2017 - 2018 Academic Catalog

Teaching English Learners with Disabilities Certificate

Overview Requirements Course Descriptions Faculty

NOTE:  Students can elect to earn 120 PDPS or 6 credits for the entire certificate.

The concentration in ELL/SPED provides post-baccalaureate students with the knowledge and skills in the Professional Standards for Teachers required by the state of Massachusetts to maintain their licensure requirements for serving ELLs with or without special education needs and students with disabilities who are not English learners.

ELSP701: Fundamentals of Bilingual Special Education: Policies, Laws, and Practice
ELSP702: Removing Barriers for Classroom Assessment and Instruction of Bilingual Students
ELSP703: Assessment for Equity and Inclusion of Bilingual Students with and without Disabilities
ELSP704: Culturally Responsive Individualized Educational Planning for Bilingual Students with Disabilities

Course Code Course Title Credits
Core Courses
ELSP701 Fundamental of Bilingual Special Education: Policies, Laws, and Practice
ELSP702 Removing Barriers for Classroom Assessments and Instruction of Bilingual Students
ELSP703 Assessment for Equity and Inclusion of Bilingual Students with and without (Dis)Abilities
ELSP704 Culturally Responsive Individualized Educational Planning for Bilingual Students with Disabilitie

The certificate program is structured as follows:

  • The ELL/SPED certificate program offers four six-week courses that result in Professional Development Points (30 PDPs per course) for educators.  These courses are also available for credit as an option for teachers who may wish to earn graduate credit.  In this case, there are additional assessments and a different pricing structure for these students. 

ELSP701 - Fundamental of Bilingual Special Education: Policies, Laws, and Practice

This project-based course facilitates understanding of the integrated historical, theoretical and legal foundations of bilingual and multicultural special education. The focus is to address free and appropriate education for racially, culturally and linguistically diverse children with and without disabilities in the least restrictive environment. Participants will examine components of their system, the alignment to legal mandates, ethical practice and recommendations for addressing equity.

ELSP702 - Removing Barriers for Classroom Assessments and Instruction of Bilingual Students

The project-based course will address how to establish prevention practices in the general education classroom that the teacher, ESL teacher, and special educator can address to support preventively bilingual English language learners. Participants will use an ecological assessment perspective of the context of the education environment, culturally responsive practices, and the connection and application of instructional strategies. Data-informed instructional practices and efficient classroom assessment including a focus on screening and progress monitoring will be addressed.

ELSP703 - Assessment for Equity and Inclusion of Bilingual Students with and without (Dis)Abilities

This course includes the assessment of bilingual English learners in the areas of language, culture, and social- emotional development. A process for distinguishing between second language indicators and learning disabilities is studied and selected assessments tools are examined and used. Non-discriminatory report writing will be addressed.

ELSP704 - Culturally Responsive Individualized Educational Planning for Bilingual Students with Disabilitie

This course will address how to implement high leverage, instructional strategies that can be used across all content areas with a focus on reading comprehention, oracy, and vocabulary. Within the context of a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) framework, the instruction and intervention design that capitalizes on coherence across the general education, ESL, and special education environments. A critical focus on interventions that highlight the use of active learning, such as Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles, growth mindset, and tiered instruction of oral language development will be highlighted

Sarah Abbott

Faculty Connected Learning Organizer; Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

Office: Plummer House

Janice Barrett

Professor of Communication

Office: Donahue Center for Creative and Applied Arts

Linda Bucci

Chair of Justice Studies; Professor of Legal Studies

Office: Plummer House

Sarah Burrows

Director of the Internship Program; Associate Professor of Communication

Office: Klingbeil

Elizabeth Hartmann

Associate Professor of Education

Office: Brennan Library

Marisa Hastie

Associate Professor and Program Director of Exercise Science

Office: 70 Maple Street

Cristina Haverty

Chair of Athletic Training & Exercise Science; Associate Professor of Athletic Training

Office: 70 Maple Street

Dana Janbek

Associate Professor of Public Relations

Office: Donahue Center for Creative and Applied Arts

Young-Tae Kim

Associate Professor of Sport Management

Office: Wass Hall

Michael Laramee

Assistant Professor of Communication

Office: Donahue Center for the Creative and Applied Arts

Luis Lopez-Preciado

Assistant Professor of Fashion

Office: Donahue Center for Creative and Applied Arts

Amy Maynard

Associate Professor of Education

Office: Winslow Putnam Center

Meryl Perlson

Chair of Communication; Associate Professor of Communication

Office: Donahue 107

Karin Raye

Assistant Professor of Legal Studies

Office: Klingbeil House

Matthew Reilly

Assistant Professor of Marketing

Office: Maple Terr MOD

Claudia Rinaldi

Chair of Education, Associate Professor of Education

Office: Brennan Library

Lori Rosenthal

Chair of Social Sciences; Associate Professor of Psychology

Office: Plummer House

Daniel Sargeant

Chair of Sport Management; Assistant Professor

Office: Bancroft House

Dwayne Thomas

Associate Professor of Sport Management

Office: Wass Hall

Melissa Varao

Chair of Marketing/Management; Associate Professor Hospitality and Event Management

Office: DeArment House, #5

Nancy Waldron

Associate Professor of Marketing

Office: DeArment House

Martin Walsh

Associate Professor of Management

Office: DeArment House

Brian Wardyga

General Manager, Lasell College Radio; Associate Professor of Communication

Office: Brennan Library

Edward Weeks

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Office: Plummer House

Catherine Zeek

Professor of Education; Director of RoseMary B. Fuss Teaching and Learning Center

Office: Brennan 101

ELSP701 - Fundamental of Bilingual Special Education: Policies, Laws, and Practice

This project-based course facilitates understanding of the integrated historical, theoretical and legal foundations of bilingual and multicultural special education. The focus is to address free and appropriate education for racially, culturally and linguistically diverse children with and without disabilities in the least restrictive environment. Participants will examine components of their system, the alignment to legal mandates, ethical practice and recommendations for addressing equity.

ELSP702 - Removing Barriers for Classroom Assessments and Instruction of Bilingual Students

The project-based course will address how to establish prevention practices in the general education classroom that the teacher, ESL teacher, and special educator can address to support preventively bilingual English language learners. Participants will use an ecological assessment perspective of the context of the education environment, culturally responsive practices, and the connection and application of instructional strategies. Data-informed instructional practices and efficient classroom assessment including a focus on screening and progress monitoring will be addressed.

ELSP703 - Assessment for Equity and Inclusion of Bilingual Students with and without (Dis)Abilities

This course includes the assessment of bilingual English learners in the areas of language, culture, and social- emotional development. A process for distinguishing between second language indicators and learning disabilities is studied and selected assessments tools are examined and used. Non-discriminatory report writing will be addressed.

ELSP704 - Culturally Responsive Individualized Educational Planning for Bilingual Students with Disabilitie

This course will address how to implement high leverage, instructional strategies that can be used across all content areas with a focus on reading comprehention, oracy, and vocabulary. Within the context of a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) framework, the instruction and intervention design that capitalizes on coherence across the general education, ESL, and special education environments. A critical focus on interventions that highlight the use of active learning, such as Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles, growth mindset, and tiered instruction of oral language development will be highlighted