Certificate in Bilingual Education

This certificate is designed to prepare BC graduates to work in settings where instruction takes place in two languages. Through targeted coursework, students will become familiar with the foundations of bilingual education, infusing language into content instruction, and teaching reading and language arts in Spanish as well as English. The work undertaken by BEC scholars prepares educators for teaching in both monolingual and bilingual educational settings. You will work with Lynch School faculty with extensive expertise in bilingual teaching and learning. Practicum placements in partner bilingual schools in the greater Boston area provide critical points of practice for teaching. The BEC accompanies the state-level certification associated with elementary and literacy specialist licensure programs.

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What will I study?

There are two avenues for earning the BEC, which are reflected in the two programs of study. 

  • The first program of study is for students enrolled at Boston college who are earning their licensure (BEC Pre-Service). 
  • The second is for practicing teachers who want to earn the BEC through a professional development route (BEC In-Service). Completing the certificate will make candidates eligible for state level endorsement for bilingual education.

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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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