Teaching, Curriculum, and Society (TCS)

Teaching, Curriculum, and Society (TCS)

The Teaching, Curriculum, and Society department recognizes that education can serve as a tool for both liberation and oppression. With this in mind, our teacher education and curriculum and instruction programs are designed to prepare teachers, curriculum specialists, professors, and other educators to be leaders in combating marginalization and promoting equity across a range of educational environments.

Teacher Education Program Themes

All of our teacher education programs are grounded in four unifying themes that represent our shared values. Each theme describes our conceptualization of a key aspect of teaching, learning, and schooling. Although no single course or fieldwork experience takes up all of the themes fully, taken together, the elements of our programs are designed to provide multiple opportunities for teacher candidates to explore these themes in theory and practice.



Program match your criteria

Autism Spectrum Disorder Certificate
<h3><strong>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS </strong></h3> <ul> <li>All students complete a field experience as part of the certificate.</li> <li>Develop expertise in a range of evidence-based strategies for educating students with ASD.</li> <li>Engage with critiques of ASD research and service provision levied by members of the autism community. </li> </ul> <p> </p> <p> </p>
<p>Learn how to better serve students with ASD by understanding the nature of autism and the educational techniques that best meet these students’ unique needs.</p>
Curriculum & Instruction, M.Ed.
<h3><strong>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS </strong></h3> <ul> <li>Students develop a personalized program of study with their advisor to fit their professional goals. </li> <li>Examine approaches to multicultural education, anti-racist education, and inclusion that aim to transform the curriculum.</li> </ul>
<p>Enhance your knowledge of curriculum, policy, and pedagogy thorough an exploration of educational philosophy and the political, social, and philosophical underpinnings of teaching and learning.</p>
School Leader (Principal, Assistant Principal, etc.) Teacher Leader (Dean of Faculty, Academic Coordinator, etc.) ELL Coordinator Teacher Program Coordinator
Curriculum & Instruction, Ph.D.
<h3><b>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS </b></h3> <ul> <li>Actively addresses social inequities and contributes to creating a more just society.</li> <li>Multiple opportunities to engage in hands-on curriculum and praxis-focused research.</li> <li>Choice of specialization: Language, Literacy &amp; Culture; Critical Perspectives on Schooling: Race, Class, Gender, Disabilities; Leadership, Policy, &amp; Educational Change; or Math, Science &amp; Technology.</li> </ul> <p> </p>
<p>Designed to develop professionals who have the knowledge, intellectual disposition, professional skills, ethical sensibilities, and leadership potential to make a difference in the lives of all schoolchildren.</p>
Researcher School Principal Teacher Leadership Professor Director of Curriculum Superintendent
Early Childhood Education, M.Ed.
<h3><strong>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS </strong></h3> <ul> <li>Curriculum includes courses such as Science Play and Learning, and Arts and Music.</li> <li>Benefit from the close relationship with Boston College Children's Center and Saint Columbkille Partnership School.</li> <li>Graduates become eligible for initial licensure in Massachusetts.</li> </ul>
<p>Nurture a diverse range of pre-K–2 students with authentic and meaningful teaching in this licensure program. </p>
Pre-K Teacher Kindergarten Teacher First Grade Teacher Second Grade Teacher Assistant Principal of Academics
Early Childhood Policy and Leadership Certificate
<h3><b>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS </b></h3> <ul> <li>Complete a three-course certificate in Early Childhood Policy and Leadership, including courses in the science of early childhood development; program and policy development and evaluation; and leadership, advocacy, and partnerships.</li> <li>Participate in monthly seminars, targeting key issues related to early childhood research, practice, policy, advocacy, and leadership over the course of three semesters. </li> <li>Complete a three-month, paid summer internship in a local, national, or international setting to solidify skills in policy development and analysis, leadership, advocacy, or research translation in the early childhood field.</li> <li>Translate learning from the internship and certificate courses by completing a capstone project, such as a policy brief, academic paper, or policy analysis.<br /> </li> </ul> <p> </p>
<p>Develop a deep understanding of the science of early childhood development and the policies and systems that intersect with young children and their families.<br /> </p>
Elementary Education, B.A.
<h3><strong>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS </strong></h3> <ul><li>Features coursework in child development, learning theories, instructional strategies and models, curriculum and school organizational practices, educational technology, and assessment procedures and instruments.</li><li>Graduates become eligible for initial licensure in Massachusetts.</li></ul> <p> </p>
<p>Prepare to teach diverse learners in grades 1-6 (with and without mild disabilities) in a variety of school settings including public, private, parochial, and independent.</p>
Classroom Teacher (Grades 1-6) Integrated Pre-School Teacher Kindergarten Intern Teachers in Informal Educational Environments Teacher Assistants
Elementary Education, M.Ed.
<h3><b>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS </b></h3> <ul> <li>Students develop skills to work with diverse range of children, while utilizing knowledge of instructional practices and perspectives on children, schools, and society.</li> <li>Graduates are eligible for initial licensure in Massachusetts.</li> </ul> <p> </p>
<p>Prepare to teach the elementary grades in an ethical, culturally proficient, skilled, and collaborative way.</p>
Classroom Teacher (Grades 1-6) Assistant Principal Research Assistant Educational Advocate Educator at Non-Profit Organizations
Global Perspectives in Curriculum and Instruction Certificate
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<p>This certificate prepares students how to become effective teachers in an increasingly globalized world and what constitutes a valued and engaging curriculum for the community. You'll learn how to adopt a global lens to identify and address barriers to equity, inclusion, and global citizenship in educational settings.  <br /> </p>
