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Lynch School of Education

Certificate of Advanced Educational Studies (C.A.E.S.)

Lynch School of Education

Experienced educators who already hold the Master's degree are admitted to the C.A.E.S. program. The C.A.E.S. degree signifies a degree beyond the Master's degree. The degree requirements for a C.A.E.S. degree are the same as the Master's degree. 

Please visit the Program of Study page to download the C.A.E.S. degree requirements. 


All M.Ed. students take the same six core classes in educational leadership and one elective in educational research.

Non-Licensure students take an additional three elective classes for a total program of study of 30 credits.

Students seeking licensure take one required three credit course in the principalship (ED617), a six credit practicum, and a three credit seminar accompanying the practicum. The total number of credits required for students seeking licensure along with the Master's is 33 credits. At the conclusion of the program of study, all students sit for a comprehensive examination.

Programs of Study


PLEASE NOTE: The Lynch School at Boston College is applying to obtain Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) licensure approval in Spring of 2013.

The Lynch School offers an approved program to allow students to seek state licensure as Principal/Assistant Principal.

To be licensed in this area, the student must possess Advanced Provisional License as a teacher in Massachusetts or in a state with which Massachusetts has a reciprocal agreement, and have taught for at least three years.

All students seeking licensure in Massachusetts must pass the Massachusetts Test for Education Licensure. The University will advise unlicensed private school teachers who are seeking state licensure in administration of this requirement.

Each student currently completes a 300-hour substantive practicum in the area of licensure for school leadership. The practicum requirement will increase to 500 hours in Fall of 2013.