Boston College’s roots are in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, the 2,000-year Catholic intellectual tradition, and the faith experience of St. Ignatius Loyola, who founded the Society of Jesus in 1540.
At the Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch School of Education and Human Development, the Catholic concept of formation is foundational to our educational and religious heritage. We are dedicated to integrating intellectual excellence, a commitment to research, and service to society.
“We strive to bring core strengths of Catholic education, like the centrality of moral and spiritual development, into education more broadly.”
The Lynch School is the top-ranked Catholic school in U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of graduate schools of education. We prepare Catholic school teachers and leaders and conduct extensive research and professional development in Catholic school settings, from pre-K through higher education. We are dedicated to:
Our initiatives, research, and programs are animated by the core Jesuit, Catholic beliefs that inspire our mission, and by Ignatian pedagogical cycles of experiencing, reflecting, and acting.
Our approach to Catholic education is galvanized by collaboration across disciplines and perspectives. Lynch School students can pursue interdisciplinary dual-degree programs with Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry, Law School, Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, and School of Social Work.
In the Jesuit tradition of formation, the intellectual, social, and spiritual dimensions that make a person whole are interconnected. A commitment to educating the whole person is at the heart of our holistic vision for Catholic education.
Our efforts and initiatives in Catholic education are guided by a steadfast commitment to working for a more equitable world and caring for the poor and vulnerable. We empower teachers, scholars, educational leaders, and students to discern and promote equity and social justice through their work.
“What unites our diverse work is the underlying aspiration to enhance the human condition, to expand the human imagination, and to make the world more just.”
Our faculty conduct groundbreaking research on formative education, faith formation, leadership, and Catholic-school curriculum and instruction from a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, including theology, sociology, applied linguistics, psychology, measurement, and educational studies. This research sheds light on Catholic educators’ most promising insights and practices to enrich the lives of young people and facilitate their holistic development.
As a Catholic research university, Boston College prioritizes rigorous research that deepens our collective knowledge and understanding of the unique contributions of Catholic education, and in any given academic year, the University supports 10 to 20 research studies focused on Catholic schools and colleges.
Through robust interdisciplinary scholarship, our faculty members strengthen the field of Catholic education locally, nationally, and globally, employing empirical and conceptual approaches to explore the full spectrum of the human condition. We are commited to forming scholar-practitioners who can engage critically with both theory and empirical evidence and apply them to their own contexts to advance the greater good.
Catholic educational research at the Lynch School is supported through the Warmenhoven Family Endowed Fund for Collaborative Teaching and Research in Catholic Education (a gift of Daniel and Charmaine Warmenhoven P ’05). This endowed fund provides resources for Lynch School faculty to address issues facing Catholic schools and supports faculty and graduate students in research priorities identified by the Lynch School Catholic Education Committee.
Boston College helps its students connect their talents and strengths with the needs and opportunities of wider society through classes, curricula, and student formation efforts at every stage of their intellectual, social, and spiritual journeys.
This online master’s program prepares students to be excellent teachers in the Ignatian tradition, grounded in the Jesuit values of social justice, formation, and reﬂection. Students emerge ready to thrive as Ignatian educators in a range of international contexts. They take part in Global Perspectives courses as well as an optional trip to Spain and Rome to trace the footsteps of the early Jesuits.
UCTC is a rigorous, experientially rich formation program that prepares teachers to serve students in urban Catholic schools. Members pursue a fully funded, stipended M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction at the Lynch School, and after graduation complete a two-year teaching practicum in Boston’s Catholic schools.
This graduate-level certificate program—which can be completed on its own or as part of a doctoral or master’s program at the Lynch School—prepares Catholic school educators to serve the wide-ranging learning and behavioral needs of their students. Teachers sharpen their skills in managing classrooms of diverse learners, connect their practice with new research findings, and learn practical strategies to enhance student learning.
Intended for educators in Catholic high schools and catechists in parishes who want to concentrate their knowledge, this 18-credit certificate program draws on STM’s tradition of expertise in religious education. Interested students can expand their knowledge and skills by exploring specific areas of ministry, or a range of theological and pastoral topics.
STM offers an M.A. in Theology and Ministry for lay students seeking intensive study of theology, pastoral development, spiritual formation, and practical experience through a supervised ministry placement; a Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) for students who plan to go on to doctoral studies in theology; and the comprehensive professional Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree program.
Explores the historical, sociological, and cultural dynamics at the intersection of religion and higher education. Students examine the contemporary role of religion in the academy, the rise of secularism, and challenges to the integration of faith and intellectual life.
The only master’s degree in higher education with a concentration that prepares students to shape the policies and intellectual life of Catholic colleges and universities while supporting students in their own journeys of faith and spiritual development.Learn More
The country’s only program of its kind to offer a concentration in Catholic higher education administration. Through formative activities, coursework, and professional development, students prepare for leadership roles at vibrant 21st-century Catholic colleges and universities.Learn More
Based on the three core Ignatian pedagogical practices, this Lynch School program introduces first-year students to formative education and helps them discern who they are and their role in the world.Learn More
This School of Theology and Ministry interdisciplinary Ph.D. program prepares future leaders and scholars, focusing on religious education that branches out into practical and pastoral theology. Students also take courses at the Lynch School and Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences.Learn More
The School of Theology and Ministry offers three programs in the Catholic ecclesiastical degree progression: the Bachelor of Sacred Theology, Licentiate in Sacred Theology, and Doctorate in Sacred Theology. Those wishing to teach in Catholic education frequently pursue the latter two degrees.Learn more