This program prepares teachers to work with emergent bilingual learners/English language learners in mainstream classroom settings.
This page details the Teaching English Language Learners (TELL) certificate program at the graduate level. We also offer this certificate at the undergraduate level. For more information, please visit the appropriate page.
Teaching Bilingual Students in Elementary Schools
Deals with the practical aspects of the instruction of teaching English Language Learners in Sheltered English Immersion, and mainstream classrooms in elementary education. Reviews and applies literacy and content area instructional approaches. Includes such other topics as history and legislation related to English Language Learners and bilingual education, and the influences of language and culture on students, instruction, curriculum, and assessment. Course EDUC6346 is for elementary and early childhood education students.
Teaching Bilingual Students in Secondary Education
Deals with the practical aspects of the instruction of teaching English Language Learners in Sheltered English Immersion, and mainstream classrooms in elementary education. Reviews and applies literacy and content area instructional approaches. Includes such other topics as history and legislation related to English Language Learners and bilingual education, and the influences of language and culture on students, instruction, curriculum, and assessment. Course EDUC6347 is for secondary education students.
Bilingualism, Second Language and Literacy Development
Explores first and second language and literacy development of children raised bilingually as well as students acquiring a second language during pre-school, elementary, or secondary school years. Also addresses theories of first and second language acquisition, literacy development in the second language, and factors affecting second language and literacy learning. Participants will assess the development of one aspect of language or language skill of a bilingual individual and draw implications for instruction, parent involvement, and policy. This course is fully online. The course will have biweekly synchronous meetings. The course meeting time will be determined at the first session by consulting with all students.
For those candidates enrolled in a licensure program (Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary, etc.), the TELL certificate requires completion of a field experience in a classroom that includes bilingual learners and/or English language learners.
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:
A personal statement is 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