2020-2021 Graduate Academic Catalog

Bilingual Education Endorsement

This program has been approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for the Bilingual Education Endorsement in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

This program is specifically designed for bilingual teachers working in settings where instruction is delivered in two languages, such as Dual Language Education (DLE) and Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE).

In this program, you will develop deep understanding of the unique languages, cultures, and identities of linguistically diverse student populations. The program provides a thorough grounding in research-based best practices for teaching emergent bilingual learners—students learning the language, culture, and content of schools in the United States. You will learn to teach highly engaging lessons through study of culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy, first and second language acquisition, bilingualism and biliteracy, and scaffolding content and language demands of academic tasks and texts. You will explore how listening, speaking, reading, writing, and the arts enable English language learners to access and demonstrate content, language, and literacy knowledge within academic disciplines. You also will learn to work in culturally and linguistically diverse environments in collaboration with multilingual families and school communities to enact a commitment to social justice.

Field-based assignments in Dual Language or Transitional Bilingual classrooms will help you apply the academic knowledge and the teaching skills you’ve developed through your coursework. If you are not already a teacher of record in your own bilingual classroom, you will work with our faculty and field placement office to gain early field experience in a local bilingual classroom. 

Degree Requirements

Program Prerequisites: An initial license in a general education area such as early childhood, elementary, or secondary education. A passing score on a foreign language test acceptable to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in the relevant foreign language, as indicated in CMR 7.14(3)(a)1.

Bilingual Education Endorsement Requirement: Successful completion of a 75-hour early field experience.

Courses may have prerequisites for registration; please check course descriptions.

EECLD 6002Essential Linguistics: What Every Teacher Needs to Know about Language


EECLD 6013Foundations in Bilingual Education


EECLD 6004First and Second Language Acquisition and Oral Development


EECLD 6014Teaching Reading and Writing in Two Languages


EECLD 6012Assessment for Equity and Inclusion of CLD Learners: Linguistic/Cultural Differences and Disabilities