Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed., C.A.E.S.

The Master's of Education (M.Ed.) program in Curriculum and Instruction is a 30 graduate credit hour program for students with teaching experience who wish to pursue new interests and extended study.

This program is for:

  • U.S. students who already possess an initial license and want to enhance learning further in their area of licensure

  • International students who wish to engage with foundational and leading edge thinking and thinkers on curriculum, pedagogy, and educational reform;

  • All candidates who want to explore new areas of interest such as policy, teacher leadership, teaching English Language Learners, universal design for learning, assessment, and special education

  • Students interested in Curriculum Design and Instructional Design 

  • Private school educators, Boston College students enrolled in the fifth year program, and educators from areas such as publishing, curriculum design, and museum education

  • Classroom teachers who wish to become educational leaders in their schools and districts.

This degree program does not lead to licensure, nor are students in this program eligible to apply for supervised practicum experiences. 

Programs of study are planned and personalized in consultation with a faculty advisor to support and develop candidate's professional goals and progress towards completion. There are two required courses. In collaboratin with their faculty advisor, program students select eight additional courses to construct a personalized and flexible pathway of study. Discipline and cross discipline focus areas may be selected. Several specializations and certificates are possible to include in the personalized program of study. All faculty in the Department work with students in the Curriculum and Instruction master's program, based on the interest areas of each student. With careful planning and advising, the program can be completed in one academic year and two summers.

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Financial Assistance

Education should level the playing field – we feel the same way about financial aid.

The Lynch School of Education provides more than $7.5 million in financial aid to students each year. As a result, the quality of BC’s instruction, the benefit of our alumni network, and the impact a BC degree will have on your employment options is both affordable and invaluable. Here’s why:

At a Glance

How many courses?

This program consists of 10 courses and practicum, for a total of 30 credits.


How long will it take?

Full time students will typically complete the program 1-1.5 years. 


When can I start?

Students can begin the program in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. 


Our Faculty & Expertise

What will I study?

Course Course Title  Credit
EDUC 7421 

Theories of Instruction

This provides an in-depth review of modern instructional models classified into selected families with regard to perception of knowledge, the learner, curriculum, instruction, and evaluation. Each student will be asked to survey models in his/her own field(s) and to select, describe, and defend a personal theory in light of today's educational settings based upon personal experiences, reflection on current research, and contemporary issues central to the education of all learners. 

3
EDUC
7436

Curriculum Theories and Practice

Asks teachers to analyze the philosophical underpinnings of educational practices. Also asks teachers to examine their own philosophies of education and to construct meaning and practice from the interplay between their beliefs and alternative theories. Designed for individuals advanced in their professional development.

3
  Four Electives 12

Where do our department gradautes work?

St. John's Preparatory School

Assistant Principal of Academics

Littleton Public Schools

Fourth Grade Teacher

Papillion La Vista School District

Sixth Grade Teacher

Museum of Science

Director of Exhibits

Goodwin Procter LLP

Court Procedures Attorney

Boston Public Schools

First Grade Teacher

Concord-Carlisle Regional School District

High School History Teacher

Needham Public Schools

Special Education Teacher

Steppingstone Foundation

Mathematics Instructor 

North Attleborough Public Schools

School Principal and ELL Coordinator

Career paths chosen by previous graduates of the TESpECI Department.

 

Application Information

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Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1
Regular Decision
January 10
Rolling Admission
After January 10

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A non-refundable application fee of $65 is required, however, this fee is waived for select applicants. To view the list of approved waivers, view the fee waiver form below.

Fee Waiver Form

Résumé

In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include:

  • Any teaching or counseling experience (including any licenses already held);
  • Any social justice related experience; 
    Any language skills other than English (especially Spanish language skills) and;
  • Any research experience or publications
 
 

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In 1,000-1,500 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation from academic sources are required, but applicants with significant relevant professional experience may submit additional letters of reference from supervisors.

Transcripts

Official transcripts, bearing the official seal of the institution and the signature of the registrar or relevant administrator, are required for all post-secondary education. Undergraduate transcripts are required and graduate level transcripts are accepted, but not required. Official transcripts are only required after acceptance and that unofficial copies are acceptable to be uploaded in the application.

Transcripts must be mailed to the following address:

Boston College, Lynch School of Education
Data Processing Center
P.O. Box 8027
Portsmouth, NH 03802

If you are using FedEx or UPS (as they do not ship to P.O. Boxes), please use this address:

Boston College, Lynch School of Education
Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Standardized Tests

An unofficial score report may be uploaded to your online Application Form; however, an official score report – sent directly from ETS – must also be submitted by the application deadline.

  • This program requires all applicants to have taken the GRE in a maximum of 5 years prior to application being submitted, regardless of previous academic coursework, previous degrees/credentials earned, and/or professional experience. No exceptions will be made.

  • The MAT, LSAT, and GMAT may also be substituted for the GRE if applying to a dual degree program.

For more information about the GRE exam, including test dates and testing sites, visit https://www.ets.org/gre.

Lynch School of Education GRE Code: 3218

Writing Sample

Not required.

International Students

An international applicant is defined as any person that requires a student visa in order to study in the United States. International applicants are eligible to apply to any graduate program in The Lynch School, provided they have successfully completed the equivalent of a United States bachelor degree and have the appropriate diplomas and/or satisfactory results on transcripts or leaving examinations from the country in which the degree was earned. International applicants must complete all program-specific application requirements as well as additional requirements outlined below.

Transcripts

Applicants that have completed a degree outside of the United States must have a course-by-course evaluation of their transcript(s) completed by an evaluation company approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Click HERE for a complete list of NACES-approved evaluators. Submission of falsified documents is grounds for denial of admission or dismissal from the University.

English Proficiency

All applicants whose primary language is not English (or for whom English is not one of their primary languages) are required to submit proof of satisfactory English proficiency. At this time, the only acceptable forms of proof for English proficiency are the TOEFL and IELTS exams (certificates of completion from English-language schools are not currently accepted). Below are the minimum scores required.

TOEFL iBT = 100 minimum

IELTS – 7.0 minimum

An official score report must be sent directly from Educational Testing Services (TOEFL). TOEFL School Code: 3240.

Exemptions

Applicants that meet either of the criteria below do not need to submit proof of English proficiency.

  • Applicants who completed an undergraduate OR graduate degree from a regionally-accredited institution within the United States

  • Applicants who completed an undergraduate OR graduate degree at an institution outside of the United States where the language of instruction was English

Conditional Acceptance

The Lynch School offers Conditional Acceptance to applicants that fulfill all academic requirements for admission to and are accepted to the program, but whose level of English proficiency does not meet the minimum requirements. In these cases, admitted students will be granted conditional admission, but will have to retake the TOEFL or IELTS exam and submit an official score report that shows the minimum score has been met no later than six weeks prior to the start of the semester in which the student’s program will begin. If a student with conditional admission does not submit a passing TOEFL or IELTS score within the allotted time frame, he/she will be granted a deferral to start in a future semester, no later than one year from the original start term. Due to this policy, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible in order to ensure that these conditions can be met.