Teaching English Language Learners
Through our leading ELL program, we train linguistically responsive teachers and policymakers who understand the needs of learners in increasingly multicultural and multilingual classrooms.
The Lynch School partners with a range of urban and suburban public, private, parochial, and charter schools in Greater Boston—empowering students to apply their skills in dynamic classroom settings. In the process, they gain teaching experience and learn how to thrive in an increasingly diverse education environment.
Student teaching opportunities include:
Boston College supports these partnerships through competitive national grants, including recent awards from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the National Science Foundation and through Title III funding from the U.S. Department of Education.
Graduate students complete one pre-practicum experience. Although only one school day per week for 10 weeks is required, we recommend graduate students spend two school days per week on-site during their pre-practicum.
The Lynch School requires graduate students to complete one 14-week, full practicum experience, conducted under the joint supervision of the Program Supervisor and the Supervising Practitioner.
“Student teaching is one of the most memorable and educative experiences of a teacher’s professional career. Within the 14-week full practicum experience, teacher candidates have the unique opportunity to apply the theory, research, and prior classroom experiences of their university coursework within a real world classroom environment. By the end of the experience, successful teacher candidates have the confidence and knowledge to lead their own classrooms and make a positive impact on their own students. ”