Certificate in Deafblindness

Certificate in Deafblindness

Boston College is the oldest and most established teacher preparation program in deafblindness in the United States. In addition to completing the requirements for the Severe Disabilities Program (which includes content on deafblindness), students will either have the following competencies and/or take the following coursework:

  • Sign Language (basic competency or Sign I)
  • Braille (basic competency or Braille I)
  • Deafblind Seminar
  • Language Acquisition Module
  • Impact of deafblindness on learning
  • To participate in functional vision and hearing evaluations
  • Evidence-based practices and best practices in teaching learners who are deafblind
  • Importance of the hands and meaningful experiences to learning
  • Child-guided assessment and instruction
  • To collaboratively plan and implement daily communication programming
  • Develop and implement unique literacy lessons such as story boxes, experience stories, interactive home-school journals, meaningful choice-making
  • How to modify lessons and identify appropriate accommodations to support the engagement of learners who are deafblind

Program Faculty & Expertise

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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