Master’s Programs

The Lynch School is consistently ranked among the top 25 schools of education and as the top-ranked Catholic school of education in the country. Theory, research, and practice are integrated across programs, which also leverage the robust practicum opportunities available in schools, hospitals, mental health centers, and universities in the Boston metropolitan area. The Lynch School’s focus on expanding social justice is a hallmark of our programs and the work of our students and faculty.

The Lynch School has five departments:

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Applied Statistics & Psychometrics, M.S.
<h3>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS</h3> <ul> <li>Exposure to the latest trends in psychometric theory and research.</li> <li>Internships with national organizations such as ACT, ETS, and Cognia.</li> <li>Coursework forcuses on organizational, educational, and behavioral improvement and equity through evidence-based research.</li> </ul>
<p>Use advance data analysis and statistical expertise to improve evidence-based organizational decision-making and practices.&nbsp;</p>
Educational Researcher Educational Consultant Principal Psychometrician Project Analyst Educator Institutional Researcher
Curriculum & Instruction, M.Ed.
<h3><strong>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS&nbsp;</strong></h3> <ul> <li>Students develop a personalized program of study with their advisor to fit their professional goals.&nbsp;</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 political, social, and philosophical underpinnings of teaching and learning.</p>
School Leaders (ie. Principal, Assistant Principal etc.) Teacher Leaders (ie. Dean of Faculty, Academic Coordinator etc.) ELL Coordinator Teachers Program Coordinator
Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars
<h3><b>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS</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.&nbsp;</li> <li>Donovan Scholars participate in cohort centered courses and professional development courses.&nbsp;</li> <li>Driven by the philosophy that educator diversity within urban schools should reflect the diverse population of students they serve, the program commits to recruiting aspiring educators of color.</li> </ul>
<p>The Charles F. Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars program is an intensive one-year Masters in Education, M.Ed., program leading to teacher licensure, that seeks to prepare K-12 teachers to work effectively with students and families in urban schools throughout the country.</p>
Cohort-based Substantial Financial Aid Tailored Seminars and Experiential Learning Strong Alumni Mentoring
Dual Degrees
<h3><strong>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS</strong></h3> <ul> <li>Degree are offered in tandem to allow an accelerated timeline.&nbsp;</li> <li>Student must be accepted to each degree individually.</li> </ul>
<p>Take advantage of strengths across Boston College with these programs that offer a Lynch School degree and a degree from another Boston College school.&nbsp;</p>
Higher Education, M.A. & Business, M.B.A. Counseling, M.A. & Theology & Ministry, M.A. Education, M.A. or M.Ed. & Law, J.D.
Early Childhood Education, M.Ed.
<h3><strong>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS&nbsp;</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.&nbsp;</p>
Pre-K Teacher Kindergarten Teacher First Grade Teacher Second Grade Teacher Assistant Principal of Academics
Educational Leadership & Policy, M.Ed.
<h3><strong>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS </strong></h3> <ul> <li>Draw on social-justice values and leadership strategies to boldly improve equitable opportunities for traditionally marginalized students.</li> <li>Non-Licensure tracks in Educational Policy Development and Social Justice Leadership.</li> <li>Licensure track leading to school principal licensure.</li> </ul> <p> </p>
<p>Assume a leadership role in educational systems serving students, families, and communities.</p>
Educational Leadership
School Principal Researcher Dean of Students Superintendent School Vice Principal
Elementary Education & Extensive Support Needs, M.Ed.
<h3><b>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS </b></h3> <ul> <li>Practicum in general elementary and special needs settings.</li> <li>Graduates are eligible for Massachusetts initial teaching licenses in elementary education and in severe disabilities.</li> </ul>
<p>Develop lessons that are developmentally appropriate and intellectually challenging for students in the elementary grades and who have severe and multiple disabilities in this dual licensure program.<br /> </p>
Classroom Teacher (Grades 1-6) Special Education Teacher Assistant Principal Inclusion Facilitator Educational Advocate Resource Specialist
Elementary Education & Moderate Support Needs, M.Ed.
