the course of three semesters. </li> <li>Complete a three-month, paid summer internship in a local, national, or international setting to solidify skills in policy development and analysis, leadership, advocacy, or research translation in the early childhood field.</li> <li>Translate learning from the internship and certificate courses by completing a capstone project, such as a policy brief, academic paper, or policy analysis.<br /> </li> </ul> <p> </p>
<p>Develop a deep understanding of the science of early childhood development and the policies and systems that intersect with young children and their families.<br /> </p>
Educational Policy Development Certificate
<h3><strong>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS&nbsp;</strong></h3> <ul> <li>Learn how policies shape the cultural norms and day-to-day practices at both a micro level and a macro level.&nbsp;</li> <li>Program utilizes a lens of social justice and equity as a basis throughout the curriculum.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Develop the skills to use policy creatively and effectively to advance organizational goals and educational change.&nbsp;</p>
Human Rights & International Justice Certificate
<h3><strong>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS </strong></h3> <ul> <li>Housed within the Center for Human Rights and International Justice.</li> <li>The Center’s Interdisciplinary Seminar in Human Rights and International Justice forms the foundation of the certificate program. </li> </ul> <p> </p> <p> </p>
<p>Learn to think critically within and across disciplines to better understand contemporary human rights challenges and offer thoughtful, effective responses.</p>
Institutional Research Certificate
<h3><b>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS&nbsp;</b></h3> <ul> <li>Program combines foundational courses in higher education administration with the MESA department's strength in data analysis, evaluation, and research design.&nbsp;</li> <li>Quantitative and qualitative research methods coursework are included.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Prepare for a career in higher education as an institutional research officer or analyst by helping schools address institution-related questions and problems.</p>
International Higher Education Certificate
<h3><b>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS&nbsp;</b></h3> <ul> <li>Offered through BC's renowned Center for International Higher Education.</li> <li>A field experience guarantees an individualized research experience for each student.</li> </ul>
<p>Deepen your understanding of global higher education models and critical issues impacting higher education around the world.</p>
Positive Youth Development Certificate
<h3><b>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS&nbsp;</b></h3> <ul> <li>Designed to benefit early- and mid-career youth development leaders.&nbsp;</li> <li>Students can take advantage of a practicum course to gain hands-on experience.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Learn about and utilize the Positive Youth Development model to support youth in diverse communities.</p>
Serving Exceptional Learners Certificate
<h3><strong>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS&nbsp;</strong></h3> <ul> <li>Acquire practical strategies for managing classrooms with students with special needs.</li> <li>A unique focus on Catholic formation for teachers and students.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Sharpen your teaching skills to serve students with diverse learning needs in Catholic Schools.</p>
Social Justice Leadership Certificate
<h3><b>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS&nbsp;</b></h3> <ul> <li>Students develop and enact their own theory of change to apply in practice.</li> <li>A <i>Reflection on Leadership</i> course prepares students for values-based school leadership where a respect for diversity is cultivated throughout their organization.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Boldly advance equity in schools and enact a systemic response to confront the barriers students face. </p>
Special Education Certificate
<h3><strong>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS&nbsp;</strong></h3> <ul> <li>Designed for practicing educators who teach in a range of inclusive schooling contexts, but who feel underprepared to meet their students’ needs.&nbsp;</li> <li>Flexible curriculum allows students to customize their certificate.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Enhance your skills for teaching students with disabilities and learn to better meet their needs in this program designed for general education professionals.</p>
Teaching ELL Certificate
<h3><strong>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS&nbsp;</strong></h3> <ul> <li>Opportunities to participate in field experience in a classroom that includes bilingual learners.</li> <li>Certificate program exceeds current state licensure requirements in Massachusetts reflecting the social justice mission of the Lynch School.</li> </ul>
<p>Prepares mainstream teachers and international educators to work with bilingual learners/English Language Learners in their mainstream classroom settings.</p>