The certificate includes the following courses:
ELSP 701: Fundamentals of Bilingual Special Education: Policies, Laws, and Practice
ELSP 702: Removing Barriers for Classroom Assessment and Instruction of Bilingual Students
ELSP 703: Assessment for Equity and Inclusion of Bilingual Students with and without Disabilities
ELSP 704: Culturally Responsive Individualized Educational Planning for Bilingual Students with Disabilities
By 2023, minority students who speak another language other than English at home will represent nearly 30% of all students enrolled in U.S. schools. Teachers need to work to ensure equitable outcomes for English language learners (ELLs) and those with disabilities.
The Teaching Bilingual/English Learners with Disabilities (ELL/SPED) Certificate fits with and extends the current graduate degree programs as most graduate students come for an initial licensure, to add licensure, or to meet the state requirement to move from initial licensure to professional licensure. All these professionals will need additional hours toward any license in serving English learners and students with special education needs across all licensure areas in the state of MA.
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.
Certificate courses that are taken for academic credit may be combined to earn advanced standing in one of Lasell's M.Ed. programs.
The ELL/SPED certificate program offers four six-week courses that result in Professional Development Points (30 PDPs/CEUs per course or 1.5 academic credits) 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.
ELSP 701 - Fundamentals of Bilingual Special Education: Policies, Laws, and Practice
This project-based course facilitates understanding of the historical, theoretical and legal foundations of bilingual and multicultural special education. The focus of the course will address the stipulations outlined in the Disabilities Education Act requiring 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.
ELSP 702 - Removing Barriers for Classroom Assessment and Instruction of Bilingual Students
The project-based course will address how to establish preventive practices in the general education classroom that the teacher, ESL teacher, and school community support for bilingual English language learners with potential disabilities. Participants will use an ecological assessment perspective regarding 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.
ELSP 703 - 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.
ELSP 704 - Culturally Responsive Individualized Educational Planning for Bilingual Students with Disabilities
This course will address how to implement high-leverage, instructional strategies that can be used across all content areas with a focus on reading, spelling, and vocabulary. Within the context of the a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) framework, the instruction and intervention design capitalizes on coherence across the general education, ESL, and special education environments. A critical focus on interventions that highlight the use of active learning, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles, growth mindset, and oral language development will be highlighted.
Are you ready to take a class? It takes just 10 minutes to register online!
The ELL/SPED Certificate is offered 100% online. For more detailed information, you can view the Graduate Course Schedule. As a teacher you may be interested in either earning your master's degree or satisfying your professional development requirement. Lasell's classes offer either PDP's or academic credit. You choose the format best for you.
Tuition for the ELL/SPED Certificate courses are:
It takes just 10 minutes to register online. Admission documents are not required.
When you register online, you will be asked to create a new account. Please select the course code, semester, and session. If you are taking the course for Professional Development Points (PDPs) and are a MATSOL, MABE, CAPELL or RITELL member, please click on the Professional Discount box and select MATSOL/MABE Member to receive the $500 per course member rate.
If you would like to take the course for Professional Development Points (PDPs), please register for the course ending Lecture/PDP ($500 or $700 per course depending on MATSOL, MABE, CAPELL or RITELL membership).
If you would like to take the course for academic credit, please register for the course ending Lecture/CR. ($900 per course)
Prior to course registration, please have the following information available:
|ELSP701 - Fundamentals of Bilingual Special Education: Policies, Laws, and Practice (6 weeks)|
|ELSP702 - Removing Barriers for Classroom Assessments and Instruction of Bilingual Students (6 weeks)|
|ELSP703 - Assessment for Equity and Inclusion of Bilingual Students with and without (Dis)Abilities (6 weeks)|
|ELSP704 - Culturally Responsive Individualized Educational Planning for Bilingual Students with Disabilities (6 Weeks)|
Browse our full Course Schedule.
If you need assistance, please contact:
Office of Graduate Enrollment
221 Woodland Road
Newton, MA 02466
|Course Number||Name||Format||Instructor||Day/Time||Session Dates|
|ELSP 702.CR||Assessment Barriers: Bilingual students||Online||TBA||Session I||1/16 - 3/6|
|ELSP 702.PDP||Assessment Barriers: Bilingual students||Online||TBA||Session I||1/16 - 2/27|
|ELSP 703.CR||Equity & SPED Assessment for Bilinguals||Online||TBA||Session II||3/19 - 4/30|
|ELSP 703.PDP||Equity & SPED Assessment for Bilinguals||Online||TBA||Session II||3/19 - 4/30|
|Course Number||Name||Format||Instructor||Day/Time||Session Dates|
|ELSP 704.CR||Culturally Responsive Individualized Educational Planning for Bilingual Students with Disabilities||Online||TBA||Session I||5/15 - 6/26|
|ELSP 704.PDP||Culturally Responsive Individualized Educational Planning for Bilingual Students with Disabilities||Online||TBA||Session I||5/15 - 6/26|
Online Information Session
Tuesday, 2/19 @ 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, 2/21 @ 12 p.m.
Student Testimonial"I feel we were given a strong introduction to the world of special education and ESL and how they intersect. In the past, both domains appeared in separate silos with different identification and assessment processes. As a result of my recent reading, I now see the intersection between the two fields and I am excited to bring this information back to my District."