<h3><b>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS </b></h3> <ul> <li>Learn how to plan an individually-appropriate curriculum through the IEP as well as in inclusive classroom settings.</li> <li>Practicum experience in both general elementary and special needs settings.</li> <li>Graduates are eligible for Massachusetts initial teaching licenses in elementary education and in mild/moderate disabilities.</li> </ul> <p> </p> <p> </p>
<p>Promote student development, teach for social justice, and reflect on practice to improve instruction for students with mild/moderate disabilities in this dual licensure program.</p>
Classroom Teacher (Grades 1-6) Special Education Teacher (preK-8) Assistant Principal Inclusion Facilitator Special Education Coordinator
Elementary Education, M.Ed.
<h3><b>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS&nbsp;</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>&nbsp;</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: Teaching, Curriculum, and Learning Environments M.Ed.
<h3><strong>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS&nbsp;</strong></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.</li> </ul>
<p>Learn to apply global perspectives to benefit students in a variety of educational settings, including international schools.</p>
Teachers Principals Program Directors Action Researchers School Administrators
Higher Education, M.A.
<h3><b>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS</b></h3> <ul> <li>Choose one of four concentrations: Administration; Student Affairs; International Perspectives; or Spirituality, Faith, and Formation.</li> <li>Develop expertise in critical issues facing higher education.</li> <li>Graduate assistantships are integral to the program as they provide valuable professional experience while reducing the financial burden on students.</li> </ul>
<p>Develop expertise in student affairs, administration, or Catholic universities in one of the older higher education gradute programs in the country.&nbsp;</p>
College Student Affairs College Admissions Diversity and Inclusion Institutional Advancement Higher Education Leadership
International Higher Education, M.A.
<h3><strong>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS&nbsp;</strong></h3> <ul> <li>Choose from two tracks:&nbsp;<ul> <li>Scholar Practitioner Track: This track is for those seeking professional careers and includes a field experience placement.&nbsp;</li> <li>Research Intensive Track: This track is for those interested in research careers or doctoral study and includes a master's thesis.&nbsp;</li> </ul> </li> <li>Program is housed in BC's renowned Center for International Higher Education.&nbsp;</li> </ul>
<p>Explore comparative perspectives and use high quality research as a key tool to understand the major trends affecting the fast-growing field of global higher education.</p>
Study Abroad Advisor Director of University Partnerships International Student Advisor Research Assistant Adjunct Faculty
Jesuit Education in a Global World, M.Ed.
<h3><b>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS&nbsp;</b></h3> <ul> <li>Apply Jesuit teaching and curricular practices that improve life opportunities for students in diverse global contexts. &nbsp;</li> <li>Engage in action research to solve a problem of practice.&nbsp;</li> <li>This program is affiliated with Boston College's Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Utilize an Ignatian and international lens to best meet the needs of global and diverse students.</p>
Learning Engineering, M.A.
<h3><b>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS&nbsp;</b></h3> <ul> <li>Students complete design challenges, shadow working professionals, explore technology incubators, and intern with local organizations.</li> <li>Graduates leave the program with a dynamic portfolio that showcases the depth and breadth of their design work.</li> </ul>
<p>Prepares to design engaging and effective learning experiences that are informed by the learning sciences and incorporate cutting-edge technologies.</p>
Learning Engineers Learning Experience and User Experience Designers Instructional Designers and Evaluators Curriculum Developers Educational Technology Consultant
Mental Health Counseling, M.A.
<h3><b>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS&nbsp;</b></h3> <ul> <li>Students develop strong counseling skills, engage in reflective scholarship, and master scientifically informed best practices.</li> <li>Year-long practicum in community health centers, schools, hospitals, or treatment programs.</li> <li>Options for Massachusetts Licensure (60 credits) or Non-Licensure (48 credits) program track.</li> </ul>
<p>Prepared to serve the mental health needs of individuals, groups, communities, and systems across contexts and cultures, and to promote and advocate for social change.</p>
Licensed Mental Health Counselor Research Health Science Specialist In-home Family Therapist Substance Abuse Clinician Psychologists
Moderate & Extensive Support Needs, M.Ed.
