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Lasell Launches Teaching Program to Addresses Classroom Language Barrier for ELL Students with Disabilities

November 29, 2016

By 2023, minority students who speak a language other than English at home will represent nearly 30% of all students enrolled in U.S. schools. Teachers instructing this changing population need to ensure equitable outcomes for both English language learners (ELLs) and those with disabilities.

To meet this need, Lasell College has launched a new Bilingual/English Learners with Disabilities (ELL/SPED) Certificate for teachers that fits with and extends current graduate degree programs - whether a graduate student seeks initial licensure, to add licensure, or to meet the state requirement for professional licensure. All education professionals will need additional hours toward serving English learners and students with special education needs across all licensure areas in the state of MA.

"As I work with school districts across the state, I know this certificate will support teachers in their classrooms to know when English learners may need special education, it is critical for every teacher," said Professor Claudia Rinaldi, Chair of Lasell's Education Department.

The certificate 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.
These courses can also be part of Lasell's Master's program in Elementary Education grades 1-6 or Moderate Disabilities PreK-8 with initial licensure.
The program offers four, six-week courses that result in Professional Development Points (37.5 points/course for a total of 150 points) for educators. These courses are also available for credit as an option for teachers who wish to earn graduate credit. Additional assessments and a different pricing structure for these students apply.

Candidates can register for the certificate program if they hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. GRE/GMAT scores are not required.