The Certificate in Social Justice Leadership helps current and aspiring leaders develop and enact a theory of change to boldly advance equity in schools. Through a series of four courses, participants discern organizational impediments to students’ opportunities to learn, then envision and enact a systemic response to confront these barriers. The goal of the program is to provide intensive support to educators committed to deepening their knowledge, skills, and dispositions to ameliorate educational inequities.
The Certificate in Social Justice Leadership will prepare students to:
Practice critical self-reflection and discernment
Foster an ethical, mission-driven school or educational environment/organization
Create structures that advance organizational and professional learning
Observe, assess, and support effective teaching and instructional practices
Advance equity and agency across multiple constituencies
This program consists of 4 courses for a total of 12 credits.
Most students complete the program within a semester or a year.
Students can begin the program in the Fall,
Spring or Summer semesters.
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:
Lynch School faculty from the Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education are recognized for exceptional scholarship and influential work across a range of areas and subject matters in the fields of expertise. In both research and teaching, our faculty champion diversity—inclusive of race, language, learning abilities, and socioeconomic status—necessary to effect meaningful change. As students put their own scholarship into action, faculty members help guide their growth as critical thinkers, reflective leaders, and engaged citizens.
All courses are designed by faculty members of the Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education, which include:
The Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education prepares the next generation of effective educational leaders. The Educational Leadership and Policy program develops administrators, community leaders, and advocates who will create fair and meaningful learning opportunities for all students. Graduates are knowledgeable about standards-based reform and technological advances and are trained to employ evidence-based practices.
Career paths chosen by previous graduates of the ELHE Department.
In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include any licenses currently held, any social justice-related experience, any language skills other than English, and any research experience or publications.
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.
Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to your online Application Form for purposes of application review. However, official transcript(s) must also be submitted upon acceptance/matriculation. Both undergraduate and graduate transcripts are required.
Official transcripts should be sent to the following address:
Boston College Lynch School of Education Office of Graduate Admission and Financial Aid
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Ave.
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467