Certificate in Early Childhood Policy and Leadership

Certificate in Early Childhood Policy and Leadership

The Institute of Early Childhood Policy serves as the base for this interdisciplinary certificate in Early Childhood Policy and Leadership. The highly selective certificate program employs a cohort model to train master’s and doctoral students to develop a deep understanding of the science of early childhood development and the policies and systems that intersect with young children and their families.

At a Glance

How many courses?

The program consists of 3 courses,
9 credits total.

How long will it take?

The Early Childhood Policy Leadership certificate is a 1.5 year cohort model, including three semesters and a summer.

When can I start?

Applications are due in late fall, with the cohort program beginning in January.

Institute Fellows

As fellows of the Institute of Early Childhood Policy, certificate students will be supported by faculty mentors and complete one-and-a-half years of rigorous training that will prepare them to analyze policies, conduct cutting-edge research, and translate scientific findings into practice in the early childhood field. Fellows will be part of a robust and expanding regional, national, and international network of early childhood researchers, practitioners, and policy leaders, which will lay a strong foundation on which to build their careers. Our fellows have the opportunities to be mentored by a diverse group of faculty.


Current Boston College master’s and doctoral students with a demonstrated interest in research, leadership, and policy related to the early childhood field are encouraged to apply for the training program. 


  • Credits: 9
  • Summer Internship
  • Capstone Project
  • Monthly Seminar
The goal of this training program is to develop a new field of leaders in research, policy, and practice.
Rebekah Levine Coley, Professor, Applied Developmental & Educational Psychology; Director, Boston College Institute of Early Childhood Policy (IECP)



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Application & Deadlines

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A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required, however, this fee is waived for select applicants.



  • Regular Decision — 11/1


Please include it with your online application.

Personal Statement

A personal statement is 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.


All official undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be sent to our office before the application deadline. Please note the following:

  • Only official sealed (unopened) transcripts are acceptable. An official postsecondary transcript must be printed on official institutional paper and include at least one of the following: an institutional watermark, the registrar’s signature, or the registrar's seal.

  • Copies and unofficial transcripts sent directly from applicants are not acceptable, the transcript must come directly from the institution.

  • If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate and/or graduate degree, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.

Official electronic transcripts are accepted when sent directly to gsoe@bc.edu from the institution. When requesting electronic transcripts, you must manually type in gsoe@bc.edu to ensure it is received by our office. 

Mailed transcript(s) should be sent to the following address:

Lynch Office of Graduate Admissions, Boston College
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

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