Certificate in Serving Exceptional Learners in Catholic Schools

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 Teaching, Curriculum, and Society 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.

At a Glance

How many courses?

The first option is a 4 course, 8 credit certificate.
The second option involves completion of the certificate as part of a Boston College master's or doctoral program. 

How long will it take?

The certificate requirements may be completed in one summer.

When can I start?

Students can begin the program in the fall, spring, or summer semesters. 

Program Faculty & Expertise

What will I study?


  • Courses: 4
  • Credits: 8

Requirements & Timeline

The certificate may be achieved through two pathways:

  • 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 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 are subject to change. Please check with your advisor for the specfic years each course is offered. 

  Course     Course Title     Semester Offered  
  EDUC6374     Management of the Behavior of Students with Special Needs     Fall, Summer
  EDUC6589     Teaching & Learning Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms    Spring, Summer
  EDUC6590     Universal Design for Learning     Summer
  EDUC7411     Catholic Faith Formation for Exceptional Learners Seminar     Summer

Where do our graduates work?

St. John's Preparatory School

Assistant Principal of Academics

Littleton Public Schools

Fourth Grade Teacher

Papillion La Vista School District

Sixth Grade Teacher

Concord-Carlisle Regional School District

High School History Teacher

Museum of Science

Director of Exhibits

Goodwin Procter LLP

Court Procedures Attorney

Boston Public Schools

First Grade Teacher

Needham Public Schools

Special Education Teacher

Steppingstone Foundation

Mathematics Instructor 

North Attleborough Public Schools

School Principal and ELL Coordinator

Career paths chosen by previous graduates of the TCS Department.

Application Information



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.


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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