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 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.

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*:

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.

Financial Assistance

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:

At a Glance

What are my options?

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

How long will it take?

The certificate can be completed in 1 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 TESpECI Department.


Application Information



Early Decision
November 1
Regular Decision
December 1
Late Decision
March 1

Application Form

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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