The Certificate in Serving Exceptional Learners in Catholic Schools is designed to prepare participants to serve the diverse learning and behavioral needs of their students who are atypical learners. Teachers will sharpen their skills in managing classrooms of diverse learners, connect their practice with new research findings, and learn practical strategies to enhance student learning. Although this certificate does not fully prepare teachers to be special educators, it addresses the key strategies needed for serving these students in Catholic school classrooms.
The Department of Teacher Education/Special Education, Curriculum & Instruction provides this preparation within the highly ranked and internationally recognized Lynch School of Education and Human Development. Our geographic proximity to the concentration of academic and nonprofit institutions in the Greater Boston and Northeast region—and our extraordinary alumni network—provide significant opportunities to enhance your professional career.
The first option is a 4 course, 8 credit certificate.
The second option involves completion of the certificate as part of a Boston College master's or doctoral program.
The certificate requirements may be completed in one summer.
Students can begin the program in the fall, spring, or summer semesters.
The certificate may be achieved through two pathways:
The certificate requirements may be completed in one summer. Students must obtain a B or better in each course and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA to be counted towards the certificate. Certificate courses may also be taken indivually or applied toward the completion of a M.Ed. in Education.
To be awarded the certificate, one must complete the program of study form (see link below) and have it approved by the program coordinator.
Sequence of courses are subject to change. Please check with your advisor for the specfic years each course is offered.
|Course||Course Title||Semester Offered|
|EDUC6374||Management of the Behavior of Students with Special Needs||Fall, Summer|
|EDUC6589||Teaching & Learning Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms||Spring, Summer|
|EDUC6590||Universal Design for Learning||Summer|
|EDUC7411||Catholic Faith Formation for Exceptional Learners Seminar||Summer|
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Fourth Grade Teacher
Sixth Grade Teacher
High School History Teacher
Director of Exhibits
Court Procedures Attorney
First Grade Teacher
Special Education Teacher
School Principal and ELL Coordinator
Career paths chosen by previous graduates of the TESpECI Department.
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