Bilingual Education Certificate for Catholic Educators

The Bilingual Education Certificate (BEC) is an instructional series designed for Catholic teachers who wish to earn a certificate from the Boston College Lynch School of Education and Human Development. Together, in community, a cohort of Catholic educators take online four courses over the span of four semesters.

Multilingual World: Multilingual Church

Catholic schools are urged to "undertake the special effort necessary" to help students guard their cultures and language for the enrichment of the world. (Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity, 2000 USCCB document)

Bilingual Certificate Program for Catholic Educators

Beginning each fall, a cohort of Catholic educators take together online the four courses below, which result in 120 professional development points (PDPs) and a certificate in bilingual education. 

  • Foundations of Bilingual and Dual Language Education (1 unit);
  • Bilingualism, Second Language, and Literacy Development (3 units); 
  • Bilingual Literacy and Literature (3 units); and 
  • Teaching Writing (1 unit).

Together in community through synchronous and asynchronous sessions, participants will discuss readings, complete assignments, and consider how content can be applied in their respective school settings. Areas of focus and topics addressed throughout the certificate program include: the social and political contexts of language use and instruction; enhanced ways of teaching language through content; bilingual language arts and literacy instruction; and text selection for multilingual youth.

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Audience

The Bilingual Education Certificate for Catholic Educators is designed for elementary and secondary Catholic school teachers and leaders working in dual-language schools or interested in bilingual education. TWIN-CS school participants are preferred.

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2021-2022 Dates

The program begins in Fall 2021 and runs through Fall 2022.

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Costs

Total cost for the Bilingual Education Certificate for Catholic Educators is $3,200 per person, which includes all four courses.


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Register

Registration is limited to 15 schools per year.

The deadline to register is July 1 of each year.

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About the Facilitator: Elena Sada, Ph.D.

Molly McMahon

Dr. Elena Sada, program director for the Roche Center's Two-Way Immersion Network of Catholic Schools (TWIN-CS), has more than 20 years of expereince working with teachers and leaders implementing dual language and world langauge programs. As TWIN-CS program director, Elena oversees a national network of 21 dual language Catholic schools that share research, ideas, techniques, and resources to support students in becoming bilingual and biliterate. She holds a doctorate in bilingual education from the University of Connecticut.