Massachusetts State Seal of Biliteracy

Middlesex Community College supports and recognizes the Massachusetts State Seal of Biliteracy, a part of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education’s Equity Agenda.

What is the Massachusetts State Seal of Biliteracy?
The State Seal of Biliteracy is an award provided by the State of Massachusetts that recognizes public high school graduates who attain high functional and academic levels of proficiency in English and a world language in recognition of having studied and attained proficiency in two languages by high school graduation. The vision is to help students recognize the value of their academic success and see the tangible benefits of being biliterate. The State Seal of Biliteracy takes the form of a seal that appears on the transcript or diploma of the graduating senior and is a statement of accomplishment for future employers and for college admissions.

The Massachusetts State Seal of Biliteracy acknowledges linguistic equity because all world languages are included.  Proficiency of the languages is evaluated via testing that measures all modalities of communication: listening and understanding spoken language, speaking with fluency (use of vocabulary), reading and comprehending the reading, and writing to demonstrate knowledge of grammar. 

What Type of Credit is Recognized at MCC?
Massachusetts public high school students who prove by their language proficiency skills (biliteracy) with equal strength in a world language plus English earn the Seal of Biliteracy. Students will receive:

  • Placement into college-level English Composition without the need for placement testing or developmental courses
  • 9 credits (3 semesters at 3 credits each) of World Language Electives for the Seal of Biliteracy
    (Intermediate High level of proficiency)
  • 12 credits (4 semesters at 3 credits each) of World Language Electives for the Seal of Biliteracy with Distinction
    (Advanced Low level of proficiency)

Additional Notes

  • World Language credits recognized from the Seal of Biliteracy count as general Humanities Electives, but not for the General Education Core.
  • On student transcripts, these credits will not have a grade and will be identified as sourced from the Seal of Biliteracy.
  •  These credits may or may not be transferable to another college. Each college and university determines if or how the Massachusetts State Seal of Biliteracy will be recognized and, if so, the number of credits may vary.
  • Students may opt to not have their Seal of Biliteracy credits recognized by MCC if the wish to take World Language courses for regular, graded credit in order to better facilitate transferability. 
  • Following an initial recognition of general World Language Elective credits upon admission to MCC, the student will be notified that they can optionally request a verification process for a specific language to be recognized on their transcript. If the college offers the language (see below), the student will receive credit for that language rather than generic World Language (LAN) credits. (As described previously, such credit will not be graded and the same transferability limitations apply.)
  • Before a student can receive credit for Advanced Placement (AP) languages or specific World Language courses taken at MCC, the college will need to determine which language that student's Seal of Biliteracy was for in order to avoid double counting of credits for the same language.

Which World Languages are Offered for 4 Semesters at MCC?
  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Khmer
  • Latin
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
For More Information, contact:
Marilyn Glazer-Weisner, Director, World Language Institute & Intensive English Institute 
781-280-3934 / glazerm@middlesex.mass.edu 


Last Modified: 1/19/21