The graduate Reading/Literacy Education licensure program is designed to prepare licensed classroom teachers and resource room specialists for specialized literacy instruction in schools. Literacy specialists provide critical supports in schools by working with both students and teachers to prevent and remediate language and literacy difficulties in children. Eligible applicants must have at least one year of teaching to meet Massachusetts Literacy Specialist licensure standards. The program conforms to the Standards for Reading Professionals of the International Literacy Association.
Students should carefully plan programs in consultation with the program advisor to see that degree and licensure requirements are met. Classroom teachers must meet with the practicum director to create a proposal to fulfill practicum requirements while remaining in their own classroom.
In the Reading/Literacy Education licensure program, you will learn about language development and its relation to literacy outcomes, the varied social contexts in which language and literacy development take place, bilingualism and second language acquisition, text selection, and literacy assessment practices. Knowledge in these domains will be applied via targeted practicum experiences. In your practica, the knowledge you build via your Lynch School classroom experiences are applied to direct work with mentor reading/literacy specialists, classroom teachers, and students in schools. This synthesis of coursework knowledge and classroom practice is encapsulated in the Inquiry Seminars that are required of all licensure students. In these seminars, students work directly with faculty to make sense of their daily school-based experiences in the contexts of the readings and activities that characterize Lynch School coursework. This cyclical process of teaching, learning, and reflecting is the core of the licensure experience.
The Lynch School has a long history of national accreditation, which includes NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education), TEAC (Teacher Education Accreditation Council), and CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation). Most recently, the Lynch School was granted full and complete accreditation through CAEP, valid from Fall 2018 through Spring 2024. Boston College is currently the only CAEP accredited education preparation organization in Massachusetts.
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This program consists of 10 courses and practicum, for a total of 30 credits.
Full time students will typically complete the program in 2 years.
Students can begin the program only in the Fall semester
Teaching Bilingual Students (Elementary) or EDUC6347 Teaching Bilingual Students (Secondary)
Deals with the practical aspects of the instruction of teaching English Language Learners in Sheltered English Immersion, and mainstream classrooms. Reviews and applies literacy and content area instructional approaches.
Literacy and Assessment in Secondary School
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.
Teaching Language Arts
Examines the development of written and spoken language and methods of instruction for oral and written language from the preschool years through early adolescence. Students learn strategies for identifying children's areas of strength and weakness and to plan instruction.
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Provides students with a comprehensive overview of major theories and research in language and literacy including theories of instruction. Emphasis is placed on major reports on literacy instruction as well as critiques of those reports.
Assessment and Instruction of Students with Reading Difficulty
Examines the methods and materials related to formal and informal assessment, analysis, and interpretation of the results of assessment and instructional techniques for students with a range of reading difficulties (K-12). Focus is on the needs of students from varied populations.
This course explores the influences, appeal, and impact of children's literature. Students will be expected to develop and apply criteria to evaluate the value of using children's literature in different contexts. Critical questions will be explored in relation to children's literature.
Graduate Inquiry Seminar I
The course will coincide with the pre-practicum experience. It is designed to introduce teacher candidates to inquiry as stance and the skills necessary to conduct classroom-based research that leads to pupil achievement and teaching for social justice.
Graduate Inquiry Seminar II
The primary goal of this capstone seminar is to initiate teacher candidates into the practice of teacher research or collaborative inquiry for action. Collaborative Inquiry for Action is an ongoing, collaborative process of systematic and self-critical inquiry by educators about their own schools and classrooms in order to increase teachers' knowledge, improve students' learning, and contribute to social justice.
Specialist License Practicum/Clinical Experience
A semester-long, full-time clinical experience for advanced level students working in schools in a professional role. Covers the following graduate licensure programs: Reading, Moderate Special Needs, and Intense Special Needs.
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Assistant Principal of Academics
Fourth Grade Teacher
Sixth Grade Teacher
High School History Teacher
Director of Exhibits
Court Procedures Attorney
First Grade Teacher
Special Education Teacher
School Principal and ELL Coordinator
Career paths chosen by previous graduates of the TESpECI Department.
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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.
Two letters of recommendation from academic sources are required, but applicants with significant relevant professional experience may submit additional letters of reference from supervisors.
Undergraduate transcripts are required as part of the application process and graduate transcripts are accepted, but not required. Please note the following:
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
For all Boston College students and alumni
If you received any type of degree from Boston College, or if you are a current Boston College student, the GRE is not required.
For all other applicants
If you did not receive a degree from Boston College or if you are not a current Boston College student, the GRE is required.
The Lynch School GRE code is 3218.