<h3><b>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS </b></h3> <ul> <li>Assessment and instructional practices are taught at either elementary or secondary schooling level.</li> <li>Graduates are eligible for Massachusetts initial teaching licenses in mild/moderate disabilities and in severe disabilities. </li> </ul> <p> </p>
<p>Serve children with disabilities in a variety of settings including fully inclusive classrooms in this dual licensure program.</p>
Special Education Teacher Lead Teacher Learning Specialist Resource Specialist Inclusion Facilitator
Research and Evaluation Methods, M.A.
<h3>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS</h3> <ul> <li>Students have hands-on opportunities to work on applied research and evaluation projects in a variety of settings including K-12 and higher education, social services, and public health. </li> <li>Learn ways to develop and conduct studies that honor the perspectives and experiences of marginalized populations. </li> <li>Wide selection of electives make the program customizable for each student. </li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Develop data-driven skills to improve organizational decision-making and conduct vital evaluations to examine the processes and outcomes of their work.</p>
Educational Researcher Educator Data Analyst Evaluation Specialist Consultant Institutional Researcher
School Counseling, M.A.
<h3>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS</h3> <ul> <li>Program promotes a “whole child” approach to counseling where graduates consider both the in-school and out-of-school factors that impact students.</li> <li>Our 48-credit track meets current Massachusetts requirements for initial licensure.</li> </ul>
<p>Become an advocate who utilizes evidence-based practices to promote positive development for all children and adolescents.</p>
Elementary School Guidance Counselor Middle School Guidance Counselor High School Guidance Counselor College Admissions College Counseling
Secondary Education & Moderate Support Needs, M.Ed.
<h3><strong>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS </strong></h3> <ul> <li>Students work closely with faculty advisors to create an individualized course of study.</li> <li>Graduates are eligible for Massachusetts initial teaching licenses in secondary education and in mild/moderate disabilities.</li> </ul>
<p>Promote the growth of all students as your prepare to teach students with mild/moderate disabilities as well as general secondary education students in this dual licensure program. </p>
High School Teacher Middle School Teacher Special Education Teacher Assistant Principal Inclusion Facilitator
Secondary Education, M.Ed.
<h3><b>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS&nbsp;</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>&nbsp;</h3> <h3>&nbsp;</h3> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>As schools become more inclusive, the Lynch School offers a variety of single and dual licensure master's programs in&nbsp;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
Special Education for Extensive Support Needs, M.Ed.
<h3><strong>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS </strong></h3> <ul> <li>Program of study includes two routes, one for those who already have a teaching license (in any area) and one for those who do not.</li> <li>Additional specializations in deaf-blindness or autism are available.</li> <li>Graduates are eligible for the Massachusetts teaching license in Severe Disabilities.</li> </ul>
<p>Learn how to teach to the strengths and needs of students with severe disabilities, including those with additional sensory disabilities.</p>
Special Education Teacher Resource Specialist Inclusion Facilitator IEP Coordinator Assistant Special Education Teacher
Special Education for Moderate Support Needs
<h3><strong>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS</strong></h3> <ul> <li>Program options are available for both students who do and do not have a general teaching licensure.</li> <li>Additional specializations in deaf-blindness or autism are available.</li> <li>Graduates are eligible for the Massachusetts teaching license in Moderate Disabilities.</li> </ul>
<p>Develop learning goals and experiences responsive to the developmental and learning needs of students with special needs; including in ways that are responsive to language, cultural, and family backgrounds.</p>
Special Education Teacher Learning Specialist Reading Specialist
Urban Catholic Teacher Corps
<h3><b>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS</b></h3> <ul> <li>Actively engages in the ministry of teaching in the schools of the Archdiocese of Boston. </li> <li>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>Urban Catholic Teaching Corps (UCTC) trains students who want to intentionally and actively participate in formation as a Catholic school teacher in an urban setting while completing a master’s degree in Curriculum &amp; Instruction.&nbsp;</p>
Cohort-based Substantial Financial Aid Teacher Preparation