Certificate in Bilingual Education

Certificate in Bilingual Education

This certificate is designed to prepare you 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 Bilingual Education Certificate 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 Bilingual Education Certificate 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.

Program Faculty & Expertise

What will I study?


  • Courses: 4
  • Credits: 8

There are two avenues for earning the Certificate in Bilingual Education, which are reflected in the two programs of study. 

  • The first program of study is for students enrolled at Boston college who are earning their licensure (BEC Pre-Service). 
  • The second is for practicing teachers who want to earn the Certificate in Bilingual Education through a professional development route (BEC In-Service). Completing the certificate will make candidates eligible for state level endorsement for bilingual education.

Application Information




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

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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.


All official undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be sent to our office before the application deadline. Please note the following:

  • Only official sealed (unopened) transcripts are acceptable. An official postsecondary transcript must be printed on official institutional paper and include at least one of the following: an institutional watermark, the registrar’s signature, or the registrar's seal.

  • Copies and unofficial transcripts sent directly from applicants are not acceptable, the transcript must come directly from the institution.

  • If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate and/or graduate degree, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.

Official electronic transcripts are accepted when sent directly to gsoe@bc.edu from the institution. When requesting electronic transcripts, you must manually type in gsoe@bc.edu to ensure it is received by our office. 

Mailed transcript(s) should be sent to the following address:

Lynch Office of Graduate Admissions, Boston College
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

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