Certificate in Educational Policy Development

The Certificate in Educational Policy Development equips current and aspiring leaders in schools and community-based organizations to leverage dramatic organizational change. Through a series of four courses, participants develop a sophisticated appreciation of how policies shape the cultural norms and day-to-day practices at both a micro level (e.g., within institutions) and a macro level (e.g., within a school district, a city, or a state). The goal of the program is to help leaders develop their repertoire of skills to use policy levers to creatively and effectively advance organizational goals.

Launching Spring 2020.

The Certificate in Educational Policy Development 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

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Financial Assistance

Education should level the playing field – we feel the same way about financial aid.

A certificate from Boston College is an investment in your future. The Lynch School has a deep commitment to assisting academically qualified students to afford an excellent education. The Office of Graduate Admission & Financial Aid in the Lynch School provide resources to aid students through both need-based and merit-based financial aid.


At a Glance

How many courses?

This program consists of 4 courses for a total of 12 credits.
Most students complete the program in 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.


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.

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Where Do Our Graduates Work?


Princeton University

Brown University

University of Miami

Kyung Hee University

Fordham University

University of Connecticut

Merrimack College

Elms College

Monsignor Haddad Middle School

The Legal Aid Society


Communications & Outreach Coordinator

Study Abroad Advisor

Director of Enrollment Marketing and Operations

Policy Analyst

Admission Counselor

Career Consultant

Resident Director


Guidance Counselor

Education Attorney

Career paths chosen by previous graduates of the ELHE Department.

Application Information



Early Decision
November 1
Regular Decision
November 30

Application Form

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A non-refundable application fee of $65 is waived for the Spring 2019, Summer 2019, and Fall 2019 program start dates.


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.


Personal Statement


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