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Educational Leadership at Boston College

The Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College offers a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Educational Leadership The M.Ed. degree program draws candidates from diverse backgrounds, including educators from district, private, Catholic, charter, and international educational settings. This diversity allows for an intellectually rich and rigorous environment in which future educational leaders are prepared. Students engage different perspectives and question the core assumptions at the root of their educational philosophies in order to generate new approaches to the practice of educational leadership.

The Educational Leadership Program is committed to preparing the next generation of effective P-12 educational leaders. The Program seeks to develop aspiring principals who can provide leadership for learning, create fair and meaningful opportunities to learn for all students, are knowledgeable about standards-based reform and technological advances, and employ evidence-based practices. The Program is committed to preparing school leaders who can collaborate effectively, foster leadership in others, and successfully engage families and community members. We seek to instill in our graduates a deep concern for human dignity, social justice, and responsible global citizenship.


In line with accreditation standards and with our program mission, the following are the expected student learning outcomes upon completion of the program.

The M.Ed in Educational Leadership is a program approved and monitored by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in Massachusetts (DESE). Formal learning outcomes were developed by the DESE and apply to all students, whether or not they are seeking licensure. They are as follows:

  • Instructional Leadership: The school leader promotes the learning and growth of all students and the success of all staff by cultivating a shared vision that makes effective teaching and learning the central focus of schooling
  • Management and Operations: The school leader promotes the learning and growth of all students and the success of all staff by ensuring a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment, using resources to implement appropriate curriculum, staffing and scheduling.
  • Family and Community Engagement: The school leader promotes the learning and growth of all students and the success of all staff through effective partnerships with families, community organizations, and other stakeholders that support the mission of the school and district.
  • Professional Culture: The school leader promotes success for all students by nurturing and sustaining a school culture of reflective practice, high expectations, and continuous learning for staff.
Instructional Leadership for Science Practices

In a video, Assistant Professor Rebecca Lowenhaupt and Associate Professor Katherine McNeill discuss how to prepare K–8 school principals to support teachers’ learning and teaching of Next Generation Science Standards practices.

The Department of Higher Education and Educational Leadership offers two tracks towards obtaining a Master's Degree of Educational Leadership. Please click below to find out more about each individual track.

Program Requirements

If you are interested in becoming a leader in Jesuit elementary and secondary schools, and Jesuit colleges and universities, you can take advantage of a unique opportunity to apply the 9-credit certificate in Jesuit Studies from the Boston College Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies towards a master’s degree in educational leadership from the Lynch School of Education. Complete the 9-credit certificate, and another relevant 3-credit course such as Jesuit pedagogy, with 6 core courses in educational leadership to earn a master’s in education degree (or CAES) that equips you with essential knowledge and skills for leadership in Jesuit schools. Can be completed in one summer and academic year.


*This Master's program accepts applications for admission throughout the year. Each application is reviewed upon submission.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact the Admissions department at 617-552-4214 or

Contact the Educational Leadership and Higher Education Department

Campion Hall, Room 205
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
T: 617-552-4185



Coursework in the educational leadership program, at the intersection of theory and practice, provides a crucial formative experience for aspiring school leaders. Students are full members of the Boston College community and have ample opportunity to draw on the vast intellectual and material resources of the Department, School, and University.

The Boston College Educational Leadership Licensure Program recently received licensure approval from the Department of Secondary and Elementary Education (DESE) for Pre-K, K-12 Principal/Assistant Principal licensure

Read about the Educational Leadership Program's new courses, energized faculty, and focus on research-based leadership strategies and social justice.



With five full-time faculty members in the Department who teach Educational Leadership courses and advise students, candidates can be assured that the University is committed to the continued growth of the program. Faculty members and current students are active in various professional organizations, including the American Educational Research Association (AERA), theUniversity Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), and the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). To view individual faculty profiles, please click on their names below.

Vincent Cho, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Lauri Johnson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Coordinator, Professional School Administrator Program (PSAP)

Program Coordinator, Educational Leadership

Department Chair, Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education

Rebecca Lowenhaupt, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Diana Pullin, J.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Education Law and Public Policy

Martin Scanlan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor