The Certificate in Teaching Bilingual Learners with Disabilities 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.

Why should I Earn this Certificate?

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 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.

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.

Fundamentals of Bilingual Special EdS
1.5 credits
Removing Barriers for Classroom Assessme
1.5 credits
Assessment for Equity and Inclusion
1.5 credits
Culturally Responsive Individualized Edu
1.5 credits


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:

  • $500 per course (30 PDPs) - MATSOL, MABE, CAPELL, RITELL member rate
  • $700 per course (30 PDPs)         
  • $900 per course (1.5 credits)  

It takes just 10 minutes to register online. Admission documents are not required. 

See below for the dates of the next classes offered.

July 6, 2022 ELSP703 Assessment for Equity and Inclusion Claudia Rinaldi
October 27, 2022 ELSP704 Culturally Responsive Individualized Education Kelly-Ann Cooney

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)

Before course registration, please have the following information available:

  • Credit Card or Checking Account Information

If you need assistance, please contact:

Office of Graduate Enrollment 
Lasell University 
221 Woodland Road 
Newton, MA 02466
Tel: 617-243-2400