OLD - Certificate in Social Justice Leadership
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 Educational Leadership & Policy program 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
Available Format: Online or Hybrid
At a Glance
How many courses?
This program consists of 4 courses for a total of 12 credits.
Most students complete the program within a semester or a year.
When can I start?
Students can begin the program in the Fall,
Spring or Summer semesters.
Program Faculty & Expertise
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:
What Will I Study?
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.
Where Do Our Graduates Work?
University of Miami
Kyung Hee University
University of Connecticut
Monsignor Haddad Middle School
The Legal Aid Society
Communications & Outreach Coordinator
Study Abroad Advisor
Director of Enrollment Marketing and Operations
Career paths chosen by previous graduates of the ELHE Department.
- Early Decision
- November 1
- Regular Decision
- November 30
To be uploaded to your online Application Form
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.
Undergraduate transcripts are required as part of the application process and graduate transcripts are accepted, but not required. Please note the following:
Only official transcripts, bearing the official seal of the institution and the signature of the relevant administrator, are acceptable.
Copies and unofficial transcripts are not acceptable.
If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate degree at the time your transcript is sent, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.
Transcripts must be mailed to the following 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