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Dual Language Certificate
Dual Language Certificate

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Prepare to be a bilingual educator in classroom or training settings. 

Are you interested in working in bilingual education programs? Our Dual Language Certificate Program aims to promote biliteracy and multiculturalism by meeting the diverse needs of students, families, and teachers in Massachusetts. In this five-course certificate, you will learn contemporary theory, critical perspectives, and culturally and linguistically sustaining pedagogical practices for working with multilingual learners.

Successful completion of the Dual Language Certificate Program also meets the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requirements for the Bilingual Education Endorsement. Due to the nature of this graduate certificate, this program is only available on-campus.


Join other teachers in exploring and critiquing current policy, practice, and research on dual language education and working together with the dynamic dual language community in the greater Boston area to engage dual language learners in strengths-based curriculum and classroom practices.

Also interested in a Master’s Degree?

Interested in pursuing an MA in Applied Linguistics with concentrations in ESL/Bilingual Education or Foreign Language Pedagogy? You can consider applying to our MA program while pursuing your Certificate, and transfer courses into the master’s program.

Plan Your Education

How to Apply

Please include a short statement of interest in the Dual Language Certificate Program, your resume, a recommendation (professional recommendations are accepted), and an academic transcript in your application.

Visit Admissions to get started. Once you start your application select the Dual Language Certificate from the drop-down menu, which lists programs.

Deadline & Cost

Deadlines: May 1 for fall, November 1 for spring

Application Fee: The nonrefundable application fee is $75. UMass Boston alumni and current students that plan to complete degree requirements prior to graduate enrollment can submit the application without paying the application fee.

Program Cost Information: Bursar's website


Graduation Criteria

Program Requirements

Complete 15 credits from five required courses.

Fieldwork: Complete 100 hours of classroom-based fieldwork.

Statute of limitations: Five years.

Course Requirements


Graduate Program Director:  
Corinne Etienne

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