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 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*:
|Course Name||Offered Every Fall||Offered Every Spring||Offered Every Summer|
|EDUC6374 Management of the Behavior of Students with Special Needs||X||X|
|EDUC6589 Teaching & Learning Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms||X||X|
|EDUC6590 Universal Design for Learning||X|
|EDUC7411 Catholic Faith Formation for Exceptional Learners Seminar||X|
*Subject to change. Please check with your advisor for the specific years each course is offered.
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:
The first option is a 4 course, 8 credit certificate.
The second pathway involves completion of the certificate as part of
a Boston College master's or doctoral program.
The certificate can be completed in 1 summer.
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Career paths chosen by previous graduates of the TESpECI Department.
In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include:
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