Global Perspectives: Teaching, Curriculum, and Learning Environments, M.Ed.
<h3><b>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS </b></h3> <ul><li>Students explore educational viewpoints across a wide range of cultures and countries.</li><li>Conduct action research to address problems encountered in your educational setting.</li><li>Opportunities to hear worldwide guest speakers provide insights on global education trends.<br /> </li></ul> <p> </p> <p> </p>
<p>Learn to apply global perspectives to benefit students in a variety of educational settings, including international schools.<br /> </p>
Teachers Principals Program Directors Action Researchers School Administrators
Inclusive Instructional Design Certificate
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<p>This certificate will study the rapidly changing landscape in various learning environments and apply learner variability to offer options for engagement and learner choice. Students will be able to transform one size fits all classrooms into vibrant learning communities where all learners can belong and succeed.<br /> </p>
Jesuit Education in a Global World, M.Ed.
<h3><b>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS </b></h3> <ul> <li>Apply Jesuit teaching and curricular practices that improve life opportunities for students in diverse global contexts.  </li> <li>Engage in action research to solve a problem of practice. </li> <li>This program is affiliated with Boston College's Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies.</li> </ul> <p> </p>
<p>Utilize an Ignatian and international lens to best meet the needs of global and diverse students.</p>
Law, J.D. & Education, M.A. or M.Ed.
<h3><b>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS&nbsp;</b></h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><ul> <li>Access to field experiences that incorporates educational advocacy.</li> <li>Option to pursue one of three education master's programs: Higher Education, Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction.</li> </ul> </p>
<p>Use legal and educational expertise to become an advocate for social justice and promote quality education for all.</p>
Education Law and Civil Litigation State and Federal Court Clerks Researchers Policy Analyst Board of Directors (ie. local school districts, community colleges etc.)
Secondary Education, B.A.
<h3><strong>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS </strong></h3> <ul> <li>Students acquire a second major, preparing them to teach in that subject area.</li> <li>Students learn to think critically about education as a result of the Lynch School's innovative theoretical approaches to teaching and firsthand experience working with high school students.</li> <li>Graduates become eligible for initial licensure in Massachusetts.</li> </ul> <p> </p>
<p>Prepare to teach grades 8-12 (with and without mild disabilities) in a variety of school settings.</p>
Humanities and Social Science Teacher (English & History) ELA Teacher Science Teacher (Physics, Biology, Chemistry, or Earth/Environmental Science) Language Teacher (Spanish, Latin, or French)
Secondary Education, M.Ed.
<h3><b>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS </b></h3> <ul> <li>Content area electives allow students to create a personalized program in their content area.</li> <li>Students learn how to teach for social justice and reflect on their practice as a means to enrich their teaching and lesson planning skills.</li> <li>Graduates are eligible for initial licensure in Massachusetts.</li> </ul>
<p>Prepare to teach grades 8-12 in one of the following disciplines: English, History, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Physics, Spanish, French, and Mathematics.</p>
High School Teacher Middle School Teacher Lead Teacher Assistant Principal
Special Education Licensure Programs
<h3>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS</h3> <ul><li>Students are prepared to work in a variety of settings, including a fully inclusive classroom.</li><li>Benefits of the dual licensure programs: practicum experience meeting both licensure requirements, accelerated program of study.</li></ul> <h3> </h3> <h3> </h3> <p> </p>
<p>As schools become more inclusive, the Lynch School offers a variety of single and dual licensure master&#39;s programs in mild/moderate disabilities and in severe and multiple disabilities.</p>
Moderate Special Needs Severe Special Needs Moderate and Severe Special Needs Elementary Education and Moderate Special Needs Elementary Education and Severe Special Needs Secondary Education and Moderate Special Needs
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate
<h3><b>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS </b></h3> <ul><li>Prepares students to apply the principles of TESOL using instructional technology<br /> </li><li>Online Certificate program meets the current needs for TESOL across the globe</li></ul>
<p>The TESOL certificate program will also prepare students to teach English in diverse instructional settings where English is a second, foreign, or international language.<br /> </p>
Urban Teaching Programs
<h3><b>Programs</b></h3> <ul> <li>Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars provides interactive urban education seminars, critical inquiry research, social justice education, and community building that is responsive to the academic and socio-cultural needs of urban youth and their families. <br /> <br /> </li> <li>Urban Catholic Teaching Corps (UCTC) trains students who want to intentionally and actively participate in formation as Catholic school teachers in urban settings. UCTC offers participants the opportunity for weekly faith sharing, three retreats a year, spiritual direction, pilgrimages, and full engagement in community living.</li> </ul>
<p>The Lynch School's urban teaching programs: Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars and Urban Catholic Teaching Corps, are for students who are dedicated to supporting urban schools and communities. </p>
Cohort-based Substantial Financial Aid Tailored Seminars and Experiential Learning

The Boston College teacher preparation programs are characterized by a strong commitment to excellence and equity, including:


Our faculty are active researchers, recognized for their influential work in urban education, special education, STEM, and dual-language learning. 

Faculty Accepting Doctoral Students

Retired Faculty



We are an approved teacher preparation program by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 


Donovan Scholar Program

An intensive one-year program where students earn an M.Ed. and learn to flourish as K–12 teachers in urban schools. 

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