UMass Boston

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.

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How to Apply

Applicants must meet general graduate admission requirements in addition to the following program-specific requirements:

  • Official college transcript
  • Statement of interest
  • Résumé
  • One (1) letter of recommendation

Deadline & Cost

Deadlines: June 15 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


Required Courses (15 Credits)

  • APLING 605 - Theories and Principles of Language Teaching 3 Credit(s)
  • APLING 614 - Foundations of Bilingual/Multicultural Education 3 Credit(s)
  • APLING 615 - Dual Language Pedagogy 3 Credit(s)
  • APLING 616 - Curriculum Development in Bilingual Education 3 Credit(s)
  • APLING 618 - Teaching ESL: Methods and Approaches 3 Credit(s)

Graduation Criteria

Complete 15 credits from five required courses.

Fieldwork: Complete 100 hours of classroom-based fieldwork.

Statute of limitations: Five years.


Graduate Program Director Corinne Etienne
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