Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership (PSAP)

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership (PSAP)


The Professional School Administrator Program (PSAP) provides an opportunity for full-time administrators to obtain their superintendent licensure and a Doctor of Education in educational leadership. The program was developed by Boston College more than three decades ago to provide an opportunity for full-time school administrators to pursue doctoral study.

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College partners with the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASS) and Teachers21 to prepare future superintendents and school leaders for public, Catholic, charter, and independent schools.

Boston College's Ed.D. program is an active member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate, a national effort by 55 institutions to reform and strengthen the education doctorate.

The program is grounded in the core values of the Lynch School, with coursework focusing on leadership for social justice, school reform, community building, and leadership for learning.

Through a cohort model that emphasizes collaborative learning and support, PSAP aims to create a powerful network of district-level leaders throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and beyond.

This program results in Superintendent Licensure, and is approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent Licensure. 

View additional information on the LLPS and the licensure program.

At a Glance


Who is this for?

This program is for full time administrators.  


How many courses?

This program consists of 13 courses for a total of 39 credits. 


How long will it take?

Full time students will complete the program in 3 years.
Two week sessions each summer (for 3 summers) are required. 


When can I start?

Students can begin the program only in the Summer semester.
A new cohort is accepted every other year.


Program Faculty & Expertise


What will I study?


Curriculum


  • Courses: 13
  • Credits: 39
  • Comprehensive Exam

Where do our graduates work?


Merrimack College

Resident Director

The Legal Aid Society

Education Attorney

Princeton University

Communications & Outreach Coordinator

Fordham University

Admission Counselor

 

University of Connecticut

Career Consultant

Kyung Hee University

Policy Analyst

Monsignor Haddad Middle School

Guidance Counselor

Brown University

Study Abroad Advisor

University of Miami

Director of Enrollment Marketing and Operations

Elms College

President

Career paths chosen by previous graduates of the ELHE Department.

Financial Assistance


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

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development provides more than $7.5 million in financial aid to students each year. As a result, the quality of BC’s instruction, the benefit of our alumni network, and the impact a BC degree will have on your employment options is both affordable and invaluable. Here’s why:

Application Information

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Deadlines

All applicants
2/1/19

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

Resume

In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include:

  • Any teaching or counseling experience (including any licenses already held);
  • Any social justice related experience; 
    Any language skills other than English (especially Spanish language skills) 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.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation from academic sources are required, but applicants with significant relevant professional experience may submit additional letters of reference from supervisors.

Transcripts

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. 

If your degree was obtained from an institution outside of the U.S. you are required to submit a course-by-course evaluation completed by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) approved evaluator. A complete list of NACES-approved evaluators is found on the Directory of NACES Members.

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

Standardized Tests

This program does not require the GRE or any other standardized test.

Writing Sample

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

All applicants to this program are required to submit one piece of work that demonstrates graduate-level writing ability. This document may be an academic term paper, a published work in which you are the primary author, a training manual or curriculum that you have created, a clinical case formulation, or another representative sample of your writing. The document should be approximately 15-20 pages.

International Students

International applicants are encouraged to apply to the Lynch School of Education and Human Development. Learn about requirements for international students.

Contact Us

  gsoe@bc.edu
  617-552-4214