2023-2024 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. 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.

  • Program prerequisites: An initial license in a general education area such as early childhood, elementary, or secondary education.
  • Field-based assignments in Dual Language or Transitional Bilingual classrooms will help you apply the academic knowledge and the teaching skills 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. 
  • Bilingual Education Endorsement requirements: Successful completion of 75 hours of field-based experience in a PreK-12 transitional bilingual, two-way immersion, or other bilingual education setting; 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.

For the university's transfer credit policy for this and other programs, see the Transfer of Credits page.

Program of Study

EECLD 6002On Languages: What Educators Need to Know about Linguistics


EECLD 6013Foundations in Bilingual Education


EECLD 6004Language Acquisition, Oral Development & Bilingualism


EECLD 6014Teaching Reading and Writing in Two Languages


EECLD 6012Assessment for Equity & Inclusion of Multilingual Learners