Certificate in Teaching English Language Learners

Certificate in Teaching English Language Learners

Who is this program for:

Boston College Lynch School offers the Teaching English Language Learners (TELL) certificate program at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Candidates include:

  • Students who hold a license to teach in US public schools
  • Students pursuing a license to teach in US schools
  • Students with interest or experience in working with bilingual learners/English language learners in other educational contexts 

Who will you work with:

  • Candidates work with professors and instructors who are expert in the field of working with bilingual learners/English language learners.
  • Candidates enrolled in licensure programs will have field placements that include work with bilingual learners/English language learners.

What are the program goals:

This program is designed to prepare mainstream teachers to work with bilingual learners/English Language Learners in their mainstream classroom settings. International students and others intending to work with bilingual learners/English language learners in other contexts find the TELL certificate program useful as well.

Unique aspects of the program:

The certificate program exceeds current state licensure requirements in Massachusetts. This expanded focus on bilingual learners/English language learners reflects the social justice mission of the Lynch School.

  • First and second language acquisition theory
  • Research on bilingualism
  • Culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy for content, language and literacy learning for bilingual learners/English language learners
  • Effective practices for working with bilingual learners/English language learners and their families.
  • U.S. policy and history related to the education of bilingual learners/English language learners

Program Faculty & Expertise

What will I study?


  • Courses: 2 and
    a field experience
  • Credits: 10

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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