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.

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.

Financial Assistance

Education should level the playing field – we feel the same way about financial aid.

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development provides more than $7.5 million in financial aid to students each year. As a result, the quality of BC’s instruction, the benefit of our alumni network, and the impact a BC degree will have on your employment options is both affordable and invaluable. Here’s why:

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.


Undergraduate transcripts are required as part of the application process and graduate transcripts are accepted, but not required. Please note the following:

  • Only official transcripts, bearing the official seal of the institution and the signature of the relevant administrator, are acceptable.
  • Copies and unofficial transcripts are not acceptable.
  • If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate degree at the time your transcript is sent, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.
  • Transcripts must be mailed to the following address:

    Boston College, Lynch School of Education
    Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services
    Campion Hall 135
    140 Commonwealth Avenue
    Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

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