Bilingual Education

The Bilingual Education Certificate (BEC) is a four-course instructional series for teachers seeking Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) endorsement for bilingual education. 

The bilingual education courses share in common a unifying view of equity and justice that recognizes intersections between race and language. Instructors work with participants to view themselves and their instruction through a critical lens that sees how these intersections can be recognized and used for enhancing instruction.
C. Patrick Proctor, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Literacy & Bilingualism

At a Glance

Who should attend?

Teachers, Adminstrators, Literacy Specialists and Coaches, Paraprofessionals


How long will it take?

Students can complete the full bilingual endorsement in a 12-month period.


Can it be customized?

Yes, we often work with districts to customize course delivery for groups of teachers.


How are courses delivered?

Courses are a combination of online and hybrid formats and can be taken individually or as a group.


Can I take one course out of the series?

Yes; however, if you're interested in the DESE Bilingual Endorsement, you must complete the full series.


Can I receive Academic Ladder Credits (ALCs)?

 Boston Teachers Union members can earn Academic Ladder Credits.

Courses

The first two courses are focused on the history and politics of bilingual education, and on theory and research in bilingualism and second language acquisition. The third and fourth courses move directly into instructional applications, specifically highlighting critical literacy and language arts teaching in bilingual education settings.

Foundations Of Dual Language And Bilingual Education

Students will be able to walk into any school that offers a bilingual program and/or serves bilingual pupils and identify the type of program in place depending on the specifics of different contexts. In service of this goal, students will explore the following characteristics of language education programs in the U.S specifically: history, models (and key attribute of program types), political contexts, and legal foundations. Students will understand dual language models, design, and implementation, including competencies, knowledge, and skills of dual language teachers, features of instruction and assessment, and implementation.

Format

Online, six weeks

Offered:

June 2020
September 2020
January 2021

15 PDPs

Professional Development Points

Bilingualism, Second Language, and Literacy Acquisition 

This course explores theories of first and second language and literacy development among children raised bilingually as well as students acquiring a second language during pre-school, elementary, or secondary school years. The course also addresses varied social, political, and instructional factors that affect bi/multilingual language and literacy development.

Format

Hybrid

Offered

September 2020

45 PDPs

Professional Development Points

Teaching Genres of Writing to K–8 Students

Students will get to pick one course from a series of three one-credit courses to prepare educators to teach language development and writing to students in grades K–8. The curriculum leverages Professor Maria Brisk's approach which has been tested for over 10 years in multiple schools. Courses focus on narrative writing, report and explanation writing, and argument and procedure writing. 

Format

Online, six weeks

Offered:

Multiple offerings throughout the year

15 PDPs each

Professional Development Points

Bilingual Literacy and Literature

This course 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. Participants will assess the development of one aspect of language or language skill of a bilingual individual and draw implications for instruction, parent involvement, and policy.

Format

Hybrid, six weeks

Offered

January 2021

45 PDPs

Professional Development Points

Program Faculty & Expertise

Doctoral Instructors and Practicum Supervisors
 

Jasmine Alvarado

Jasmine Alvarado
PhD Student, Teacher Education    

Rachel Moody

Rachel Moody
PhD Student, Teacher Education    

Questions?

For questions about the content and delivery of the courses contact Patrick Proctor at proctoch@bc.edu.

If you are interested in the BEC endorsement, or individual coursework for your school or school district contact Ashana Hurd at 617-552-4213, or email lynchschoolpce@bc.edu