Graduate Certificate in English Education

The Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development offers a Graduate Certificate program for qualified post-baccalaureate students who are interested in receiving Initial Licensure in English Education, Grades 5–8 and 8–12. Students who are successful in completing this program will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to become a beginning teacher of English Education, Grades 5–8 and 8–12.

The English Education program draws on the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teaching and the related Preservice Performance Assessment tool used to evaluate teacher preparedness over the course of, and following, the practicum teaching experience. Course assignments are aligned with these goals, which we will use, together with practicum observations and state licensure exams, to determine overall preparedness.

English Education program graduates will develop knowledge, skills, dispositions, and abilities in the following five areas:

  1. Curriculum Planning and Assessment
  2. Teaching All Students
  3. Family and Community Engagement
  4. Professional Culture
  5. Subject-Matter Knowledge

Students will be able to:

  • Promote the learning and growth of all students by providing high-quality and coherent instruction, designing and administering authentic and meaningful student assessments, analyzing student performance and growth data, using this data to improve instruction, providing students with constructive feedback on an ongoing basis, and continuously refining learning objectives (Well-Structured Lessons; Adjustments to Practice; Reflective Practice).
  • Promote the learning and growth of all students through instructional practices that establish high expectations, create a safe and effective classroom environment, and demonstrate cultural proficiency (High Expectations; Meeting Diverse Needs; Safe Learning Environment).
  • Promote the learning and growth of all students through effective partnerships with families, caregivers, community members, and organizations.
  • Promote the learning and growth of all students through ethical, culturally proficient, skilled, and collaborative practice (Meeting Diverse Needs).
  • Demonstrate Subject-Matter Knowledge.

For students who successfully complete all of the courses and practica in this certificate program, the Wheelock College of Education & Human Development provides a recommendation for licensure to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Office of Educator Licensure. Students must also apply directly to the DESE and are required to take additional tests (Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure [MTELs]) to secure licensure.

Requirements for licensure as a teacher of English Education, Grades 5–8 and 8–12 are listed below. Please note, prior coursework may be submitted for review to determine equivalency. If determined to be equivalent, required courses listed may be waived as a part of the certificate program.

Total Credits: 32

  • SED CT 534 Classroom Management (2 cr)
  • SED DS 502 Adolescent Development (2 cr)
  • SED EN 500 Lesson Design & Instruction in the Humanities (2 cr)
  • SED EN 502 Reflection Seminar (2 cr)
  • SED EN 508 Student Teaching (8 cr)
  • SED EN 520 Pre-Practicum in English Education (2 cr)
  • SED EN 701 Teaching Text (4 cr)
  • SED EN 712 Teaching Writing (4 cr)
  • SED SE 510 Special Education (2 cr)
  • SED TL 525 Sheltered English Immersion (4 cr)