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.

Program Faculty & Expertise

What will I study?


  • Courses: 6 including a field experience
  • Credits: 10

Application Information



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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.


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 gsoe@bc.edu from the institution. When requesting electronic transcripts, you must manually type in gsoe@bc.edu 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

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