The Bilingual Education Certificate (BEC) is an instructional series designed for teachers who wish to earn the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) endorsement for bilingual education.
BEC courses share in common a unifying view of equity and justice that recognizes intersections between race and language. Instructors work with participants to view themselves and their instruction through a critical lens that sees how these intersections can be recognized and used for enhancing instruction.
The first two courses are focused on the history and politics of bilingual education, and on theory and research in bilingualism and second language acquisition. The remaining courses move directly into instructional applications, specifically highlighting critical literacy and language arts teaching in bilingual education settings.
Throughout your certificate work, you will engage with Lynch School faculty and doctoral students with extensive expertise in bilingual education, teaching, learning, and curriculum. The Bilingual Education Certificate is an endorsement that accompanies the state-level certification associated with elementary and literacy specialist licensure programs.
Key learning outcomes are driven by the subject matter knowledge requirements set forth by the DESE to qualify for bilingual endorsement. To these ends, BEC students will learn about: foundations of bilingual education and bilingualism; 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 children and youth. Participants who complete the certificate, and have a 75 hour practicum in a bilingual education program, will be eligible for the DESE bilingual endorsement.
There are two avenues for earning the Certificate in Bilingual Education (BEC), which are reflected in the program of study. Completing the certificate will make candidates eligible for state level endorsement for bilingual education.
If you are interested in taking the certificate for non-credit, please see our Professional and Continuing Education site.
In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include:
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 email@example.com from the institution. When requesting electronic transcripts, you must manually type in firstname.lastname@example.org 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